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May 7, 2021 – An old store sitting off Old Town Street may not look like much, but one day it’ll be everything the town needs.
“We are all together; if you can look around you see black and white, drug addicts, police officers, people in depression. All of us are coming together to make our community better,” says DeWitt Cooper, Galax Police Chief and God’s Storehouse board member.
“If we can create this partnership that can go long-term, the benefits to the community are just immeasurable,” said Galax City Manager Keith Barker.
With the help of Galax City, God’s Storehouse bought the Old Town Market, with hopes of renovating it into much more. “We have a couple more grant applications— we’re going do a million-dollar grant, that’ll be for job creation in the community that will help to renovate this facility. Then we’re also looking at another half million-dollar grant for food programs over the next year to support them as they operate the food bank,” said Barker.
“A place that you can come broken, and people will love you, a place that you can come hungry, and people will feed you a place that you can come looking for answers, and we may not have the answers, but we will help you find it,” said Chief Cooper.
It all started off in a small space in the basement of a church, then over the years, it grew.
“It’s almost unbelievable, the things that we’ll be able to do,” said Kisha Johnson, the executive director of God’s Storehouse.