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Turnout for Fellowship House fund-raiser a 'true blessing'

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More than 200 people attended the Fellowship House catfish dinner fund-raiser at the Ward Agricultural Center. SUBMITTED

More than 200 people attended the recent catfish dinner fund-raiser benefiting Lebanon's Fellowship House, and organizers of the event expressed a heartfelt thanks to the community.

Located at 206 South College Street, the Fellowship House serves as a meeting place for recovery groups, hosting 22 meetings each week. In addition, the house offers a daily Bible Study and a non-denominational church service, complete with fried chicken on Sundays. The community is welcome to attend the religious gatherings, and the house is open from 5:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. daily.

Housing is provided for up to 12 men who have no place else to go. Residents of the Fellowship House must perform daily duties and are required to find a job and pay a reasonable rent. Each year, Fellowship House officials say, some find recovery and go on to hold a respectable place in the community; unfortunately, some do not.

The organization needs fund to perform routine maintenance on the houses and to provide for expansion in the coming months. The annual dinner is the Fellowship House's only fund-raiser. Event organizers expressed their thanks to Chef David Denney and his staff and noted the crowd at this year's dinner was "a full house and then some."

"A huge thank you to everyone involved," Fellowship House Chairman of the Board Dr. Larry Locke said. "This is a true blessing and will help tremendously in the coming months."

Anyone who wishes to contribute to the Fellowship House may send a check to The Fellowship House, 206 S. College St., Lebanon, TN 37087. To learn more, contact Kris Warmath, facilities director, at (615) 449-3891.

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