Abilene non-profit holds open house 1 year after devastating fire


ABILENE, Texas - Volunteers at Christian Service Center are back to helping Abilene's less fortunate, but it's been a tough year for the center.

Last April fire destroyed their building on Mesquite Street, but Monday, they held an open house to show off their new building.

" This morning one of our volunteers mentioned you know this is the day after Easter, and this is kind of like a resurrection, " said Jim Clark, the director of Christian Service Center.

Christian Service Center's new building, in the 3100 block of North 10 th Street, was donated to them by Woodlawn Church of Christ.

" My cup is overflowing, " Clark said. " I'm so thankful for the great support from the Lord through this great community to have our new home here. "

On April 2, 2016, their old building in the 900 block of Mesquite Street caught fire. No one was hurt, but the facility was destroyed. One year later their new building is nearly three times bigger than their old one at 26,000 square feet. They hope to use the extra space to prepare people to provide for themselves by entering the workforce.

" [It ' s for] those who want to find jobs, who want to better their lives, " Clark said. " We're not a job agency, but we know a lot of agencies in town that they can send representatives here, and we have some room where they can do some training, inform people and help them get back on their feet. "

They'll also continue providing food, clothing, toys and household items for those in need.

" It is just an amazing kind of coming out of the ashes story which we're very grateful for, " Clark said.

They said they're always looking for more volunteers and donations, and with this larger facility, they can especially use both right now.

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