Open house with a higher purpose

The Redeem Project is hosting an open house from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church, 1436 Hough St.

The open house includes booths by Redeem Project sister agencies and other organizations in Jefferson City.

“It shows a united stand between agencies and that we are not in competition,” said Vicki Bullock, executive director of the Redeem Project. “We are all here to help people.”

She said the public is invited.

The Redeem Project, which serves 25 counties in Missouri, is a faith-based nonprofit that offers information for community resources and collaborates with local churches, agencies, organizations and businesses to serve project participants. The agency also offers skills workshops, educational programs, tutoring and support groups. Services are free.

“Every day is different,” Bullock said. “We never know what or whom will walk through the door.”

Bullock said last year’s open house brought more than 30 agencies to Calvary Baptist Church, and she expects even more to attend this year.

Several participating agencies include the Jefferson City Police Department with its Hope Campaign, Pathways, the United Way and Linn State Technical College.

“There are so many agencies that people don’t realize are there,” Bullock said.

She said that in the three years since she founded the Redeem Project, she has seen the demand for the agency increase.

The individuals the agency serves have evolved.

“I’m seeing people giving back to each other,” Bullock said. “They’re paying if forward and it’s such a blessing to see that.”

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