Covington, KY—Madison Avenue Christian Church invites the community to tour its newly renovated transitional home on Sunday, February 12, 2016 at noon following church services. The church has owned the row house at 1546 Madison Avenue for over twenty years. During this past year, a task committee of the board has renovated and planned for a transitional home project that will house one family facing a crisis for a limited period. The transitional home is adjacent to the church parking lot and has a newly remodeled kitchen with new appliances, bathroom, living and dining rooms and three bedrooms. “There are families facing a crisis that is health related, due to job loss or even a catastrophic fire that displaces a family from their home,” said Committee Chairman Greg Land. “With the help of local social service agencies, families will be identified that would be ideal candidates for temporary housing while they get back on their feet.” A reception at the church at 1530 Madison Avenue will precede tours of the transitional home. Covington Mayor Joe Meyer is expected to attend along with community members and church volunteers.
A Disciples of Christ affiliated church, Madison Avenue Christian Church has an over 100-year commitment to the citizens of Covington, currently hosting a robust community meal program for those in need and sponsoring a Samaritan Car Care program that assists women with families who are unable to afford the cost of routine maintenance and minor repairs to their cars. The church has provided medical programs in conjunction with NKU nurses and registered individuals for the Affordable Care Act. Dedicated church members and hundreds of community volunteers serve on average, 25-30,000 hot meals a year, and over 250,000 meals have been served since the beginning of the program in 2004.
The church is facing a bit of a crisis itself. The 26-year-old hot water boiler system experienced problems this winter with leaking pipes, a broken pump and boilers that need extensive repairs. A temporary fix is heating the church at present. To fix the system will cost near $50,000, a huge expense for a church congregation of 250. “Despite this setback, we are moving forward with our community outreach programs,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Bruce Kintner. “We might be tempted to take care of our own needs first, but that would not reflect the heart of this church and its congregation. We will find a way to fund the boiler project and continue our programs that are a vital lifeline to so many.”