OWASSO – On Thursday October 18th, 2018, the Owasso Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony to honor and introduce the new facilities for The Mission.
The Mission is a community outreach ministry by the First Baptist Church that provides groceries, clothing, showers, utility assistance, and furniture to individuals in need, all completely free.
We asked the Mission’s Director Laura Gorrell about what the program means for individuals in need. Gorrell tells us “Our mission is to pair people that have things with people that need things and to share the love of Christ. We pray every with every client that comes in and that is very big for us. We want to feed people physically, we want to feed them spiritually and mentally. We try to build relationships with these people, they come in and we will interview them, well talk to them about their needs and if it’s something that we can’t help with we have resources where we can point them in the right direction.”
The Mission’s new modern facilities opened earlier this week on 11341 N. Garnett Rd. in Owasso. The
project cost around $2,000,000, all of which has already completely been paid for by donations primarily from First Baptist Church and the community.
The new facility contains a clothing and food distribution room, showers, an industrial kitchen, large warehouse facilities, offices for staff and interviewing clients, and a large modern all-purpose room. The distribution room is reminiscent of a store with aisles of shelving with food goods, a refrigeration unit, books, shoes, and racks of clothes where clients can select the items they need.
You can check out some photos of the new facility below:
Owasso Chamber members, numerous Mission staff members, city staff, police, media, and members of the community all showed up in support of the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Owasso Chamber of Commerce president Gary Akin started off the ceremony and spoke about what makes the community of Owasso so successful in many aspects. Akins stated: “I’ve watched the community of Owasso grow for the last 43 years, but that constant, what makes us special is our churches: that religious background, that fiber, our backbone, our beliefs.”
Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church Owasso Dr. Chris Wall also spoke at the ceremony. Wall stated “We are so blessed in this community, but in the midst of that blessing there are a lot of needs, and it’s important that we recognize that. We want to meet those needs, we want to run to that”.
The ceremony ended with a traditional “ribbon cutting”. The Mission’s director Laura Gorrell had the honor of holding the traditional “big scissors”, surrounded by staff and community support.
Citizens of Owasso can help the Mission’s efforts with monetary donations or donations of goods. Commonly needed items include: clothing, books, both fresh and non-perishable food, and personal hygiene items. Site director Laura Gorrell tells us the most commonly needed item is toilet paper.
Any donations can be processed at either the First Baptist Church or the Missions new facilities. The Mission’s “Pass It On” program will pick up gently used furniture items and deliver them to those in need.
The Mission will begin taking clothing items again on November 5th, 2018. Clothing items will be processed at the rear of the building at the garage on the east side.
The Mission is located on 11341 N. Garnett Rd. in Owasso, OK 74055. They are open Mondays and Wednesdays from 11-3 and Fri 1:30 – 5:30. You can contact the Mission at Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00 -3:00 and Friday from 1:30 – 5:30. The Mission hopes to be operating 5 days a week by the beginning of 2019.