Co-op marks anniversary

NORCROSS - The Norcross Cooperative Ministry invites the community to join today in celebrating the co-op's 18th year of service to the community and its success in paying off the mortgage.

"This is a chance for us to say 'thank you' to the community because we wouldn't have this building paid off or the 18-year history, and we want to take time to thank everyone who has contributed to this community," Director Shirley Cabe said.

The open house will honor some of its legacy donors, feature a tour of the 12,000-square-foot building, testimonies from volunteers and clients and end with a mortgage burning, devotions and prayer.

"We've moved around several times but have been in this building the past three years," Cabe said. "We paid the mortgage in the first part of February, so we're debt-free now."

The Norcross Cooperative assists 900 families a month with food, clothes, gas bills and a variety of other services.

"The need is out there," Cabe said of the community. A native of Gwinnett, Cabe said it's been a calling to service families in need.

"This is my home and to be able to turn around and serve means a lot," she said.

Everyone is invited to the open house and mortgage burning located at 2275 Mitchell Road in Norcross. For more information or directions, call Shirley Cabe at 770-263-0013.