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Basement outreach expands its community service

By BOB COUPLAND

Staff Writer

WARREN — The Basement Outreach Ministries of Trumbull County is ready to help more people as it has expanded to three locations in Warren with a ribbon cutting held for a new site in the Trumbull Homes off Hazelwood Avenue.

Pastor Julia Wike, director of Basement Outreach, held the ribbon cutting for the new site on the west side of Warren known as Basement at Trumbull Homes which began providing services and assistance, such as GED classes, Bible study, humanitarian aid and food distribution programs on Monday.

The second new location is Basement at Terra Alta off Tod Avenue.

“We will continue do outreach at the new locations. By having three sites in different parts of the city we will be able to reach more people who need us. Whether it be a crisis intervention or a bag of food, we will be able to provide that here. We want to provide hope to those who don’t have hope.” Wike said.

She said there are families and individuals who need help with many facing crisis situations such as homelessness. Crisis intervention programs will offer staff to assist people.

Basement Outreach works with other organizations that they can provide individuals for specific assistance needs such as counseling agencies.

Wike said one room at Basement at Trumbull Homes will offer computers for those working on GEDs and another room for food items. Also planned is an outreach program for children three times a week.

“There are many in our city in time of need. We will work with them to help them get from here to there and refer them to the agencies that can assist them the most such as churches and mental health boards…. I thank all those who helped make these new locations possible,” she said.

Babette Plake, a staff member with Basement Outreach, said one building will have apartments and food pantry with food provided by Second Harvest Food Bank.

“Pastor Julia is always concerned about people. She is always out to help as many people as she can,” said County Commissioner Frank Fuda.

Pastor Dan Barker of Cortland Trinity Baptist Church said “This is a wonderful example of how many people and the government are realizing that the faith-based community has a lot to offer. Pastor Julia’s ministry and community support help people who desperately need it,”

Vince Peterson of Providence Baptist Church in Akron, said “Pastor Julia is a true missionary. This is a blessing to the entire community. This is not about her but helping the entire community.”

Dan Roscoe, a volunteer with Basement Outreach, said it is nice to have three locations to reach people in different parts of the city.

Wike said she was looking for a new place to house her outreach efforts. The Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority provided the space to Basement Outreach Ministries free of charge.

For information call 234-806-4022.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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