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Hearthstone Ministries to vacate its rental property Saturday

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ADAMS — It’s in God’s hands now.

That is what William A. Sampson, who runs Hearthstone Ministries, 11 E. Church St., said he believes regarding the eviction notice that will displace the six-member church as of Saturday.

“Because of our faith, we already know God’s established this,” he said. “He says to minister to the widows and orphans. This day and age it’s also the homeless.”

But while the small group has been working since April to raise funds to move to a new location, individual donations and proceeds from a carnival fundraiser have brought in only a few thousand dollars, a far mark from the $200,000 Mr. Sampson said is desired to purchase a building in southern Jefferson County. He runs the organization with his wife, the Rev. Susan M. Sampson.

The eviction was finalized quickly by Adams Village Court on July 30. The building is owned by Peggy A. Brouty.

When the store, its warehouse and makeshift sanctuary out back shut down Saturday, so will help offered to many area residents. Mr. Sampson said not only were clothes, toys, books, furniture and other items offered for sale in the thrift shop, but Hearthstone Ministries provided financial assistance to some for utility, rent, prescription and gasoline payments.

On average, the store made $200 per day, for a monthly average of $6,000. Rent and utilities reached as high as $2,000 some months. Mr. Sampson said there is no payroll, as everyone volunteers his or her time at the store.

Mr. Sampson said he rented a U-Haul truck and donated a truckload of his merchandise to the Salvation Army store in Watertown. The thrift store also is offering to let shoppers fill a plastic grocery bag of items for $1, a small tote for $2 or a large tote for $5.

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