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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood [House]!

Left to right (first two rows): Virginia Dean, Mark Minick, Lee Ruth Krieg, Mark Heinrich (Lubbock County Commissioner), Joy Loper, Vickie Andrada, Kurt Senske, Larry Franklin, David Putman, (Lubbock Chamber of Commerce)

Left to right (first two rows): Virginia Dean, Mark Minick, Lee Ruth Krieg, Mark Heinrich (Lubbock County Commissioner), Joy Loper, Vickie Andrada, Kurt Senske, Larry Franklin, David Putman, (Lubbock Chamber of Commerce)

Thursday, January 30th marked the grand opening celebration and blessing of the new Neighborhood House offices in Lubbock. The new space looks great! Now located just a couple of blocks from the former office, it’s much roomier at more than 2,200 square feet, and better accommodates clients, staff, supplies, and volunteers. Incredibly, the new location is seven times bigger than the old one!

More than 100 people came to celebrate, enjoy the good food and camaraderie, and have an opportunity to meet the amazing people behind this vital ministry. The Rev. Dave Seddelmeyer of Shepherd King Lutheran Church in Lubbock offered a blessing for the new site. The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony, with city council and county commissioners among the participants. Read all about it in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal news story.  The event also received a nice bit of coverage on local FOX 34 and was mentioned multiple times during the Friday morning show Good Day Lubbock as well as the 9:00 nightly news.

Founded in 1967, Neighborhood House has done a big job in a very little space for a very long time, and is one of the leading providers of utility assistance in Lubbock County. Last year alone, the Lutheran Social Services ministry served 3,560 households through its utility assistance program, and another 1,871 households with other services, such as providing food vouchers, hygiene products and prescriptions. This assistance targets the elderly, the disabled, and families with children ages five and younger.

Neighborhood House is located at 1212 13th Street, Suite 102, in downtown Lubbock. Volunteers are always needed, so come by or call (806) 765-2639. “Won’t you be my neighbor?”

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