Twenty-seven members of Marion Garden Club gathered Dec. 13 at Mackie's Pizza for their holiday luncheon and to hear about the Lighthouse Shelter operation.
Director Michelle Parker-Clark was just starting her job when the flood this spring compromised the operation of the shelter. It was a challenging time, but the shelter make it through.
The mission of the shelter is to break the cycle of homelessness by providing case management, as well as food and shelter, for the homeless of Southern Illinois, to empower individuals to become self-sufficient members of Southern Illinois communities. The shelter also provides counseling and support after someone has moved on to a job and new housing.
Volunteers are needed to help fill the many positions it takes to keep things going at the shelter, even through residents assist with chores while living at the shelter. Donations of everyday items are always needed, including paper towels, razors, soap, clothing in all sizes and even furniture.
After lunch, Marion Garden Club President Denise Stearns passed around committee signup sheets for the various projects coming in the next year. Marion Garden Club will host the Fall District VII meeting of Garden Clubs of Illinois this year, and preparations have already begun for this event. Members from the Southern Illinois Garden Clubs will be attending.
Marion Garden Club's January meeting will be at Heartland Christian Church with a program presented by Williamson County Historical Society President Sam Lattuca, who will present a program on "Pioneer Ways."
Information about the club and pictures of past events can be found at mariongardenclubofillinois.weebly.com.