Mission has helped hundreds of Calhoun families

Since 1962 the Minnora Methodist Mission has helped a lot of people over the years.

The Calhoun County United Methodist Cooperative Parish is an effort to combine all the United Methodist churches in Calhoun to do a mission ministry.

The mission has a wide variety of clothing and household goods.

Ronda Metz, a volunteer from Nicut displays clothing

Rev. Rick Metheney says many of Calhoun's other denominations help with the project, maintained by volunteers.

The Calhoun Parish Mission was started in 1995, established to help those in the county and the surrounding areas that struggle with unemployment.

Since it opened it has been located at four sites. The first site was sold after eight months, and the second site had snakes roaming through the store, said former county pastor Mary Zimmer.

The third site had a bathroom but no running water.

Maggie Marks of Nicut is one of several
volunteers that keep the mission going

In 2000, with the help of grants and volunteers, the fourth and current mission building was built on property that is owned by several of the United Methodist churches in the county. A storage building was added with a grant from Sisters of St. Joseph.

The land was given to the parish and the mission without cost as long as they were responsible for the cost and maintenance of the building.