Last weekend I spent some time at Bridging the Gap, a community outreach program in Newnan. As I walked into Bridging the Gap I expected to find a place of business, but instead I found a place of community. I arrived in time to experience the founder, Alison Wallace, and her husband Kevin give a worship service for the people they were also providing a warm meal and groceries to. I got to see what a true community outreach program looks like where neighbors help neighbors and you are welcomed warmly when you step in the door.
Bridging the Gap is the vision of Alison Wallace and a response to the needs she saw that were not being met. She grew tired of simply “putting a band-aid” on a situation and not resolving the reason for the band-aid. Alison not only wants to help a person in the short term, she also wants to find out what can be done to help that person change their life for the better. The outreach has evolved from Alison making food deliveries in her van to weekly food distributions that help 300-500 people, Christmas in Coweta which will provide 1400 area children with Christmas gifts and a vision for the future that includes providing mentoring, counseling and a larger facility to meet the growing needs of the community.
Before I left my house to go to Bridging the Gap I told my husband I would be gone about an hour, but when I came home three hours later I was excited to tell him about the time I had spent there. Talking with Alison and seeing how and what she and the volunteers are doing helped me realize that I don’t need to look any further than my own two hands to make a positive impact on someone’s life. As she told me several times, the volunteers make Bridging the Gap come to life. If you would like to volunteer to help with Christmas in Coweta (or at any other time) go to the “Volunteer” page of the website and fill out the contact info then type “Christmas” in the “Skill” box. They also have a Facebook page, be sure to “Like” them to stay up-to-date with all events and inspiration from Bridging the Gap!by