Cove House fiesta

Mary Ann Davis, left, and Marjorie Mitchell sell items during the Cove House Spring Fiesta on Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church.

Cove House Emergency Homeless Shelter hosted the second annual Spring Fiesta Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church to draw public attention to the organization’s ongoing efforts.

“This event was meant to raise community awareness for the Cove House,” said Mary Claire Huslage, the shelter’s volunteer coordinator. “It’s amazing how many people don’t know about us, and we’ve been around for 17 years.”

Cove House is a non-profit Christian organization that provides temporary housing for the homeless. It maintains three housing facilities for men, women and families and operates a food pantry.

“Thirty days is the maximum length of time that someone can stay at one of our shelters,” Huslage said. “We are in the process of acquiring an apartment building for longer-term transitional housing.”

Cove House Executive Director Ben Tindall said the event accomplished its mission. People who visited the fiesta learned about the shelter and helped raised funds for the organization.

Five percent of every vendors’ total sales was given to Cove House.

“I think this year’s event was very successful, we had a good turnout,” Tindall said.

Fundraising, however, is important to the organization and donations are always welcomed, he said.

“Anybody that would like to donate or volunteer can just call us at the main office.”

More than a dozen different vendors sold items, from food to homemade crafts, in booths inside the church and in the parking lot. Children were treated to bounce houses and face painting and Tommy Clark and the First Baptist Church youth praise band performed live music.

Professional vendors sat alongside other Christian ministries affiliated with Cove House.

“We’re here because Ben, the director of Cove House, is such a big supporter of us,” said Shannon Horn, founder of Go & Love, an outreach ministry that shares the gospel with women working in the sex industry.

Grace United Methodist women’s group members Mary Ann Davis and Marjorie Mitchell volunteered their time at a table filled with handmade items for sale.

The women’s group regularly makes crafts to sell to benefit several Christian missions.

Cove House is now seeking table sponsors for its next fundraiser — the fall banquet.

For more information, call Cove House at (254) 547-4673.

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