“And he takes ordinary people, wanting us to work together to find a way to help those in need here; how to break the cycle of poverty.
“One church, one organization, one person isn't going to do it. It takes all of us to do it. We all have gifts or skills or – in my case, I'm not that skilled, I sell flooring, I'm not trained for this job, I barely text – but I have the faith that this is the right thing for our area,” Lovell added.
Bringing area resources together to help break the cycle of poverty has spawned many other programs recently.
“That was our reason for the community garden,” Lovell said of the garden on the campus of Meals on Wheels of Palo Pinto County. “It will help the food banks. Food is so expensive and we can grow nutritional food and give people a chance to not just receive the goods, but also be able to give back and learn a skill and learn job skills.”
Lovell added that at Noah's Ark Thrift Store, for which she serves on the board, “we're always fundraising and looking for money. All the non-profits in town always need money. If we have Noah's [and] if we can make it work, things can be donated, sold, put back into the community [and] people can learn job skills.
“The Mineral Wells Center of Life has the Jobs for Life class. We could teach people job skills by volunteering at Noah's. It would be a win-win situation,” Lovell said, adding, “If there's someone who has an immediate need of something, if it's at Noah's … we can help those.”
“With the food banks, First United Methodist Church, First Christian Church and Southside Church of Christ, we're always [connecting] and helping each other and working together. It's about what we can do together.