Originally created 01/31/98

Donor funds new women's center

A woman who attended a Roses and Rainbows conference has donated office space for the Augusta-based women's ministry as a national headquarters and a teaching center.

"A lady wanted to help other women," said Kim Crabill, president. Mrs. Crabill founded the non-denominational organization four years ago to encourage women in their daily lives as wives, mothers, students and working women.

The anonymous donor restored the building, which is located in Ashley Square on Washington Road, and is paying utility bills. "She and her husband just made it beautiful for us," said Mrs. Crabill. The suite has 1,800 square feet.

Before getting the new offices, Roses and Rainbows had been working out of Ms. Crabill's home. "It was very casual," said Cindy Ladomirak, a volunteer.

Cindy Edwards, Augusta director, started a series of classes, titled "Woman to Woman -- a fresh start," a couple of weeks ago at the center. Sessions are offered on Monday mornings and repeated Thursday evenings. About 75 women are enrolled. Roses and Rainbows offers classes in such areas as health, decorating, bible study and marriage, said Ms. Ladomirak.

Pastors will have an opportunity to tour the facility and get familiar with its programs, said Mrs. Crabill. "Some larger churches may already have these programs but some of the smaller ones may not."

The Washington Road facility is also the hub for conference planning for the organization.

Besides the annual fall seminar Oct. 16 and 17 in Augusta, the Houston regional office will host a conference there April 17 and 18 featuring Mrs. Crabill and Stephanie Fast of Portland, Ore.

One-time Atlanta resident Mary Trainer moved to Houston and spread the word about Roses and Rainbows. She is now regional director in Houston. Her church, Sagemont Church in Houston, used a Roses and Rainbows Bible study, "Petals of Wisdom," to begin a women's ministry, said Mrs. Crabill. "About 150 to 200 women attended and from that grew the interest in having a conference."

Roses and Rainbows' regional office in Atlanta will open a two-day conference May 1 with Mrs. Crabill and Carmen Pate, vice president of the 600,000-member Concerned Women of America, a group claiming to be the largest pro-family women's organization in the country. Mrs. Pate spoke in Augusta last year.

A group in Alaska is using the "Petals" study and has inquired about having a conference, said Mrs. Crabill. Her pastor, the Rev. Larry Harmon of West Acres Baptist Church, and his wife, Kaye, went there for a revival and introduced the book. "(The Alaska women) have gotten real excited and want the second study, called `Heart Study."'

The scriptural theme for the organization is found in Titus 2:3-5, where the apostle Paul writes that women should teach and support each other.

"It is just such a pleasure, a wonderful opportunity to be involved in a place where that comes alive," said Mrs. Crabill.

The center, which is located at 4015 Washington Road, Suite M, is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. It also will offer classes evenings and Saturdays. For information, call 863-4116.


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