The celebration planned at Dew 4 Him Ministries on Thursday has been a long time in the making.
The faith-based non-profit moved to new office space about 18 months ago. This week, they will finally hold a grand-opening ceremony.
That celebratory occasion normally takes place within a week or two of the time a company opens up a new office, but for executive director Jane Wolfe and her staff and cadre of volunteers, there was a lot more work involved in getting the building ready than anyone ever imagined.
Once the organization bought the building, they discovered problems with sewer pipes made the bathrooms virtually unusable. Correcting the problems proved to be more than just a brick and mortar issue because there were issues with easements and the lines that needed to be replaced actually traveled underneath a home next door to the Arendell Avenue building.
“We were really just paralyzed for a while. Some members of the board thought we ought to just stop and look for another place,” Wolfe said. “There were times, honestly, when I wondered the same thing.”
But the ministry had already moved far enough along that Wolfe and her board members, including some new members of the board, decided to stick with the original plan, which calls for a sizable increase in programming for the ministry.
And with the facility challenges behind the group, Wolfe is excited about what comes next. In addition to Thursday’s grand opening, which begins at 10 a.m. at the facility at 229 N. Arendell Ave., Dew 4 Him Ministries is working to broaden its service to women. “A lot of people think of us as a Bible study group, or maybe as that group that does a women’s prison ministry,” Wolfe said. “But we want to be much more than that.”
To that end, the group offers job training programs for women and help building resumes and preparing for job interviews. Dew 4 Him also hopes to purchase a home within the next 18 months that will allow them to provide transitional shelter for women who are leaving prison or who just need to get out of an abusive situation.
All that will cost money, of course, and Wolfe is working to establish a Repurpose store that will serve as a recycling center of sorts for lots of household goods, furniture and other items that people can use to set up a new home. Wolfe envisions giving residents of the transitional home jobs at the store, allowing them to earn experience they can put on resumes. She hopes to have that store operational in a year.
But for now, Wolfe and her volunteers will be happy to celebrate a grand opening. Even if it is 18 months in the making.