Mar 10, 2012 3:12 PM by Jen Hollenbach (Great Falls)
Nancy Swan and her husband were facing the harsh reality that they were on their way to being homeless, but found solace and advice from friends and Pastor Chuck Stierstorfer at the new Drop-in Christian Center sponsored by Life Light Ministries in Great Falls.
Swan credits Pastor Chuck for his efforts in finding an affordable place to live, and keeping her family with a roof over their heads.
Stierstorfer noted, "We try and provide services that they can't readily get anywhere else, especially the people that live on the street."
The coffee shop provides their guests with television, radio, internet access and long distance phone calls, all free of charge, hoping to assist them in their efforts to get their lives back on track.
Stierstorfer said, "There is an alternative to handling things the way the street does. They can come in here and take a breath because they can be among people they know."
He says the new shop is made possible by contributors and churches throughout the community that have committed to helping pay the month to month costs of being open.
Stierstorfer says he hopes to someday expand Life Light Ministries with a building that would allow struggling individuals to come shower and do laundry free of charge.
The center is located at 18 Fifth Street South, and is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm; and on Sundays at 1 pm for worship. It is closed on Wednesdays.