House of Prayer-Feed My People Ministry of Dobbins Heights officially adopted Earle Franklin Drive in April, and signs were recently placed at the entrances of the town acknowledging the adoption, on the south and north ends of the street.
Church leaders had met with the town council and expressed a desire to adopt the street to help with the care and cleanliness of the area.
The town allowed the church to adopt the street because of the services it has contributed to the community since 1984. The church has agreed to do a major clean-up twice a year in order to officially adopt the street.
“We are grateful and thanked the town for letting us adopt a street,” said Bishop Thomas Wooten, founding pastor of the church.
Wooten stated that House of Prayer-Feed My People Ministry was born from the need of a soup kitchen in Dobbins Heights.
“My part of the ministry started from the soup kitchen,” he said.
A majority of the individuals who lived in the area were senior citizens and it was a strain on them to have to walk to Hamlet, he said.
“Residents had to walk to the soup kitchen in Hamlet, which was on Main Street,” said Wooden. “The Lord told me to start serving soup from 12 to 1 p.m. in order to keep the people from going too far to get a bowl of soup.”
The first two sponsors who supplied the church with soup were A & P food store and the Piggly Wiggly grocery store.
Currently the church still gives out food on the first and fourth Friday of every month, and has been doing this for more than 20 years.
Wooten was also the first president of the concerned citizens movement that was started in the 1990s. The movement was started in order to cut down on the violence and drugs that were in the area.
“We supported local law enforcement as (a way) to cut down on the violence and drug activity,” he said.
Wooten stated that William Ward, a former mayor of Dobbins Heights, and the town council supported the concerned citizens movement as a way to help clean up and protect the citizens of the community.
He also stated that Antonio Blue, the current mayor of Dobbins Heights, is doing a great job with trying to make the town better.
House of Prayer-Feed My People Ministry was founded in 1984, but its construction did not start until 1992.
— Staff Writer Iris Hunter can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.