Sunday July 3rd, 2022 10:11PM
9:42PM ( 29 minutes ago ) News Alert

Public invited to Good News at Noon groundbreaking ceremony

By Marc Eggers Anchor / Reporter

GAINESVILLE – Delayed but not discouraged.  That’s the mindset at Good News at Noon as plans to construct a new facility are finally becoming a reality.

Construction delays are commonplace for new projects across Hall County as strong growth, a shortage of skilled labor and rising material costs are the norm.  The longtime Gainesville ministry is not exempt from those challenges, but on Wednesday groundbreaking will finally happen at the intersection of Pearl Nix Parkway and Dorsey Street according to Executive Director Ken Gossage

“We finally are moving forward,” Gossage said this past week.  “I guess we ordered our materials far enough in advance where we’re now actually ready to start.”

A September start date at the 2.85-acre site was mentioned when the move was initially announced in May, but that never materialized.  Yet Gossage says that delay allowed an opportunity for other aspects of the project to fall into place, including the ministry’s fundraising efforts.

Gossage said site work will begin shortly, with the first shovelfuls of soil being tossed at the new site during a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, October 20, at 10:00 a.m.

“We know that our building materials will arrive the first week in December,” Gossage said of the prefabricated 11,000-square foot metal building.   “So we want to have everything ready to go so that when they are here we can actually start seeing a building rise up on the property.”

“We’re hoping it’ll be the end of May, the beginning of June,” Gossage said regarding anticipated completion of the project, provided the weather cooperates.

And once settled into the new building Gossage sees ministry opportunities expanding significantly.  “We’re trying to come up with a strategic plan now that is going to address all aspects of homelessness here in our area,” he said.

“In general homelessness is a very complex issue so we’re trying to build a safety net that’s going to catch as many folks as possible from falling into that state.”

The recent closure of nearby homeless ministry ‘Set Free Gainesville’ has added to the number of those needing assistance, as is evidenced by the longer lines when meals are served at the Good News shelter.

When asked what new experiences and opportunities he sees in the future for Good News, Gossage points to the rapidly growing area of need among the elderly.  “Folks that maybe were not as prepared for retirement as they thought they were and are trying to live off a thousand dollars a month pension or Social Security are going to be the next wave, (that) is what we are expecting.”

Plans also include a women’s shelter, something the ministry has never been able to offer.

“We’re going to have single women, twenty beds in the new shelter,” Gossage explained, but in the meantime, “…we hope to be able to maybe begin ministering to them in some form or fashion as early as November even though we do not have space for them here (current location).  We have some possibilities that we are trying to get ready for this winter and give them a safe and secure place to sleep at night.”

The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at the corner of Dorsey Street and Pearl Nix Parkway. 

To learn more about Good News at Noon click here or call (770) 503-1366.

© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Public invited to Good News at Noon groundbreaking ceremony
Delayed but not discouraged. That’s the mindset at Good News at Noon as plans to construct a new facility are finally becoming a reality.
6:00AM ( 6 minutes ago )
Strike dodged with deal between film and TV crews, studios
An 11th-hour deal has been reached and a strike that would have shut down film and television productions across the U.S. was averted
8:14PM ( 9 hours ago )
Bill Clinton to spend 1 more night in California hospital
A spokesman says Bill Clinton will spend one more night at a Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection
6:07PM ( 11 hours ago )
Local/State News
For Goodness Sake: Good News at Noon
At exactly twelve o’clock, men and women of all ages and ethnicities shuffle into the dining area of Good News at Noon for the lunchtime meal.
4:00PM ( 2 months ago )
LISTEN: Good News at Noon announces relocation plans
Ken Gossage with the homeless ministry Good News at Noon discusses the 5-year anniversary of the passing of the ministry's founder and plans to relocate after 30 years.
By AccessWDUN staff
8:53PM ( 5 months ago )
Good News at Noon announces plans for 2022; invites community involvement
A lighthouse in Gainesville is relocating.
4:00AM ( 5 months ago )
Annual Gainesville Thanksgiving feast set for Thursday but under different circumstances
One of Hall County’s longest-running Thanksgiving celebrations will take place this week as scheduled, but thanks (or rather, “no thanks”) to COVID-19, it will happen under very different circumstances than in previous years.
1:00AM ( 10 months ago )
Red and green card helps unsheltered community communicate during pandemic
Many people in the North Georgia community are choosing to shelter-in-place, self-quarantine, or at least maintain social distance. However, for the unsheltered, or homeless, transient, community, asking for or even getting help when feeling sick can be difficult.
2:36PM ( 1 year ago )