Facilities will provide showers, meals, counseling, and other services.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Central Jamaica recently inaugurated a new center for the homeless and others in need in Mandeville.
Life Hope Center, located on the grounds of the Mandeville Seventh-day Adventist Church, will welcome the homeless of the community as a one-stop location where they can shower, receive a meal, receive clothes, and get prayer, counseling, and medical care.
- Outside view of the new Life Hope Center that will help address the needs of the homeless and others in need in the parish of Manchester, Jamaica. The center was inaugurated on July 13, 2019, and is located on the compound of the Mandeville Seventh-day Adventist Church. [Photo: Andrew Johnson, Inter-American Division News]
- Maxine Mitchell, a Jamaica-born Canadian philanthropist and guest speaker at the opening ceremony for the Life Hope Center in Mandeville, addresses the congregation. [Photo: Andrew Johnson, Inter-American Division News]
- Jones Oliphant, Councillor for Mandeville in the Manchester Parish municipal government in central Jamaica, greeted the congregation during the service for the opening of the Life Hope Center. Oliphant spoke on behalf of the Member of Parliament for Central Manchester Peter Bunting. [Photo: Andrew Johnson, Inter-American Division News]
The center is the first of five centers of influence that the church is planning to establish in several cities of Jamaica, said Central Jamaica Conference president Levi Johnson. “We discovered that all the town centers in central Jamaica are growing,” Johnson said as he referenced the nearly 400,000 people living in the seven major cities and towns in the region.
“This puts a serious strain on limited infrastructure and resources and can impact negatively on the quality of life of persons who are poor, vulnerable, and displaced,” Johnson said. “We are expecting that people who visit the Life Hope Center will receive special care and love and have their needs met, whether those needs are counseling, medical, dental, or otherwise.”