RALEIGH, N.C. — In the past three years, a Raleigh ministry helped more than 100,000 people. Now, people who work for the ministry say it is in need too.
With Love From Jesus Ministries
, located on Chapanoke Road, is an old grocery store where everything is free for those who need help.
"Most of the people that come to us are the working, struggling community," director Linda Williams said.
"It helps me to get the things that I need to put under the Christmas tree," customer Andrew Lassiter said. "Because of this place, they will have a nice, warm bed to sleep in, a dresser to put their clothes in and food on the table."
Now, the ministry that helps those in need is, itself, in need at the worst possible time of year. In December alone, the ministry will help about 20,000 people, but now the company that owns the building has opted not to extend the ministry's lease. It has until Jan. 15 to find another place.
"If we were closed down, who's going to meet that need? That need is great," Williams said.
"A lot of people would be hurt," customer Michelle Van Note said.
The ministry pays $5,000 a month in rent on the building and that money comes from donations. Williams said the ministry will rely on faith to get through.
"God will provide another place. He provided this place, so he will provide another place. The community wants a With Love From Jesus Ministries," Williams said.
With Love From Jesus Ministries has called the company that leases the building to see if the lease might be extended, but the company has not returned its phone calls. WRAL also tried to contact the company, but was unable to.