Greenhouse Ministries celebrates the opening of a new building
MURFREESBOR, Tennessee (WTVF) – A long-standing Rutherford County nonprofit is celebrating the opening of a new building that leaders say will allow them to help more people in need.
Greenhouse Ministries hosted a community street fair on Monday evening. It featured live music, games and vendors, and also allowed people to tour the new facilities on S. Academy Street in Murfreesboro.
The 25,000 square foot facility includes counseling offices, classrooms, a kitchen large enough for cooking classes, an exercise room and offices. The second floor has 17 men’s studios enrolled in the Life University program of Greenhouse Ministries.
As founder Cliff Sharp organized tours of the building for members of the community, he beamed with pride.
“It’s amazing. I asked a friend to come over to me and we both had tears in our eyes because it was a dream,” said Sharp.
Greenhouse Ministries helps people with immediate needs like food and clothing, but also offers educational programs and personalized advice. The leaders of the organization hope that more space means more opportunities to help local people who are struggling financially and emotionally.
“We’ve been in tiny spaces for so long and to be in a place where we can thrive and have space and privacy for counseling, we are thrilled,” said Christy Sanford, member of the board of directors of Greenhouse Ministries.
Greenhouse Ministries is currently located in a 3,000 square foot space across from the new building. The old space will continue to house the ministry’s thrift store and pantry.
There is still work to be done on the new building. Sharp said he hoped the furniture would move in in December and the building would be fully operational in January.
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