Mission Columbus Central helping those in need

For Roni Ragan it's all about teaching people how to fish.

Figuratively, that is. Ragan, a ministry assistant at Mission Columbus Central, says she, the other staffers and volunteers at the ministry try to give those in need not only a helping hand, but also the skills necessary to better their lives.

"We try to give people the tools necessary to build a ladder to get out of the pit of despair," Ragan said Friday, while helping lead a tour of the facilities.

The offices on the corner of Steam Mill and Buena Vista roads provide a clothing and food bank;educational and job training; a medical and dental clinic; and short-term emergency shelter.

Mission Columbus Central is approaching its two-year anniversary.

After assessing a person's basic needs, they look at helping people help themselves. The educational component at Mission Columbus Central is very important, Ragan said.

They have a job fair every Tuesday at 10am and according to Jimmy Blanton, the director of missions for the organization, have managed to place people in jobs paying no less than $8.60 per hour.

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