Georgia Magazine - May 2022 - 18

PARITY,
not charity
MUST Ministries expands services
for those in need By Laura Berrios
Above: Children receive free books during
MUST Ministries' Summer Lunch Program.
Right: MUST sponsors an on-site primary
health care clinic for low-income adults and
those who are uninsured or underinsured.
A
s the costs of gas, food and nearly everything else continue to rise,
Americans are feeling the pinch-and none more so than the
working poor. One Georgia nonprofit organization is striving to
combat fast-growing suburban poverty.
Now in its 51st year of serving Cobb and Cherokee counties, Mariettabased
MUST Ministries has opened a new homeless shelter in Marietta,
thus doubling the space available to provide temporary housing, hot meals
and other services to those in need.
The MUST Hope House, a 172-bed facility, is a one-of-a-kind shelter
designed and built from the ground up for that purpose. A grand opening
for the public was held on April 2, and clients will begin moving this month
from the ministry's current Elizabeth Inn shelter into the new $22 million,
44,000-square-foot building.
" We're so proud of it; it's going to be great, " says MUST Ministries
President and CEO Dwight " Ike " Reighard. " We go in debt-free, and that,
during the pandemic, is stunning. "
Features include extra security measures, so women and children feel
safe; a dining room with large windows; a workforce-development area and
computer lab, where clients can update resumes and apply for jobs; and an
outside eating area to make those with claustrophobia feel more comfortable.
There's also a dedicated education room, where children can do their
homework with help from tutors and other volunteers.
The building also houses Mercy Care, a MUST-sponsored health clinic
staffed by WellStar.
18 Georgia Magazine May 2022
Top: The MUST Marketplace thrift store in Marietta
allows clients to shop for free, and the public can fi nd
great bargains to help support the ministry. Above:
Established in October, MUST's mobile pantry delivers
meats, produce and nonperishables to neighbors in need.
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