City Mission celebrates 64 years of service

Published 11:21 am Friday, October 10, 2008

In October 1944, a small group of Lawrence Countians took an old saloon at Third and Railroad streets and turned it into a haven to help those who were hurting spiritually and physically.

Sixty-four years later, the Ironton City Mission, is still helping the community.

“They had a vision, they wanted to help and we’ve been feeding the hungry and clothing those who needed it ever since,” the Rev. Jeff Cremeans, pastor of The Ironton City Mission said.

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On Sunday the mission will have its 64th anniversary and homecoming. Cremeans said the mission each year gives aid in some form or another to more than 4,000 families, be it food, clothing, furniture or a place for the homeless to stay.

“A lot of times we’re the last hope for people. They’ve been turned down other places, they come here. We are able to help them when no one else is able to,” Cremeans said.

The mission, which moved to 710 N. Fifth St. in 1973, operates a shelter, offers a free meal each day at 11 a.m., offers food and toys during the holidays to needy people, and performs a myriad of other services throughout the year to the needy.

Cremeans said he is thankful for the support over the years from other churches and area schools, civic groups and private individuals who share that vision of helping the hurting.

Sunday’s activities begin with morning worship at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Jim Cremeans, former city mission pastor, preaching and the group His Own signing. Bro. Mark Fields will preach during the 1:30 p.m. service and His Own will also sing during that service. At the 7 p.m. service, the Rev. Jeff Cremeans will preach and church singers will provide special music. Lunch will be served at noon.