The Center, Davenport

An outreach ministry of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Davenport has been a lifeline for a homeless woman.

“Sue” heard about The Center on the streets. The 47-year-old homeless woman first arrived at their doorstep for a cup of coffee. Behaviors stemming from her mental illness resulted in her being banned from every social service agency in the area, including meal sites.

Pennie Kellenberger, the director of The Center, learned that Sue had been living in a car. “Even though it has been a difficult road, we have been able to help her find an apartment. . . She comes in every day to volunteer. She is learning to have positivie interactions with people. . . She is even attending church with us!”

The Center is a remodeled furniture store just across the street to the north of St. John’s United Methodist Church in downtown Davenport. Several agencies are housed in the building, along with a food pantry, a thrift store, a café, and a Skatechurch ministry for at-risk teenagers, among other avenues of outreach.

They receive a Matthew 25 grant from the Southeast District funded through Iowa apportionment gifts from local churches. “Serving a vulnerable population can sometimes be taxing, however knowing we are not alone makes the journey easier.”

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