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Prayer garden dedicated to memory of Hannah Skipper

on Tuesday, 02 July 2019. Posted in Good life, News, Local News

Prayer garden dedicated to memory of Hannah Skipper
A covered shelter with benches and a wooden cross will give residents of the Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Shelter and others a place for prayer and reflection.


“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a bit of talent left, and I could say I used everything he gave me.”

Those are the words inscribed on the plaque dedicating the prayer garden and pavilion at the Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Shelter in honor and in memory of the Hannah Skipper.

A dedication ceremony for the new garden and seating area was held June 25.

Operating through the Hannah Skipper Foundation in her memory, volunteers built the shelter, created a walkway, and did all the landscaping.

Hannah Skipper died in a 2018 automobile accident at the age of 17. She was a senior at West Florence High School and played shortstop for the Lady Knights’ varsity softball team.

Family members said Hannah was passionate about helping others, so dedicating the garden and pavilion in her memory seemed only fitting.

The Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Shelter, operated by the House of Hope, is a place of refuge for men, women and children who find themselves in need of assistance. The shelter, which provides food, shelter and clothing, is located at 535 S. Church Street in Florence.

The House of Hope is a Christ-centered ministry consisting of the shelter, which provides emergency food and lodging for men, women and families, and the Men’s Home, which offers transitional, long-term help for men only seeking a new start to their lives.

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