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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, April 16, 2015, Page A4, Image 4

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Hli I i All photos by Donna Rogers In the photo above, Sonjia Kurosky, executive director of Samaritan Ministries, right, scans the crowd right after saying a prayer at the end of a special ceremo ny during the organization's open house on Sunday, April 12. At top right, a type of oven is used to heat clothes when homeless men come in to Samaritan Ministries. This is to kill bed bugs. At left, the John 3:16 room provides a place for the "guests" at Samaritan Ministries to have quiet time alone or with family members. Samaritan Ministries shows new building to community BY DONNA ROGERS THE CHRONICLE All was bright as Samaritan Ministries opened its new building to the public on Sunday, April 12. The nonprofit that helps homeless men and hungry people has been operating out of the building since December. "What a great place," one visitor remarked. "It's open and airy," with plenty of windows. The $4.1 million, 20,000-square-foot build ing at 414 E. Northwest Blvd. houses an 80-bed shelter and special features like a "healing room" for sick homeless clients, a computer lab where resi dents can look for jobs, a larger kitchen with more room to store and prepare food, space that allows employees, and business partners who treat and work with the homeless men who live there, to have their own offices, and a staff break room. The larger soup kitchen serves between 350 to 450 lnnrhct to hnnorv people in the commu nity each day. The new dining area has 96 seats, compared with 47 seats in the old dining room. The building also has weapons to fight bed bugs. "A lot of places don't prepare for that," said tour guide Willis Miller, assistant director. He said the nonprofit has several ways to kill the bed bugs, which he said have been a problem in the city. Men who live at Samaritan Ministries must have their clothes treated when they initially come into the building. They must be heated on trays at 120 to 125 degrees for 20 minutes to kill any bugs that might be lingering on clothes. Also, the facility has dryers to treat the clothes if the trays are being used. If treat ment is needed in the bedroom area, large outlets have been installed to handle a heating appliance to heat the beds, which have seam less mat tresses and metal frames. "The great things about adding these features is the preventative nature of them," Miller said. Also new are the dorm rooms for people in the Project Cornerstone pro gram, which is designed to help men break free of addiction issues and start new lives outside Samaritan Ministries. Two Miller bedrooms are designated for those men, who attend classes and gain tobls need ed to be free of addictions. "We're very proud of this program," Miller said. ' "It has about a 75-per cent success rate. ... We don't let them go until they're ready." Miller spoke of the expanded space in the building to offer more meeting space and the increase in the number of televisions, which allow people greater access to TV viewing, including in meet ing rooms. Another new feature is a room for the homeless men to use to meditate. They also can meet with family members there. It's called the John 3:16 room, named alter the John 3:16 Scripture in the Bible. This is "where they can go in and have peace and quiet," Miller said. Learn more at samari tanforsyth.org. City holds inaugural College Summit to promote Winston-Salem SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE On Saturday. April 11, college students from Winston-Salem State University, Salem College, Wake Forest University and Forsyth Technical Community College partic ipated in the inaugural "College Summit" in the Biotech Place in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. The event was designed to expose college students to career and community leadership opportunities in Winston-Salem, with the goal of influencing them to stay in Winston-Salem after they graduate. The summit was organ ized by the College Advisory Board and the Human Relations Commission, both of which are advisory boards to the City Council and administered by the Human Relations Department. The Summit included an open ing session, guided tours of downtown with informa tion about restaurants. recreation opportunities, and other quality-of-life attractions, and a network ing luncheon where stu dents networked with rep resentatives of businesses, community nonprofits and government agencies that offer internships and entry level jobs. Participating communi ty agencies included Forsyth Technical Community College, the Winston-Salem Urban League, the Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools, the Housing Authority of Winston Salem (HAWS) and the Winston-Salem Jaycees. Participants included Council Members James Taylor and Derwin Montgomery. Jason Thiel, president of the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership, also addressed the students. The College Summit was sponsored by Forsyth Technical Community College, Triad Intrapreneur and Winston Salem Transit Authority. Food sponsors were Bib's Downtown, Krispy Kreme, and District Rooftop Bar & Grille. The College Summit attendees take a break. Democrats frontpage AI petitive intelligence. * Second Vice Chair, Phillip Carter, employed by Forsyth Technical Community College in the Learning Technology Division and by the Salvation Army as Outreach Specialist for Homeless Veterans. ?Third Vice Chair, Trent Harmon, who gradu ates in May from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.A. in History and Political Science. ?Secretary, Cam Choiniere, a self-employed graphic designer. ?Treasurer: Donald Dunn, a sales consultant with a large pharmaceutical company. Each officer was elect ed to a two-year term. In addition, the record crowd of Democratic dele gates to the convention also elected new members to the Democratic Party State Executive Committee and Congressional District Executive Committee. Ellison said in an earli er news release: "Making sure that each Forsyth County citizen's right to vote is protected is our first and foremost agenda item. Further, we look forward to building a record voter turnout in the 2016 presi dential election cycle. We fully expect Forsyth County to continue its tra jectory towards becoming a Democratic stronghold in the State of North Carolina." For more information about the voter ID law, please contact Eric S Ellison at 336-918-4368 or email at ellisonlaw@earth link.net. The Democratic Party's website is http://forsy thdemocrats .org /fd/. CELEBRATING Iftl % LEADERSHIP WINSTON-SALEM I ^Builda (fetter ^cJuture FOR YOUR COMMUNITY. 1 . ? t - ! Together, we can do great things. Apply for our annual Flagship program to engage with other leaders in the community, expand your local knowledge, and help shape the future of the place you're proud to call home. or Register for an Information Reception at 5:30 pm on April 21 AT LEADERSHIPWS.ORG Early-bird application deadline is May 15, 2015 2nd Annual Feast of St. I Benedict the Moor Festival \ Dm ttalghfama. Saint Benedict the Moor Cathode Church hae had a praaanca in tha East Winston Community tor nearly 75 yaam. Founded in 1940 aa an African American parish, we are a diverse, multinational, and inter-cultural church where all era twelcome On Apr* 18,2015, SI BanaMct tie Moor Church caMtrate our Patron Saint w*h a apecU Mm al 9am, totowed by a teeny* and goapat daw fcom 1030am unB 5 pm. Thata w? be games, vendors from ad over our area ??) bams tor aMa and conaumplion indudbig a Hah or aaaaapa daaiar tor only (7.00. Ml prooMds bentM tw Church. We hope you vrii consider joining #?fun Special *er*V* - '? h?gi?? ?? 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