Abraham's Tent seeks funds for new building - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Abraham's Tent seeks funds for new building

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

For 26 years, Abraham's Tent has operated out of a building on Fruge Street leased from the Calcasieu Parish School Board.  

After nearly three decades of selflessly serving the community, they're ready for a place to call their own and they're asking for the community's help.  

"We're so grateful to the school board for allowing us to use this space but it's an old building now and it's just really taken it's toll," said Pearl Cole, executive director of Abraham's Tent. 

Aside from the natural wear and tear of the building, the lack of a central ventilation system has become a big area of concern.

"The only thing missing here is a comfortable environment," said Robert Piper, a concerned citizen working to help the tent fund the new building. "A comfortable facility where these folks can share a meal - the people who need to eat can share a meal - so that's what we're trying to do."

The board of Abraham's Tent has started fundraising and seeking donations to help fund their new building. 

"We're looking for something simple that will just meet our basic needs," said Cole. 

Already, they've raised $600,000.  The new building, which would sit on a lot already contracted a few hundred yards from their current location, will meet the needs Cole speaks about - a layout efficient for serving hot meals every day to anyone who needs it and the volunteers who help make it happen. 

"It'll be a place for the volunteers to be very comfortable and also the staff and also the people who eat here," said board member, Eddie Conner.

"I want to thank the community in advance," said Cole. "Please, help us to build this building so Abraham's Tent can have a spot of it's own."

Conner, Piper and Cole say prayer is always welcome for those who want to get involved with helping fund the new building but they also say monetary donations can be made.

The information for Abraham's Tent is below: 

Abraham's Tent

2300 Fruge Street

Lake Charles, La 70601

(337) 439-9330

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