One of Lawn's Oldest Buildings Gets a New Life Feeding the Community

By Courtney Burris | cburris@krbc.tvg

Published 06/23 2014 05:57PM

Updated 06/23 2014 06:52PM

One of the oldest buildings in the town Lawn is getting a new look, and a new purpose. What used to be the lumber and feed store off Main Street now houses On The Way Home ministry.

The ministry is dedicated to helping feed those in need in the Jim Ned Valley area. Director Diane Walker says that she felt called to help, and that's when this ministry was founded.

"I saw the need to feed and God just placed it on my heart to 'feed my sheep'," explains Walker.

This food pantry is something that did not exist in the area until just a few months ago.

"The distance from Abilene is a big part of our motivation to serve folks out here and let our folks help and serve each other," says Walker.

The doors opened in February and many people in the community are pitching in to help.

"I am off during the summer because I work for Jim Ned, so whenever she needs me to come help, I'll come help her, says volunteer Carrie Bowen.

"It makes me feel good and happy and it makes me feel confident because I am helping other people, not just myself, explains volunteer Hayley Mourot.

Some say that helping others is just part of South Taylor County tradition.

"Its part of the Jim Ned heritage. Its folks helping folks. That's whats happening here and we are very thankful to be here", says Walker.

On The Way home ministry has plans beyond the food pantry, too. They plan on beginning an education program this fall to teach people how to budget, make resumes, and more.

There is a benefit coming up to fund raise for the food pantry. On Saturday June 28th at the Grand Ole Oplin, there will be a 50s and 60s Sock Hop Dance. There will be a classic car show from 4pm to 7 pm courtesy of The Keepers Car Club. Following the car show will be the dance, which will last until 10 pm.

It is a family friendly event and everyone is invited to attend. There will be a concession stand and a bake sale.

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