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Basement Outreach seeking new home

WARREN –The Basement Outreach Ministries, which has been housed at the First United Methodist Church in Warren for the past six years, is looking for a new location.

Pastor Julia Wike, executive director, said Thursday that because of changes at the church, her ministry needs to find a new location. She said the ministry would like to partner with another church or business and share a location.

“The move was anticipated but came rather quickly,” Wike said. “We didn’t expect to have to leave this soon, so we have no place to go.”

Wike said the church gave her a two-week notice last week. They spent this week packing. Wike said she appreciates the location the Methodist church provided to them.

The ministry needs space to accommodate 150 to 200 people, and a kitchen an dining area where they can prepare and serve food. Wike said anyone who can assist with a new space or location may contact her at 330-881-7124.

Basement Outreach provided meals for people, food, clothing and other services for those who are poor, homeless or battling addictions. The ministry does work mostly a night helping residents who are homeless and out on the streets.

The ministry also runs God’s Refuse House, which opened last year in Warren to provide a home for women needing a place to stay to deal with drug or alcohol addiction issues.

She said donations of food and other items are still needed by the ministry.

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