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Field Teams Restore Abandoned Property To Generate Jobs & Hope

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A once-vacant resort in Rockaway Beach, Missouri, is now a place for community growth, gardening, and new jobs — thanks in part to Convoy of Hope’s Field Teams.

Throughout the pandemic and a decades-long history of growth and decline, Rockaway Beach has shown itself to be resilient. However, many residents acknowledge that lack of opportunities and below-average wages have had a noticeable impact on their community.

A recent Field Teams group ventured to Rockaway Beach, to renovate what was once an unoccupied resort building. The property now features valuable facilities, such as a coffee shop, a community garden, and a greenhouse — all of which generate income, jobs, and opportunities for community members to learn skills that will benefit themselves and their loved ones.

“The coffee shop is now a really cool hangout in town,” said Matt Wilkie, Senior Director of Convoy of Hope’s Field Teams. “Young adults get jobs there and learn skills to help them in their careers later on.”

The community garden and greenhouse also create opportunities for Rockaway Beach residents to work, learn, and earn money through local agriculture.

Bridge of Faith Community Church, which purchased the facility after its abandonment, has done a great deal to ensure the space is used for community enhancement. The property also includes a counseling center, a tee-ball field, and other resources for Rockaway Beach residents.

“Pastor Jonathan [of Bridge of Faith] has a huge heart for Rockaway beach,” Matt said. “I’m thankful that, through Field Teams, we can walk alongside this great leader to help build capacity for what the church is doing in this community.”

Convoy of Hope’s Field Teams connects team members with the long-term goal of sustainability, which has the potential to impact individuals, families, communities, and — ultimately — a culture. To learn more about Convoy’s Field Teams, click here.

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