From staff and press reports
Faith Tabernacle Church of Christ Holiness USA through its Focus Outreach Community Development project aims to bring a 14 unit housing facility to Winston County.
Rev. George Miller Faith Tabernacle hopes the Focus Manor project helps bringing a focused good into the community. The housing unit is intended to provide housing for individuals with disabilities.
“Hoping to bring something good to the community,” said Rev. George Miller.
The groundbreaking was held for Monday, June 30 at 4:30 p.m. on the site of the project at Hwy 397 across from Blackwell’s.
Board member Irene Smith opened the event and welcomed the crowd of supporters.
Rev. Miller noted that he first discussed the project with Louisville Mayor Will Hill in 2008 when Hill noted that funds were available from the federal Housing and Urban Development program. Rev. Miller began pursuing the grant that year and through a slow process gained the letter awarding the grant 2 years ago. The group continued to work on the project with the fruition of the groundbreaking Monday.
Miller also recognized the Fulton family with Jody Fulton representing the family that sold the property for the Focus Manor. To honor that deal the meeting room will be named in honor of the Fulton family matriarch.
Rev. Miller also thanked the Woodward family for their support of the project.
Bennie Hill of Regions Bank congratulated the group on the project.
NAACP Winston County President praised Rev. Miller and the board members for the hard work on getting the grant.
“This project is going to be a plus to the community,” said Hampton.
Louisville Mayor Will Hill noted the project is a plus with the timing following the tornado, the economic development aspect and the home it will provide to those in need.
“Anything good takes time. This project is a testimony to vision, patience and perseverance,” said Hill. “This will be a great asset with the building and the timing and economic development aspect will help give hope.”
The project is projected to be a $1.8 million investment and provide jobs during construction and some jobs for management and care of the facility.
“This is an investment for 40 years,” said Mayor Hill. “This provides a needed service.”
Dr. Miller noted that the foundation will continue to help and create a vision for a better future and community.