DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) “Every time you see a yellow shirt with this shield this is Adventist community service,” says Elton Desousa the pastor at Dothan First Seventh Day Church.
ACS is the community outreach ministry of Seventh Day Adventists.
“This program was designed to help meet the need of the community. That includes working with the elderly, disaster relief programs, youth organizations as well, workforce development,” says Dothan First SDA Church’s community service director Rosalind James.
Today it was all about women. Those single, elderly or homeless received car inspections, oil changes, and car washes.
“Women usually don't understand much about cars so we thought that would be an act of kindness,” says Desousa.
The services came at no charge to those who requested them.
“When I heard the lady say free oil change I thought you need to call that number,” says S. Lynelle a participant.
All of the oil and filters for the 64 registered vehicles were donated by local businesses.
“Once they heard what we were doing for the community they were so prompt to help us,” says Desousa.
While women waited on their oil changes and car washes to be completed they were offered facials manicures and lunch.
All of the services including the child care were possible thanks to volunteers.
“We are so glad and blessed to have such a supporting community,” says Desousa.
The women also completed a health assessment. A health seminar will be held based on those results on July 11th.
That seminar will include cooking courses and lifestyle consultations.