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Brian Tenorio, 11, washes a car, Saturday, during a car wash benefit outside the Grocery Outlet in Fairfield. The car wash was organized by the H.O.P.E. Church to raise money to feed the homeless. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)


Church’s car wash helps the homeless

By From page A5 | September 01, 2013

FAIRFIELD — Motorists driving along North Texas Street Saturday had a chance to get their car washed for a cause.

Parishioners from Celebration Church were on hand near Grocery Outlet, scrubbing vehicles for a donation to support those in need.

“Our goals are to help the homeless community – people that need the help to enrich their lives,” said Barbara Freeman, director of the HOPE Ministry.

HOPE stands for Helping Others Prosper and Excel, said Freeman. The ministry is a part of the church’s larger Reach Ministry, run by the Rev. Jon Barker.

Freeman said donations from the car wash ranged from $5 to $100. The proceeds will help the church feed the homeless once a month.

Other goals for the church include starting job programs and a food pantry, Freeman said.

She said reaching out to the homeless is a way of “earning their trust” and “showing God’s love.”

The ministry feeds the homeless from 2 to 4 p.m. every third Sunday at Lee Bell Park on Union Avenue in Fairfield.

For more information about Celebration Church, 1837 Blossom Ave., call 422-5250 or visit www.celebrationfairfield.com.

Reach Adrienne Harris at 427-6956 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aharrisdr.

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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