MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Second Chance Ministry Center in Albertville is an important resource for food, clothing, and other amenities for many families in Marshall County. However, it could be shutting its doors in the near future without some much needed help.
Executive Director of Marshall County Christian Services says shutting down would be very sad, as they typically serve 50 to 70 people every day.
Second Chance Ministry Center and Food Pantry and Second Chance Shop must find a new location by the end of the year.
“There are a lot of places available, they’re just not financially feasible for us right now. If anybody knows of a place that is available that we could afford, please call me," says Henry.
Second Chance Ministry provides groceries free of charge for hundreds of people in Marshall County every week. If they can’t find a new, affordable location, many families will go hungry.
“If we don’t find a place, then we’ll have to shut down. Because, you know, we cant do it in the parking lot somewhere," adds Henry.
Property owner Bob Weathers hopes they can find a suitable, large location with adequate parking; the current location has only limited space.
"I am sympathetic with her plight and have been trying to also search for a suitable location for her. I told her she can have a little time to find a place; she isn’t being evicted. I am sorry the situation is as it is, but the other merchants at the center were being harmed by the tremendous amount of traffic the food service generates. Ms. Henry and her group do a great service and I am hopeful a good solution and better location can be found.”
Henry says they need roughly 5,000 square feet to house both the thrift store and food pantry in one location.
Now, Second Chance is asking for help - donations, available real estate, or a temporary place to set up.
If you would like to help donate money, or space, please contact Linda Henry at (256)-878-3533 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.