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Loganville church paves way to help homeless, hungry

LOGANVILLE -- On Thursday, First Baptist Church youth pastor Wayne Naugle was granted permission by city council members to make changes to his church's campus to accommodate the growing number of hungry and homeless families in the area. Naugle asked the city to grant a special-use permit that would allow two mobile units to be brought onto the church campus. The two buildings, which Naugle expects to be on the church campus temporarily, will be used to store food and clothes, as well as house showers and a washer and dryer.

Currently, the church ministry serves about 25 families, feeding them and providing a place for them to shower and wash clothes. Naugle said Thursday that the church would like to be able to serve about 300 families. No overnight lodging will be provided in these buildings.

The church will also be allowed to tap into existing water and sewer lines (provided the sewer capacity is appropriate) for the two temporary buildings. Councilman Mike Jones said he was in favor of waiving all associated fees, as the church is providing a desperately needed service. "I never see this ministry supporting itself," Naugle said, underscoring the church's need to save money on tap fees.

"Just go out after midnight and drive around. Look in some of these parking lots. I guarantee that you will see people sleeping in their cars, right here in Loganville," Jones said. Mayor Ray Nunley agreed and thanked Naugle for providing the ministry services to families in need.

Lynch announces upcoming events

Council woman Michelle Lynch announced the dates of some upcoming events taking place in the city during Thursday's council meeting. The 2012 Eggstravaganza is scheduled for 10 a.m. March 31 on the front lawn of City Hall.

The Ride for America motorcycle ride, sponsored by Legion Riders and hosted by American Legion Post 233, will go through Loganville on May 28. This will be the second year that Loganville is on the route and according to Lynch, the 1,000+ motorcycle convoy went through the city with no problem, thanks in part to the assistance of the Loganville police department.

At 10 a.m. on March 24, the Special Olympics parade will begin at Monroe United Methodist Church and travel to Winder-Barrow High School. Opening ceremonies will take place at 11 a.m. at the high school. Special Olympics committee member Janice Tribble thanked Loganville city leaders and volunteers for supporting Special Olympics events and fundraisers. In 2011, Tribble's committee raised about $11,000, "100 percent of which went to the children," Tribble said.