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[from Joe and Janet Schmitt at worship service on Sunday, September 22, 2013]: God had a plan for six acres of land in Vinton County, and the faithful members of Peace Lutheran Church heard the call and responded. For two years, beginning in 2005, they cleared the wooded, overgrown acres to prepare the building site. During this time $130,000 in financial support was raised, given by those who believed in a dream of opportunity and renewed hope for the people of Southeast Ohio. In October of 2007, in record breaking 90 degree weather, a 6,700 sq ft building was raised primarily by the manual labor of Peace volunteers, during a week-long mission trip.
During the next year, the interior was completed primarily by volunteers. The building offers a large area for overnight mission trips to allow volunteers to move out into the community to provide home repairs, handicapped ramps, and disaster relief. This area provides sleeping area, restroom, shower, kitchen, dining and recreational space. There is also a 3,000 sq ft warehouse which stores appliances, furniture and household items for clients plus a reception area and three office spaces. In March of 2009, Lutheran Social Services opened offices in the new facility. A part-time case worker, Karla Hanson, has been able to connect with the clients in a warm and caring way that facilitates trust and efficiency in solving their needs.
SET had a building loan of $100K, which was paid off in 2012. ALL money collected, except 2% for administrative costs, goes to assisting those in need. No salaries are paid by SET—it remains as it began…a servant ministry.
This year at SET, with the leadership of Lutheran Social Services there were six servant group events with 101 individuals participating. They served twelve households including construction of three wheelchair ramps, major repairs to nine homes, 353 households served with items from the distribution center, 454 school kits and 454 health kits distributed. SET was able to provide over $6,000 in emergency aid to clients with various needs from carpet cleaning, utility assistance, and furnace repair to righting an overturned mobile home. (The philosophy of SET is to employ people in the Southeast Ohio area to provide services when possible.)
Due to the ongoing generosity of Peace through financial donations and service, an amazing annual SET GOLF OUTING, and the partnership and cooperation with Lutheran Social Services, SET is able to continue to grow and reach out to the community it has been called to serve.
Peace and Thank You, Janet & Joe Schmitt