Outreach & Mission Work

Good Works

by Mary Jane Metcalf

John and Mary Jane Mecalf have been volunteering for 18 years, one Saturday morning a month, at the Good Works Homeless Shelter in Athens, OH. They became interested in the shelter when Keith Wasserman gave a presentation at Hopewell. The shelter is not just a place for people to sleep and be fed, it is a religious based organization. People have to be recommended or interviewed before they can stay. The main thrust is to get people jobs and back on their feet.

As part of Hopewell's Mission outreach program we are donating $300 a month to Good Works to help them in their effort to combat poverty in South Eastern Ohio.

Keith Wasserman started a homeless shelter in the basement of his home in 1981. In 1984 they were able to move the shelter to another house they brought and named Timothy House.

They are now in their 32nd year of learning how to love and serve those who are struggling with poverty in Southeastern Ohio. The Timothy House is the only homeless shelter for Athens, Vinton, Hocking, Meigs, Perry, Morgan, Washington, Gallia, and Jackson Counties.

In 1994 Good Works, Inc. bought the Luhrig Rd. property which now includes the Hannah House, Transformation Station. Good Gifts Store, Bed and Breakfast, Solitude Retreat Cabin, Hope Center, host work retreats, weekly community meals called Friday night Life, Senior Friends, Summer Kids, Discovery Club, and Neighbors helping Neighbors. There are 30 plus volunteer opportunities and ways people can help.

As you can see the name Good Works includes many ways of reaching out to a community and an area in need. They are doing everything they can to bring Hope, to experience the love of God, and provide food, shelter and care for the growing number of people struggling with poverty and homelessness in Southeastern Ohio. Our donation to Good Works is being put to good use in helping and reaching out to many people in our own State of Ohio.

Good Works, Inc.