New Life shows off to the neighbors

One of East Rockingham’s own welcomed the neighborhood around the former Rohanen Middle School to a day of hot dogs, live music and faith sharing Saturday — all within view of his childhood home. New Life Christian Ministries is in the process of converting Rohanen into the Place of Grace campus: a community center, homeless shelter, church and soup kitchen. Pastor Gary Richardson grew up across the street from his former school and the future Place of Grace campus. A former addict himself, Richardson said Saturday that it was “surreal to have the opportunity to work for the Lord here.”