From The Marion Star
A positive collision between community revitalization and outreach ministry is happening in Marion.
Volunteers from Marion First Church of the Nazarene, Downtown Marion, Inc., and Buckeye Ridge Habitat for Humanity are joining forces to help remake neighborhoods surrounding downtown Marion through the Paint the Town initiative. This is the second year for the project, according to organizers.
Rev. Gregg Parkman, outreach and young adult pastor at Marion First Church of the Nazarene, said Paint the Town grew out of conversations with members of the Lower Downtown of Marion committee, also known as LoDo.
“We were talking about different ways we could do a face lift of the downtown area,” Parkman said. “We were at a men’s breakfast one day here at the church, and looking out the back window of the church at a house. We said, ‘You know, that’s a good house, it just needed a little paint.’ We decided to start going out on some of the blocks and looking at houses that we felt maybe we could help out.”
Parkman said the group decided to lend assistance to homeowners that actually occupied the houses and not to renters.
“Last year, we painted two houses on Blaine Avenue,” he said. “This year, we’re painting a house on Olney Avenue. Some of our church folks are getting together and we’re going to paint this house.”
Vaughn Sizemore, Downtown Marion’s community development consultant, said it’s vital to preserve the character of the neighborhoods in and around Marion’s downtown district.
To learn more about Paint the Town and how you can get involved, click here.