By Mathew Brock

Our Daily Bread Ministries received a big donation this week from First Service Plumbing and Heating in the form of the free installation of a two-way cleanout at their homeless shelter in Crescent City.

The sewage installation is to prevent plumbing at the ministry’s building from backing up and was one of several requirements needed to maintain the organization’s operational permit from the city. The ministry have been working with the city towards completing requirements over the last few years and has measured their progress as a checklist to complete before they considering expanding.

“The county has been helpful and has worked with us a lot of the years to keep us running,” said Mike Justice, director of Our Daily Bread. “We’ve received the effort and support of a lot of local entities over the years and for that we are very grateful.”

The organization is nearing the end of their required renovations with their next big projects being the renovation of their building’s egress and ingress, as well as some additional sewage work.

According to Pat Hawkins Jr. of First Service, the installation was valued at around $1,000 and when approached by Our Daily Bread, he and his father, Pat Hawkins Sr., decided to donate the work for free as they had done for several other of the ministry’s previous projects.

“My dad has been helping out the ministry for years. We’ve probably redone their whole plumbing system at this point,” said Hawkins. “They don’t have access to many funds, so when my they approached us, we volunteered to help out.”

The recent sewage work isn’t the only big donation the ministry has received this year. In January, Chimney Kraft donated the installation of a heat pump system, valued around $3,800 including labor, to provide heat for the shelter.

“That group has a lot of needs with all the rules and laws they need to abide by,” said Rob Mitchell of Chimney Kraft. “They came in for a quote and we decided it was something for we were willing to just donate to them.”

Our Daily Bread has been serving the Crescent City community for more than 11 years according to Justice. In addition to providing meals and shelter, particularly during the winter season, they host life recovery courses in an attempt to help get people in bad life situations back on track, he said.

The ministry works directly with the local Grocery Outlet to receive food donations and will be attending this Saturday’s Independence from Hunger event at the Crescent City Grocery Outlet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.