Community resource center spreads love, kindness and free services

A local nonprofit has become a catalyst for positive change in a Columbus community.

It’s a place where people are treated like royalty and services are free. You may have seen it. Commuters passing through the neighborhood known as East Highland in Columbus can’t help but notice the flurry of activity in the white brick building at the corner of 13th Avenue and 18th Street. Or maybe they’re grabbing a whiff of what’s on the grill. It’s called the Love and Kindness Community Resource Center, a non-profit Christian organization founded in April 2019.

“We provide clothes, shoes, toiletries, we provide groceries. We try to help people where we can with what we have,” said Renae Dickerson of the Love and Kindness Community Resource Center.

For Renae Dickerson, it’s a mission from God. It all started when she saw a need in children for clothes.

“I was praying about it and the Father just told me to start collecting clothes and I did. We were getting together, my husband and I were collecting clothes for four months.

Now there are pieces overflowing with shoes, menswear and womenswear. When the pandemic hit, Dickerson says they were overwhelmed with people who needed almost everything.

“Just simple things. Deodorant, a pair of used shoes. A coat.”

Dickerson says she is grateful to have earned the trust of the community. On Monday nights, the parking lot is full for Faith, Food and Fellowship, a revival, where anyone can stop to pray or share their story like Ronnie Price who spent 28 years behind bars on drugs. Then he met a man named Jesus.

“You don’t have to be a drug addict your whole life. God can take that away from you. Now I can go back to those streets and those trenches and help get some of those people out,” said Ronnie Price, former addict.

A grassroots movement energized by this glimmer of hope in a community that Dickerson said was ready for change.

“They are driven by drugs. They are attracted to different spirits that seem to overtake them and they wanted help.

But here they get much more. Love, kindness and hope.

“We consider it a blessing and a joy to serve the people of God and they are people of God whom you know not to mistreat.”

All services are free. If you need school clothes for your children, you can call 706-580-8534 to schedule an appointment.

Here is a link to the Love and Kindness Community Resource Center Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Love-and-Kindness-Community-Resource-Center-106633178795363/

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