But the recovery home is only aspect of Harmony’s goal of community outreach. In addition to offering a food pantry and various ministry groups typical to churches (small group, Bible study), Harmony is developing a larger plan to reach Joliet area youth.
“Many people need mentoring,” King said. “They need someone to go to for guidance and just talk to.”
A short-term goal is the back to school drive for A.O. Marshall Elementary School in Joliet.
“We helped last year and we’re helping again this year,” King said. “It’s just members of the church who are donating, going off the school supply list. When everything is ready, we just bring it over to A.O. Marshall school and they can give out whatever children need to start school.”
About 70 to 100 people worship at Harmony on Sunday morning, King said. But that number is growing, he said, and more numbers mean more people who can help others.
Or as King wants the community to know, “Harmony is here for you. How can we help you? How can we point you to Christ? How can we guide you and help you go forward?”
King, who became pastor last year, has been a member of Harmony all his 38 years, he said.. His grandfather, Rev. Bill King established the church. The previous pastor, Willie Sills, who joined Harmony in 1971, resigned last year.
“And that’s when I took it over,” Nate said. “I’m just doing my best to continue on the path they started and just take it further.”
But King understands that “having a dream and a vision for God” doesn’t materialize overnight. It takes planning and dedication. The rehab center is the ultimate destination, but it will take time to achieve, King said.
He’s hoping to open the center in 2023, depending upon funding.
“We’re just doing everything we can to reach out to people who are hurting and people in need,” King said.