Knoxville — Helping Hands' homeless assistance ministry is expected to receive another boost soon.
Helping Hands' Pastor Bob Smith and Chuck Galeazzi have reported that the former Disciples of Christ building on First Street will be donated to Helping Hands soon.
The building is owned by Dave Roozeboom, who confirmed that he is in the process of transferring ownership of it to Helping Hands. Roozeboom said he has had the building for a few years and does not plan to make any more upgrades to it. He added that if Helping Hands can make repairs and make use of it, he is glad to help.
"It's a very lovely building," Smith said. If the building is transferred to Helping Hands, Smith said that the plans are to make the building nice for the community. He hopes the building can be used for extra storage space, especially on the organization's food days, and try to use the building to help feed children this summer.
"There's a lot of possibilities for that building," Smith said. One of his goals is to add a garage for the organization's truck.
Smith added that God has given Helping Hands this opportunity and with that comes the responsibility of fulfilling His plans.
"We have to keep working hard and going where the Lord leads us," Smith said.
Helping Hands' apartments have been open for nearly two years. They are constantly filled as the ministry tries to help the homeless "get back on their feet," according to Smith.
"I think that's a blessing," Smith said. Look for more on some of the plight of Knoxville's homeless in the May 9 print edition.