Central UMC Serves Through The Make It Home Project

By Brad Bennett

In the midst of the pandemic, a group of people from Central United Methodist Church in Fairmont, WV heard the call of God to buy a house. And on July 5th, 2023, they sold this home to a family that is in recovery. With the help of individuals from the church and community, donations from local businesses, West Virginia Volunteers in Mission, Dayspring Community Church and the leadership of the Holy Spirit, the house was renovated and sold back to this family at a reduced cost.

“Every day when I come home from work, it feels like I’m on vacation,” said Charlie Browning, who is now the proud owner of this home. He recently placed a cross on the wall that was given to him as a gift. It reminds him of God’s grace and blessing that has brought him through a difficult journey of recovery from homelessness to home owner.

Charlie met a church member at a block party who began mentoring and helping him in his recovery. Charlie continued to be active in the church and the Motivating Recovery program held at the church, which empowers families through the recovery process. Charlie’s motivation in his recovery is loving his son and providing a nurturing environment.

Central United Methodist Church has the distinction of holding the first Father’s Day service on July 5th, 1908. The church is honored to be part of this project for a father like Charlie Browning on the 115th anniversary of the First Father’s Day Service.