This article was originally found on the Sunday, January 17, 2009 page of PennLive.com. The complete address to where the story can be found is … http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2009/01/nancy.html
I found this article to be refreshing, in light of all the negative articles I found, it was neat to find that there was someone doing something originally to help mental health Consumers after the closing of Harrisburg State hospital. The idea has grown since it started, and I would like to say, hats off to New Digs for the efforts they have show in helping others.
Volunteers view work as religion in action
Posted by jpickel January 17, 2009 16:00PM
Ginny Jones, through her ministry “New Digs,” collects furniture and household objects for people who are leaving group homes and cannot afford to furnish their own apartments.
Ginny Jones, Eleanor Beam and Janice Armstrong were taking a rare break Friday morning at Mission Central. Beam was joking about praying to the heavenly department that oversees towels. They needed some.Not for themselves, of course, but for New Digs, the two-year-old charity Jones founded. It operates on a simple premise: If people have household items they no longer want, someone else can use them. Items such as sofas, teaspoons, computer desks, hangars and baby items pass through the section of the warehouse set aside for New Digs.
The need is great for sofas, kitchen tables and chairs, beds, dressers, pots, pans, silverware, sheets and towels.
Not long after their comment, an easy chair came rolling in on a skid, and a woman walked through a side door carrying a large box. Inside, she had packed a variety of items, including towels.
Another prayer answered.
Jones started New Digs after Harrisburg State Hospital closed. Many of the former residents were moving into apartments and starting from scratch.
Jones figured she would collect household items and give them a kick-start at independence.
When her project outgrew her Boiling Springs home, she found a corner in Mission Central, a warehouse in Lower Allen Twp. operated by the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. It wasn’t long before she outgrew her original space. Her corner has grown to a section of the cavernous warehouse that ships supplies to the needy around the world.
She also outgrew her one-woman show. So Beam and Armstrong stepped in. All three view their work as religion in action.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Small items may be delivered weekdays to Mission Central, 5 Pleasant View Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. For larger items, call Ginny Jones at 717-258-4361.
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