COME JOIN IN A DAY OF THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE
JUNE 8, 2013
FROM 11 AM TO 2 PM
HELP THE STAFF, RESIDENTS AND VOLUNTEERS ENJOY THE GRAND OPENING OF THE NORTH WING AND OPEN HOUSE.
WE WILL HAVE BBQ CHICKEN, BEANS AND COLE SLAW.
HELP US TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL GENEROSITY OF INDIVIDUALS, CHURCHES BUSINESSES AND CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS AS WE GIVE PRAISE TO GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST FOR MAKING IT POSSIBLE TO MINISTER TO CHILDREN.
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The Samaritan Inn - a CCC Project, is a Transitional HOME in Leesburg, Florida for needy homeless families.
The Christian Care Center (CCC) of First Baptist Church Leesburg currently operates an 18 bed facility for women and children, a 16 bed emergeny shelter for children, a 30 bed drug and alcohol facility for men, pregnancy care center, a thrift store, and a benevolence care center.
Dear Faithful Volunteers and Prayer Warriors,
In case you have not heard, we are in the process of starting the North wing renovation of the Inn. The site plan has been prepared and the drawings should be underway this coming week. Once the permitting is done we will see the new roof line improving the looks of our facility. We hope to be putting out a call in the next few weeks to have some volunteers begin some preliminary work. This process has taken longer than expected but, as we know, God’s timing is always correct.
LEESBURG -- Samaritan Inn now houses five homeless families in transition from homelessness. This makes a total of six since it opened at the end of June. One man was here for a few weeks until he found employment and now is living in his own apartment in Leesburg.
Lake County had long been known as a prime location for catching trophy bass when World War II ended, the economy was up and the entire nation was pressing forward. As good times prevailed, The Big Bass Motel opened along US Highway 27 in 1954 as a prime stopping point for anxious anglers and tired travelers. By the beginning of the Twenty First Century however the gleaming jewel had degraded into a place of despair and shame. Drug addicts and prostitutes had long since replaced avid sportsmen and travelling families.
When Chester Wood was named director of the Samaritan Inn homeless shelter for homeless families this week, he didn’t have to go very far to start his new job. He was already the project manager for the renovation of the old Big Bass Motel.
Soon, the whine of power saws and the popping of nail guns will end and the sound of soothing Christian counseling will begin. Wood will be ready.
The Samaritan Inn The News
The Samaritan Inn, Leesburg’s homeless shelter for families with children, has served 48 adults and 88 children since opening in the summer of 2010 on the campus of First Baptist Church.
“Our intent is to give them the opportunity to move from dependence to self-sufficiency,” said Samaritan Inn Director Chester Wood, who noted the shelter is currently housing 11 families of 12 adults and 21 children.
LEESBURG -- Sweat poured from their faces in Tuesday's morning heat as Chester Wood and a crew of volunteers painted the exterior and individual rooms of the Samaritan Inn, the former Big Bass Motel that will become a shelter for homeless families.
"We've got to move ahead," said Wood, project manager. "There are people out here who need a place to live and need to have help to get their lives put back together."
LEESBURG — A year ago, the Big Bass Motel sat in ruins. Now, after nearly a year of planning and repairs by dedicated volunteers, the motel is well on its way to becoming the Samaritan Inn — a place for homeless families with children to live while they get back on their feet.
Volunteers are turning a motel into a Samaritan Inn for the homeless.
LEESBURG - Jun 2 2010 There was some dripping Tuesday morning, but it wasn't from paint dribbling off brushes and rollers. Volunteers were dripping with sweat in the sizzling heat while putting finishing touches on the Samaritan Inn, and being careful not to make a mess in the former motel that will become a homeless shelter for families by the end of the month.
LEESBURG - Wed Feb 3 2010 - The Trinity High School seniors climbed out of the bus Wednesday and gathered in a big semi-circle, shivering in the morning chill. They giggled self-consciously, then listened as the project manager explained how a modern day miracle came to pass.
Chester Wood explained how the old Big Bass motel had undergone "several lives" in the past. "The last one, if your parents heard you were here, they'd probably kill you," he said.