Disciples News Service

Iowa church uses empty space, location to community advantage

Story from Disciples Together Express, newsletter of the Christian Church in the Upper Midwest

First Christian Church in Ames, Iowa, had an empty parsonage waiting to be put to good use.  Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance needed a more central and stable location in Ames.  In a creative partnership, the two signed an agreement  to allow Good Neighbor to operate from the church’s former parsonage at 613 Clark Avenue in Ames. The ten year agreement will allow Good Neighbor to operate in a downtown Ames location with excellent access to public transportation.

Good Neighbor is a collaboration of 33 organizations, mostly religious congregations, in the Ames area.  Its mission is to provide emergency rent, utility and food assistance in an atmosphere of dignity, comfort and encouragement for Story County residents. First Christian Minister Mary Jane Button-Harrison said, “We are thrilled to be able to share space with Good Neighbor.  Giving a home to an organization that helps so many expresses our core value to minister in the community with God’s healing love, as well as our passion to help address the need for affordable housing in our community.” Learn more at www.fccames.org.