MetMin Has Blessing Of The Chairs Wednesday

Friday, August 16, 2013
The moving crew for the new office furniture at MetMin.
The moving crew for the new office furniture at MetMin.

MetMin (Metropolitan Ministries) is hosting a Blessing of the Chairs Celebration on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. to acknowledge a gift of office furnishings from the local American Red Cross.  The Celebration will be held at the MetMin office at 1112 McCallie Ave., with breakfast provided by the Church of the Good Shepherd Men’s Prayer Group. The Rev. Carter Paden, Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, will officiate.

John Hitchens, Red Cross Emergency Service director, enlisted the help of youth from Dalton’s Christ Community Church to load and deliver the chairs and other furnishings. The Williams family, MetMin’s volunteers, provided a truck and additional assistance.

MetMin is the area’s only “emergency room” for social services. Three days a week people from all over the tri-state area line up for urgent help paying bills, purchasing medication, and linkage to a range of both onsite and offsite support services. “Providing a more welcoming space to wait for services here at MetMin is one way to show our clients that we care about them," said Rebecca Whelchel, executive director of MetMin.  "Our relationship with the local Red Cross not only strengthens our effectiveness during times of community disaster, but also provides our clients better service during the times of their personal disasters. We are deeply grateful for this new friendship."

According to Mr. Hitchens, “We value the relationship we have with MetMin, although separate in our missions we are both dedicated to serving our community in their hour of need. Anytime we can work together, partner or help each other out we know that the end result will be better service for our clients and that’s rewarding for all.” 

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ms. Whelchel at rwhelchel@met-min.org.  To learn more about MetMin, visit the agency on Facebook or at www.met-min.org.   


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