By Evalin Hester
DeQuincy loses an asset. Bill and Judy Moore, Directors of the Community Outreach Center, will be leaving the DeQuincy area and moving to Panama City, Fla. They will be helping with their 4-month-old grandchild. Their daughter and son-n-law are both in the Air Force.
Bill and Judy have put their heart and soul into their job at the center. They say it wasn’t a job, it was a calling to be a servant, to serve the poor and the minium wage poor. They both commented these ten years have been a joy and a blessing to them both. This is where the Lord wanted us to be, said Judy. Judy and Bill both agreed it could not be a success if not for all of the volunteers and their servants heart. They work strickly as volunteers and no wages are received. Many volunteers help with this program from DeQuincy, Moss Bluff, Vinton, Singer, Oretta, Ragley and Juanita.
Mrs. Moore said, they collect and sort clothing, they order food, distribute food, pick up donations from food drives like, Queen of Pink and the U.S. Post Office. They receive food from Second Harvest Food Bank. Also at the first part of 2023 they received donations from GerstnerMemorial Wal-Mart on Hwy. 14 in Lake Charles and Market Basket in Sulphur.
The Moores work doesn’t go from 8-5 daily five days a week, their door is always open to help anyone at anytime of the day or night including, if you need a prayer they will stop and have a prayer and minister to you. Tuesday, Oct. 17, was be the Moores last day at the Center and Friday,Oct. 27, they will be leaving for Florida.
The thrift store (clothing, etc.) helps pay for the overhead expenses; lights, water and to help purchase food (turkey and hams) for the pantry and anything else the center needs.
This ministery is based out of New Hope Baptist Church. At this time, a new director has not been appointed. But they are looking for new directors.
The Moores leave big shoes to be filled, and they will be truly missed, but they promise they will be back to visit. Its a bittersweet move for the Moores. We wish them well.