Joan Piercy (from left), Curt Strickland, Pat Herndon and Luanne DeMore talk in the upstairs hall of the clothing section at the Old Augusta Mini Theatre in downtown Augusta. St. John's United Methodist Church bought the building, renaming it the Stith Mead House, and has dedicated it as a place for the less fortunate to receive food, medical attention and clothing. Church members donated $240,000 to the project. Stith Mead founded St. John's in 1798. Dozens attended the open house Wednesday.