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Rise Against Outreach moves its donation distribution stop to Loudon Road church

Rise Again Outreach will move one of its Mobile Mission bus stops to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Loudon Road starting today.

The Christian faith-based organization collects donations of clothing, food and personal items and distributes them to residents in need in the Concord area. The items are loaded onto buses which stop at an average of three locations each Saturday.

“Our mission of the buses is to get the things we need to the people who really need them,” said Lorinda Gilbert, executive director of Rise Again Outreach. “Our volunteers who drive the buses go right to the people. We set it up, open the door and give it all away for free.”

On the first Saturday of every month, a Mobile Mission bus will now stop at Immaculate Heart of Mary, in addition to locations on North State Street at Centerpoint Church and on Jennings Drive.

Gilbert said the new location will replace a previous stop at Morningstar Condominiums on Loudon Road. Although the organization does not like to change its stops frequently, the Morningstar stop was private at the request of the landlord and did not maximize the organization’s reach, she said.

“We try not to move. Once we make a commitment, we stay there,” Gilbert said. “Now that we’re moving to Immaculate Heart of Mary, we’ll stay there for an indefinite amount of time.”

Mobile Mission targets residents of the poorest neighborhoods who are unable to purchase goods for themselves because they lack transportation or funds, Gilbert said. Other services of Rise Again Outreach include English as a Second Language courses and ministries for ex-offenders.

Rise Again Outreach will visit Immaculate Heart of Mary Church at 180 Loudon Road from 9 to 10:30 a.m. today and the first Saturday of each month.

(Mel Flanagan can be reached at 369-3321 or
mflanagan@cmonitor.com.)

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