Ark outreach opens doors

Everyone is invited to stop by the Ark Ministries Community Outreach Centre in the Vernon Family Church.

The doors are opened wide at the Ark.

Everyone is invited to stop by the Ark Ministries Community Outreach Centre in the Vernon Family Church.

“We are feeding the soul,” said Bev Henke, who has organized the program.

The Ark will run Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the church on 25th Avenue, next to Lincoln Lanes.

“There will be activities people can participate in and discussion. There will be a book exchange and you can take a book and bring it back,” said Henke.

There will also be ping pong, shuffleboard and crafts or simply having a cup of coffee.

“It’s simply a place to hang out,” said Henke.

“People can get to know each other. Our motto is building lives together.”

There is also access to a 12-step program.

Henke anticipates the number of activities could expand over time.

“We are developing it right now to see what the need is and what people want.”

The afternoon programs are an off-shoot of the  Ark coffee house, which has been operating for nine years. It runs Fridays at 6:30 p.m.

The Ark Community Outreach Centre will hold an open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Everybody and anybody is welcome,” said Henke.