Two workers in Warner Robins, have undertaken an enormous task. The Reverend John Thomas, and Raymond Ochoa, are building an addition to the Community Outreach Service Center.
And they're doing it almost entirely by themselves.
The shelter serves as a temporary home to men, women, and children. When those who need help come through the doors, Rev. Thomas says, they won't turn people away.
"People come with great needs. People come just as zero...without. And people need help," Thomas explains.
But the shelter needs to expand. From the goodness of people's hearts, Thomas says, the shelter receives donations of things like clothing and appliances. The problem is, they don't have the storage to house those gifts.
Now, Thomas and Ochoa are building a storage house for those items. A building 50x40 feet, with a bathroom, two office rooms, and the large storage area.
The two do get occasional volunteer help, but have been working almost exclusively on the project for more than six months.
The four walls are up, but the roof only has half of its rafters up, the interior is still just beams, and the team doesn't know where they are going to get all the supplies to keep working tomorrow.
"We go one day at a time. When someone gives us some money, we go buy some materials," Thomas says. "How, when, we don't know. We just trust God. But when people support us, it does make a difference."
Ochoa has been laid off from work for several months, and figured he would volunteer his time and skills to the shelter until something comes along.
"The sweat that pours off of me doing this is an honor. It's just a pleasure doing it."
Both men work together nearly every day, doing what little they can with what little they have.
Once the building is complete, the donated items the shelter cannot use, will be sold, to raise more money for the shelter. Thomas says the sooner the building is completed, the sooner they can sell those donated items, and use that money to help more people.
If you would like to help the Community Outreach Service Center in Warner Robins, Thomas says they can use anyone who is willing.
Have you ever thought you have what it takes to be a model? Do you love downtown Macon? Are you a male?
If you answered yes to at least two of those questions (specifically the last two), InTown Macon wants to showcase you for their 2012 'Men of InTown Calendar'.
This is the first time the InTown Macon Neighborhood Association is doing an event like this, and they want to get the men of the city involved.
Koryn Young of InTown Macon says the purpose of the calendar is to rid the stereo type that the people who live in the InTown area are boring and don't know how to have fun. She also wants people to know that downtown Macon can still be a place to have a good time.
The rules are simple;
You have to be a male
You must live, work, or play in downtown Macon
You must submit a photo of yourself (or someone who you think would be a good nominee)
Explain why you love downtown (or why your nominee would be a good candidate)
Young says when you submit your photo and application, be fun and creative in your answers, because that is the idea behind the InTown calendar.
"It is a fun fundraising idea that would definitely translate...and who doesn't want a calendar of the men of InTown Macon?" Young jokes.
If you want to be a part of the calendar shoot, you have to hurry, Young warns. The deadline to apply is Thursday, September 15th.
If you want to apply, or send an application in for someone else, check out all the details by clicking here.
In light of recent violent crimes the Bibb County Sheriff's Office says it just doesn't have the man power to enforce a teen curfew. Sheriff Jerry Modena says he believes a curfew won't put a complete end to crime in Bibb County.
According to Sheriff Jerry Modena, his department is understaffed by about 20 deputies. Modena says he is also concerned with potential overcrowding at the law enforcement center if deputies pick up more teenagers.
"Consequently, you service one way then you have a problem the other way, because using those deputies to watch over these people takes them of the road and brings them in here in kind of a babysitting way," says Modena.