Working together for the local community

WARREN — Warren resident Marvin E. Hill said with so many different organizations in the local community, each should come together for the betterment of helping local residents.

Hill, commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Warren Licensing and Commercial Standards Unit, was the keynote speaker at the recent annual harvest fundraiser dinner of the Basement Outreach Ministries held at Aulizio’s Banquet Center. The theme was “The Harvest is Ready.”

”It is encouraging what Basement Outreach Ministries has done feeding the needy and helping the homeless,” he said.

Hill said with so many different organizations locally ”We need to have a plan where we come together and put all of our thoughts together so we are not working against each other.”

Hill said when everyone works together, there can be sharing of resources and knowledge to get work done.

Pastor Julia Wike, director of Basement Outreach Ministries, said everyone is willing to work together in sharing God’s love. She said the Lord teaches people to give, with herself and others going out into the community to help those in need.

Pastor David Holbrook, who works with Basement Outreach, said there are so many in the community who have volunteered to work with Wike.

”It takes each of us to take care of our neighborhoods,” he said, noting many volunteers go out where no one else will go.

At the banquet, a video was shown recapping what the organization accomplished in the past year.

Basement Outreach Ministries welcomes anyone who is in need of help, regardless of the person’s circumstance. The organization provides services for those in need, including providing food, finding shelter, helping one struggling with addiction, making a referral or spending time listening and praying for someone.

The organization helps those who are homeless, hurting, addicted and vulnerable.

“With the dedication of our volunteers, prayers and financial support from throughout the community, we have pursued the passionate mission to help others,” Wike said.

Wike said she looks forward to be able to continue to connect with the community and hopes to have a place for women’s recovery.

Hill has been a state trooper for 24 years and worked in law enforcement for more than 26 years. He educates the public on human trafficking and ALICE training.

For  information about The Basement Outreach, visit or call 330-881-7124.