CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - The old fire station in Conway, which once housed emergency responders, is now a place for you in times of emergencies. It's the home for CAP, Churches Assisting People, which is trying to extend its lease to continue helping the community.
CAP is an emergency food bank, providing meals to those in need. Between January and May of this year, it provided more than 18,000 meals and that number continues to grow.
CAP also offers financial assistance, helping people with electric and water bills, and even in getting them medicine. This new building, can even serve as a shelter, in emergency situations.
Financial Coordinator Donna Bodie says CAP is able to do what it does, from the generosity of churches and individual donations.
Now that it's in the former Conway fire house, CAP has more space, which can only help, especially when it comes to storing food. The only problem is, the recent renovations of this location, took a lot out of pocket.
"Because we had to spend money to renovate this place to put it to how we could use it, we felt like we need a longer lease to benefit how much we invested in the building," Bodie said.
The group had to replace the fire garage doors, re-do bathrooms, paint, build a pantry and even put up walls. Bodie said they invested close to $70,000, which was much more than anticipated.
The goal now, is to get this building as a home for the next 25 years.
"That means they know for at least 25 years they have a place to go and get help," Bodie said.
But first, city council has to pass this ordinance. It recently made it through the first reading by Conway city council, but needs to the final nod, before it can be granted a longer stay in the old fire house.
How you can help
CAP is in need of:
- Food Donations, especially canned goods
- Refrigerators and freezers
- Monetary Donations
Check made out to CAP and sent to 307 Wright Boulevard Conway, SC 29526. To reach out to CAP email: email@example.com.