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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Chronicle Mill project going great guns By Alan Hodge

The King’s Daughters Ministry founder and president Sheryl Dorsey (left) and accountant Dawn Smith work together at the non-profit’s headquarters at 112 N. Main in Stanley. Photo by Alan Hodge

The King’s Daughters Ministry celebrating ten years in Stanley By Alan Hodge

Back in 2011 Sheryl Dorsey had a dream of starting a residential ministry in Stanley providing counseling, education, and daily life skills to women 18-30 and their children who may be homeless, battered, selfharming or recovering from substance abuse. Since that time the idea has not only survived, it has blossomed and grown. “It’s been challenging and very rewarding,” Dorsey said of the journey. “God has been amazing in changing and healing the lives of the families that come here.” The King’s Daughters offers a variety of services for its residents. Services are free of charge. These in-

clude- Provide a safe and loving residential environment which includes food, clothing and shelter. Foster emotional support and healing through professional counselors and peer advocates. Proclaim the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ as foundation for all healing. Provide spiritual and personal growth through biblical teaching, partnerships with spiritual and educational experts, and through lay leader mentoring. The King’s Daughters headquarters are currently located at its Center for Counseling & Education at 112 N. Main Street in Stanley. The facility is home to the administrative office, counseling rooms, a kitchen and dining area, space for tots to play, and a study room where classes on subjects such as

budgeting, parenting, and resume’ writing take place. “We try to use all of our space to meet the needs of our residents,” said Dorsey’s assistant Dawn Smith. The King’s Daughters residents actually live in its Stanley area home called Emerald House. The house is a spacious and clean environment. Up to six women and children can live there. The residents take turns grocery shopping, cooking, and doing household chores. “They can stay as little as one day or as long as two years,” Dorsey said. “The house is supervised 24/7.” According to Dorsey, potential residents must complete an interview process. See MINISTRY, Page 5

About a decade ago John and Jennifer Church first launched their dream of transforming Belmont’s oldest standing cotton mill building, the 1901 Chronicle, into a showcase living and commercial space. Now, after many stops, starts, and delays, not the least of which has been the COVID pandemic, construction workers are on the E. Catawba St. site and pitching in with a passion. Last week saw crews from firms such as RCI Demolition and the Church’s partner Virginia Beach-based Armada Hoffler Construction, busy with everything from heavy equipment to hammers toiling to transform the mill’s brick shell, wooden beams, and heart of pine floors into a

Chronicle Mill developers John and Jennifer Church. modern residential and commercial landmark. John Church smiled as he looked at the work taking place.

“What’s exciting is the amount of energy and the tremendous resources being focused on finally making it See CHRONICLE, Pages 6 & 7

Last year, South Point Class of 2020 grads staged an impromptu gathering and parade in Belmont. This year, Gaston Schools plans on having a return to somewhat “normal” graduation events. See more on 2021 High School graduation plans, page 4. Photo by Jennifer Hall