Opening of the Centre of Hope, Health and Healing in Wolverhampton
4th October 2018
On Sabbath 8 September 2018 the British Union Conference (BUC) officially opened the Centre of Hope, Health and Healing at the Wolverhampton Central Seventh-day Adventist church.
The opening of the centre was attended by Mayor and Mayoress of Wolverhampton Cllr Phil Page and Mrs Elaine Hadley-Howell, the President of the North England Conference (NEC) Richard Jackson, BUC representative Sharon Platt-McDonald, Eleanor Smith MP, NEC representative Grace Walsh, Anthony Walker from Wolverhampton City Council and the church were welcomed by Elder Mark Palmer and Pastor Samuel Appiah.
Throughout the programme dignitaries and church members were able to find out more about the projects as well as being presented with the three-year strategic plan. One of the service users Debbie, gave her experiences of the support she was offered and how it had benefitted her. The church were also shown a short video of one of the projects called Happy Mondays.
The centre was officially opened by the ceremonial cutting of a red ribbon and project coordinators Esther Douglas and Donna Palmer were handed a cheque for £1,000 from the BUC. A love offering and an appeal to purchase sleeping bags for rough sleepers raised just over £300.00.
This accolade was bestowed to the church due to the vast range of activities that the church currently runs. In addition to a Day Centre for senior citizens that has been running for 30 years, over the past five years the church has also run a number of initiatives for the community including a Bereavement Support group, Journey to Wholeness programme and a Soup Kitchen, in order to attend to the physical, emotional, financial and spiritual needs that have come to our attention.
The Happy Mondays Soup Kitchen project has allowed us to give out over 2,000 food parcels and serve well over 3000 meals. As well as providing physical food we have also supported people who have been sleeping rough on the streets by providing food and sleeping bags. The project also provides support for individuals who live on the poverty live by guiding them to services, assisting with filling out forms, providing items of clothing and working in partnership with Outreach for Wolverhampton who have provided us with information and food from supermarkets.
Along with Neil Hubbins, Donna and Esther also facilitate the Journey to Wholeness programme. They have trailblazed the North American Division initiative where individuals can come to a safe place each week which is confidential, non-judgemental and honest. This safe place allows people to come in confidence and share experiences and work through their feelings, thoughts and behaviour while keeping God as the focus.
We look forward to continuing services to the community of Wolverhampton. The church here is committed to the people of Wolverhampton and with God's leading will fulfil the words of Christ to care for those in need who are all part of the family of God.