Duncan to Visit the Open Door Christian Center

June 21, 2011
Press Release

Laurens, SC-  On Tuesday June 28th Congressman Jeff Duncan will tour the Open Door Christian Center in Clinton and present the center’s operators, Charles and Melinda Brewington, with a flag flown over the US Capitol in honor of their service to the community.  The Open Door Christian Center is a non-profit, tax exempt ministry founded in 1994 by Brewington’s mother, Geraldine Hastings.  The center provides faith-based comfort and shelter for those facing homelessness or helplessness due to addiction, abandonment, job loss, or tragedy.

“We’re truly blessed to have such a remarkable facility in our own back yard” said Duncan, a resident of Laurens County.  “Open Door Christian Center is a perfect example of how a community can pull together to help those in need.”

The ODCC provides an emergency shelter for men and women with children, and a Christian-based alcohol and drug rehabilitation center for men.

“When I speak to people in the community, I often find that folks are shocked to hear how much we do at Open Door” Charles Brewington stated.  “We’re changing lives on a daily basis.  At the Open Door, we reach up, and we reach out.”

Brewington’s ministry relies on community support to remain open, but many of their operations are funded by the various work projects that take place at the center.  Open Door runs an extensive card board recycling program, a thrift store, and a garden.  These programs are all designed to generate funds for the facility and incorporate work into the rehabilitation process.

“Open Door has created a model that is both cost effective and produces life changing results” said Duncan.  “I’m looking forward to learning even more about the facility during my visit so I can share the center’s success with Congressmen from across the country.”

Brewington says the center’s current needs are financial support, nonperishable foods, and hygiene products.

Anyone interested in supporting Open Door or in need of assistance is encouraged to contact the center at (864) 833-0402.

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