Healing Place Ministries to host holiday banquet

Healing Place Ministries is asking for the community’s support as it kicks off its annual fundraising drive with a holiday banquet, “Spending the Holiday with Pine Bluff Hall of Famers,” from 6-9 p.m. Saturday in the Great Hall of First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Sixth Ave.

The honoree during the event will be renowned pianst, Jimmy McKissic.

Healing Place Ministries, a non-profit organization founded by the Revs. David and Edna Morgan, provides opportunities for senior victim survivors to receive advocacy support; parents of murdered children to attend support group meetings; at-risk and disadvantaged children to attend summer camp; and families to receive parenting classes. The organization has also provided community services for for more than 1,500 senior victim survivors, support group care for 100 victim survivors and parents of murdered children, and summer youth camp to 1,110 at-risk and disadvantaged children, and family resilience and self-esteem training and advocacy to 40 disadvantaged families.

“We also provide emergency pastoral counseling to individuals and families. In addition, we train volunteer advocates, give presentations at community fairs and festival events, speak at civic organizations about our services and solicit volunteers to help as advocates for all of our ministries to improve life for our citizens. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our community,” Edna Morgan said.

Morgan said the community’s help “will be greatly appreciated as we make an effort to diminish the 18 percent decrease in grant funding experienced this year.”

Banquet tickets are $25 each. To purchase tickets, contact Morgan at 870-535-0101 or 870-692-2400.