The old Delta Elementary School has 20 classrooms which will be turned into living areas for people who have lost their homes due to foreclosure, financial problems, natural disasters such as flooding, and other causes. The A.M.E.N. Center is Christian based and will be a house of prayer and restoration as well.
Photo by Denise Kinder Shirley and Danny Hollowell will open a transitional housing facility near Delta in the next few months.
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Couple plan to open transitonal housing facility in old Delta school building

by Elane Moonier Staff Reporter




Danny and Shirley Hollowell are on a mission. They want to help people who have lost their homes and have no place to live by establishing a transitional housing facility that will serve a four county area.

“God laid it on our hearts,” Danny said, “and gave us a vision.”

The couple has been touched by so many families and individuals having difficulties with foreclosures, loss of employment, tragedies such as the recent flooding and other financial setbacks. They decided to do something to help and have now taken a big step toward doing that with their plans to establish the A.M.E.N. Center on Highway N near Delta.

“As caring, responsible Christians we have an opportunity to help right now,” Danny stated.

Danny said he had driven by the old Delta Elementary School building, which is no longer in use, and thought this might make a suitable place for transitional housing.  He started praying about it and said God laid in on his heart that this would be a great facility.

The Delta School District board members and superintendent agreed to sell the building and 15 acres at a very low price, and the wheels for the project were set in motion.

The Hollowells set up the A.M.E.N. Center as a 501-3c non-profit agency and established a board of directors including themselves, Steve and Cindy Basham, Rodger and Jean Ann Rice, Jerry and Lucille Seagraves, Dr. Paul and Tamara Mackey, James Cox, Carol Armstrong, and Eddie and Diane Cook.

Plans were developed that the center would serve as Christian-based transitional housing and as a church teaching Christian principles of living. They are hoping the center will be supported by local sponsoring churches and organizations.

“The Center will be for those who want to get back on track,” Danny stated. “Transitional living is to be as short term as possible, and by training and centering their life around Jesus Christ we expect the results to be great.”

He emphasized that the Center is not for individuals with drug or alcohol related problems who are in need of rehabilitation, and they prefer that people coming into the Center be sponsored by a participating church or organization. Those being housed at the Center will be expected to help out with daily chores, such as gardening, mowing, cooking and housekeeping, he said.

The school building has 20 classrooms which will be converted into bedroom living quarters, with some remodeling. There is a kitchen for preparing meals and a gymnasium which can be used for church services, Danny noted. There is ample ground outside for planting a large garden which will help make the Center more self-sufficient, plus an area where a playground for children can be established.

“There will be no place like this for hundreds of miles, and it will be an asset to the neighborhood,” he stated. “Country living, fresh air, fishing ponds, gardening, and a comfortable bed will be comforting to those who don’t have a place to lie down.”

Once the property is secured and remodeled, it will also be a Crisis Center with a helicopter pad for emergency evacuations for the region, which includes Scott, Bollinger, Stoddard and Cape counties.

The Hollowells are now seeking donations and help from churches, organizations and individuals to bring the A.M.E.N. Center to fruition. They are in the process of purchasing the school building but still need some funds to complete this. Danny said that it will take a few months to finish the remodeling, which will begin as soon as donations for purchase of the building are complete. They are hoping that  churches or groups will sponsor the individual rooms and help furnish a bed and bedding, chest and chair for each room. They are also in need to volunteers to help with the remodeling work.

“As these people enter the Center, we need the support of the local area to help get these folks back to a place called home, including your local church. The church at the facility will not take the place of the local church where we want the folks to return to,” he stated.

The grand opening for the A.M.E.N. Center will be announced in the coming months.

A Web site has been set up for the Center at www.amen-center.org or www.help-@amencenter.org. Anyone seeking to make contributions or to volunteer help in any way can contact Danny Hollowell at 573-275-8716 or Shirley Hollowell at 573-576-1113.

 
 

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