New­ton home­less shel­ter gets big do­na­tion

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Vir­ginia Tins­ley, head of the North Ge­or­gia Methodist Home­less Coun­cil, has known Rev. Clara Lett and her good work op­er­at­ing the Gar­den of Geth­se­mane Home­less and Tran­si­tional Hous­ing Cen­ter in New­ton County, since 2001. Rev. Lett’s church and the Porter Me­mo­rial United Methodist Church in Por­terdale worked to­gether to sup­port this minis- try in Por­terdale. It was moved to Cov­ing­ton af­ter the Cov­ing­ton Hous­ing Author­ity pur­chased three build­ings at Turner Lake Cir­cle in Cov­ing­ton in 2007.

This re­la­tion­ship and friend­ship through­out the years paid off this week when the North Ge­or­gia United Methodist Church gave the shel­ter in Cov­ing­ton more than an es­ti­mated $50,000 in chest of draw­ers, writ­ing desks, night stands, com­mer­cial cook­ware, bed­ding items, so­fas and chairs, steam ta- bles, dining ta­bles and lamps.

All this mer­chan­dise came from Simp­son­wood Retreat Cen­ter in Nor­cross which is closing and the land has been pur­chased by Gwin­nett County for a park.

The land for Simp­son­wood was given to the United Methodist Church by Miss Ludie Simp­son and fam­ily. Simp­son­wood opened on June 19, 1985. Miss Simp­son taught in the At­lanta an dGwin­nett School Sys­tem un­til the age of 70. She died on April 29, 1975 and is buried with her mother in Mount Carmel United Methodist Church ceme­tery in Nor­cross.

The board of di­rec­tors of the Gar­den of Geth­se­mane Home­less Shel­ter is very grate­ful to the North Ge­or­gia United Methodist Con­fer­ence, the North Ge­or­gia Home­less Coun­cil and its chair­per­son, Vir­ginia Tins­ley, and to Beth Barn­well, chair­man of the com­mit­tee that helped dis­trib­ute the mer­chan­dise for this won­der­ful gift.

Bryan Fazio/The Cov­ing­ton News

Sam Ram­sey, Vice Chair­man of the Board of the Home­less Shel­ter and Rev. Clara Lett, Direc­tor, stand in front of three truck­loads of mer­chan­dise presently in Ram­sey Fur­ni­ture’s ware­house to be taken to the lo­cal home­less shel­ter.

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