Levi Roop is continuing to work at one trade while he is embarking on a new profession.
The East Petersburg resident is still working as an auto body technician, a trade he's had for a decade. "I enjoy working with my hands," he said last week.
On Tuesday, September 24, he spent his first day as a counselor at Quarryville's New Hope Community Life Ministry. He will be working there every Tuesday and acquiring the hours he needs to be licensed to practice in Pennsylvania.
Two local nonprofit organizations are looking for new directors.
The Southern End Community Association is searching for someone to replace Nicole Luecker. She has been SECA's executive director since June, 2014. Her last day at SECA was Friday, March 1.
Leucker intends to take some time off before her next job. "I'm going to take a break for a little bit," she said. "I need time to reassess and reengage," she said.
"We have enough space. We just have to find a better way to use it," said Mary Brusstar, manager of New Hope Community Closet.
That's going to happen next month.
Volunteers from New Hope Community Life Ministry's church network will be spending a week reworking the store to make it easier for customers to shop and volunteers to sort donations and stock the shelves.
The work will take a week to complete. The store in TownsEdge Shopping Village will close at its regular time on Saturday, February 18, and remain closed until it holds its grand reopening on Saturday, February 25.
"We will be covering the windows with paper. We want people to be in for a big surprise when we reopen," Brusstar said.
The thermometer was struggling into the low teens and gusts were creating streamers of snow.
Neil Uniacke wasn't thinking about wind chills and snowdrifts. He was thinking about softball.
Uniacke, director of New Hope Community Life Ministries, was planning New Hope's second annual church softball tournament.
"We had some great competitions last year," he said. "Many of the larger churches have enough people to substitute throughout the day."
The look of France's capital city will be coming to Kirkwood, at least for a few hours, early next month.
Spring in Paris is the theme for the New Hope Community Life Ministry's eighth annual fashion show on Saturday, April 12.
About a dozen models will show clothing for children and adults.
The models will be able to buy the items they wear; any of those items that are available after the show may be purchased at New Hope Community Closet.
First came the vision of its founder, Ken Zieber, who retired from one career to start New Hope Community Life Ministry in 1998.
Then there's the vision of the non-profit to continue to offer counseling and other services in the Southern End.