Most people in Pope, Johnson, and Logan counties have heard of the homeless ministry of The Russ Bus, but they may not know how near and dear it is to the hearts of everyone at Russellville Journey Church!
Community members know that if they see anyone sleeping on the street, or women with children sleeping in their cars, they can call the church and report it to Fred Teague, co-founder of the non-profit organization and associate pastor at the church. Fred or one of his volunteers will go check out the situation and offer help..
The Russ Bus has campsites with micro-cabins heated with propane, and additional tents for use if necessary. Mothers with children are housed in motels as funds permit, and the organization is constructing its first transitional housing unit for women, scheduled to be completed in April.
On Saturday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m., everyone is invited to the groundbreaking of the organization’s Life Skills Learning Lab, a facility which will be built and owned by The Russ Bus on the property of the church. This facility will offer training in many practical areas to equip people with knowledge and good decision-making skills for their future. After the groundbreaking, Fred and his team will hold an open house at one of the micro cabins set up in the parking lot in front of Centennial Bank (corner of Parkway and Arkansas Avenues). Prior to Saturday’s events, area restaurants will be donating a portion of their evening profits to the organization as follows:
Monday, Feb. 20–Chili’s
Tuesday, Feb. 21–Chick-fil-A
Wednesday, Feb. 22–Quiznos
Thursday, Feb. 23–Steak ‘n Shake
Check The Russ Bus Facebook page for details and plan to eat out this week!
The Russ Bus has wide support from area churches, businesses, civic groups and individual donors, and we are blessed to be part of it.