Goodwill dedicates chapel with built-in prayers

Goodwill's new chapel is dedicated

Goodwill Industries dedicated its newest chapel Thursday by building in plenty of prayers.

“In this time capsule, we have prayers from our 700 employees, and it will be sealed into the wall,” said Tim Ligon, the chief financial officer for Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA.

The chapel is part of the organization’s 26,500-square-foot complex at Village West Shopping Center, which will include a college campus, restaurant and conference center.

Amid the clamor of powersaws and nailguns, Goodwill workers added their own prayers to the chapel’s unfinished walls – using felt-tip markers.

“Write your blessing, write your prayers,” Ligon said. “And let them be here for eternity.”

Goodwill was founded in 1902 in Boston, where a Methodist minister named Edgar J. Helms began collecting household goods and hiring unemployed people to repair them for resale. The nonprofit now has about 180 member organizations nationwide.

Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA, whose region runs from Macon to Aiken, has more than 700 employees and missions that include
education, work and career development services.

The facilities at the Furys Ferry Road complex are scheduled to be completed no later than Jan. 1, communications director Susan Everitt said.

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