Five United Methodist church congregations across Columbia put a one thousand dollar grant to use renovating properties around the city Sunday in honor of the tenth anniversary of September 11.
By Carah Hart
The grant provided funding for supplies used in the renovations of 13 residences and buildings. Amy Gerhardt, Senior Pastor of the Missouri United Methodist Church says the federal grant was awarded to organizations finding a unique way to promote an attitude of service toward the historic anniversary.
“We are really saying with our actions that love and hope wins over evil and death,” said Gerhardt.
Gerhardt also said 300 to 500 volunteers participated in the movement. The interior and exterior renovations were used to bring homes and buildings up-to-code in Columbia.