Fayette Samaritans honored for service


    The Fayette Samaritans celebrates 20 years of serving needy Fayette Countians this year.

    It first began in a couple of small rooms in back of the Georgia Department of Family and Children’s Services on Ga. Highway 85 South.

    When DFACS grew and needed the space, Leslie Contracting Co. offered the organization an office suite at its headquarters on North Jeff Davis.

    At one point the Samaritans grew but did not have the funds to build. Enter the Peachtree City United Methodist Church and Square Foot Ministry, a United Methodist group in Fayetteville, dedicated to building needed habitats for our county citizens. A financial campaign ensued.

    Fayetteville Christian Church, at the corner of New Hope Road and Hickory Rd, offered a piece of land for the sum of $1 for 100 years and the project was then a go.

    With the help of untold hundreds, including The Citizen, in 2003 a 2,400-square-foot facility was completed to serve the needs in the county.

    Fayetteville Christian held a luncheon last week to honor the Samaritans and over 75 past and present volunteers, and many who have always supported this non-profit group, were on hand to add their congratulations, including U. S. Representative Lynn Westmoreland.

    The nonprofit organization serves Fayette County residents who are going through economic difficulties with donated food and various other help.