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In My Father's House ribbon cutting

NEWTON, N.C. (May 13, 2016) —Newton welcomed In My Father’s House Community Support Services Network to the city during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, May 6.

In My Father s House ribbon cuttingIn My Father’s House provides a range of services to people in need in Catawba, Lincoln, Burke, Caldwell and Cleveland counties. The ministry offers food, clothing, toiletries and over-the-counter medications; arranges afterschool tutoring facilitated by a certified instructor; provides transportation to doctor’s appointments; and operates a thrift store at their new headquarters at 111 East 1st Street.

Pastors Raymond and Ivey Robinson started the ministry nearly a decade ago after they said they were called to clothe the naked and feed the hungry. What began as a one-time event to provide food and clothing to people in Lincoln County eventually grew into In My Father’s House, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Over the years, the Robinsons have built the ministry with help from the community, and they feel blessed to be able to give back.

“It is more blessed to give than to receive,” Ivey Robinson said. “The more we give, the more we get. We’re glad to be here and have a space in Newton.”

Newton Mayor Anne Stedman said she thought the Robinsons did a great job of renovating a Downtown Newton space.

“We’re thrilled to have this ministry in Downtown Newton,” Stedman said. “I know there is need in Newton for the services In My Father’s House provides, and it’s going to make Newton a better place.”

Pastor Fred Stapleton of Cornerstone Covenant Church delivered an invocation and read from Romans 16 prior to the ribbon cutting.

“I know that this ministry will bring blessings to this city,” Stapleton said.

The In My Father’s House thrift shop is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Tutoring is available 6-8 p.m. Thursdays. For more information about services or to make a donation, call 704-418-9012 or 828-994-4037.