Back in March of this year, a water line ruptured in a self storage unit. Neighbors in Christ, a nonprofit organization (NIC) used that unit to store items such as clothing, toys, and furniture for people who have lost items due to burglaries. As if the broken water line wasn’t bad enough, the organization is now facing more problems.
Even though they mopped up the water off the floor, some moisture got into the walls. Now that the weather is getting hot and humid, that moisture is causing mold and mildew. NIC is looking for a de-humidifier to help get the moisture out of the walls.
Another option for them is to find another storage unit. They need a climate-controlled unit especially since they store food among other things.
NIC is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization. Their operating budget is between $105,000 and $115,000, which they struggle to cover all of their costs. When the waterline broke in March, NIC was already $45,000 in the hole. They were worried that they might have to close by June or July due to lack of funds. However, people have pledged funds, which will allow them to continue their work for another year.
Remember the Bible story of the Good Samaritan? A man was traveling the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. Thieves attacked him, stole his clothes and left the man half-dead. A priest came along but passed by on the other side of the road. Then came a Levite who also skirted around the wounded man. Finally, a Samaritan, came along, had compassion on the man, and bandaged his wounds and took him to an inn where the man could get food and have a place to stay while he healed.
Neighbors in Christ is based on the principles from that Bible story. They train, assist, and equip Christians as they minister to victims (and the victims’ families) of crimes. They have been serving the Montgomery, Alabama, area since 2001. Before that, the organization used to be called Neighbors Who Care, which was founded in 1989.
NIC provides emergency food, clothing, and shelter. It also directs victims to appropriate areas in the criminal justice system, which can provide further services and advocacy programs.
For those interested in donating, visit the Neighbors in Christ website at www.neighborsinchrist.org or call 271-3313.
Also, Neighbors in Christ will be holding their annual fundraiser, selling Boston Butts. They will be distributed July 3. To place an order, and to help raise money for the nonprofit, call 271-3313.
“Mold, mildew spreads at nonprofit storage unit following break-in.” Montgomery Advertiser; 19 June 2014.