Salt Mine works to fill needs

By: Brandon Darnell, News Messenger Reporter
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The Salt Mine seeks to provide both materially and spiritually for the needy in the Lincoln community, and as the recession continues, that need is only increasing. That’s according to Pastor Eric Long, who said The Salt Mine’s mission is “to do the work that God has called us to do in this community, which is to help the needy and homeless through feeding them and through our thrift stores.” Long stressed that The Salt Mine is not just a food closet or homeless shelter, but a church. “We also feed the soul,” Long said. The Salt Mine has been in Lincoln for the past 25 years, and has been doing its current work for the past 17 or 18 of those years, said Long, who has been a pastor for the church for the past 10 years. “We’re definitely seeing the need rise even more,” Long said. “We’re seeing needs rise in all areas: food, money to pay PG&E bills and rent.” While The Salt Mine is still able to provide the needed food and clothing, Long said many callers are asking for monetary donations, and there simply isn’t enough to go around. Help is always welcome, be it in donations of food, time and money or volunteer work. Donations of food or clothing can be dropped off at The Salt Mine on the corner of Sixth and G streets. To contact The Salt Mine, call 645-3778. Regular worship services are held every Sunday at 10 a.m., with various other services in the evenings. One popular evening service is for kids younger than middle-school age, according to Long. Held every Wednesday at 7 p.m., activities feature puppet shows. “We get kids from all over the community,” Long said. In addition to helping the community on a daily basis, The Salt Mine also holds a Thanksgiving food drive in November. Service Times: All services held at The Salt Mine, on the corner of Sixth and G streets Worship services – Sundays at 10 a.m. Youth services for kids younger than middle school – Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Bible study – Thursdays at 7 p.m. Youth services for junior high and high school students – Fridays at 7 p.m. Thrift Store Locations 454 F St. and 105 Flocchini Cir.