Pictured outside the new Anchor House trucker center (L to R):
Anchor House board member/volunteer, Dave McIntyre; Pastor of Elwood Baptist Church, The Rev. Tom Winter; Manatee County Commissioner, Priscilla Whisenant Trace; Chaplain Tim Huppert; Anchor House board president, Ron Sikkema; and Anchor House board member, Bill Oostendorp.
Trucker Appreciation Day included opening of Truck Center Port Manatee hosted a Trucker Appreciation Day which included the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Anchor House “Truckers’ Center,” outside the port’s Access Control area. The building currently houses the scale house on the back side and now a center for truckers to take a shower, rest and get Christian literature/DVDs/music for the road in the former screen porch area.
The additional outreach grew from research on needs among truckers by the Anchor House board. As many as 183 truckers pass through Port Manatee daily. This is about 4,600 per month. Reaching out to these men and women is an extension to our primary purpose of reaching seafarers.
Thank you to everyone who participated financially and prayerfully to help get this off the ground. The center will be manned by volunteer staff. If you have a heart for hospitality and personal evangelism, please contact us to become part of the team.