Best Western

Best Western Inn in Winchester has issued a challenge to area businesses to join in their new “#BWSMILES” campaign to help build a much-needed community center.

Best Western general manager John McClelland said the motel is donating $1 per room per night, up to $50 per day maximum, for the next nine months toward the community center.

“Here at Best Western Inn we want to help raise money to build the much-needed new Winchester Journey Community Resource Center, a facility for anyone needing help through life’s many challenges here in our community with all of God’s kingdom providing services under one roof.”

The vision of Journey Church’s pastor, Marion Pope, is to provide the hurting and forgotten people, who sometimes need someone just to talk to, with a one-stop shop for all the community’s needs.

Journey Church provides regular food giveaways every Friday and a warm emergency shelter in inclement weather.

Businesses are encouraged to join in to help with a new community center.

Individuals who want to donate may send checks to: The Journey Community Church, 916 Dinah Shore Blvd., Winchester, TN 37398.

Those who want to join the Journey Church’s vibrant growing Kingdom of Jesus community here in Franklin County may visit on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

The church also broadcasts on Facebook every Sunday.

On Wednesdays at 6 p.m., a pot luck and Bible study is held.

The Rain Teen Center is a separate non-profit community center started and operated by Kelly May and Jessica Pope May, associate pastors at Journey who lead the community board of directors at The Rain Unlimited Inc., which oversees the center as well as Camp Rain in Alto.

Both entities serve thousands of teenagers every year by teaching the importance of love and respect for each other through Biblical principles. The Rain Teen Center is open Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. with all teens welcome.

 McClelland urges everyone to join together in the new community-center campaign.

“Please help us share this with our guests and the entire community and let them know we love all of God’s people here at Best Western Inn,” he said. “The money raised all stays here in Franklin County to help the many people struggling with addiction, homelessness or just grief. Thank you and remember Jesus loves us all the same.”

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