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East Toledo Club is in Trouble

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Since 1973 the Idle Time Club has been a safe haven in East Toledo for those struggling with addictions.   The non-profit organization offers housing, 12-step classes, food and clothing to people who struggle with alcohol.  It's been a refuge for Pastor Omar Jackson.

"I've been in prison most of my life...34 years in prison ... and I had to learn how to live out in society...and this has given me a foundation...because I didn't know how to do nothing else...until god changed my life and I became a pastor," he says.

Roy Adams runs the club and says it's in trouble. He says it receives no state or federal funding but relies on donations to keep the doors open. He tells 13 ABC,

"As a result of the cold weather we had pipes that froze...we had to get that replaced which absorbed out small income we had toward the utility bills because the utility bills is what's squeezing us this time of year.

Adams says he's looking into finding more permanent means to raise money...he's even looking at applying for grants.  But in the meantime--He needs help from the community. Adams tells 13 ABC,

"We surely rely on prayers and donations and we operate on a shoe string budget and this is truly a on profit organization because nobody gets paid...everyone here is a volunteer and a trusted servant. "

Idle Time members hope the community will help the club by sending donations to cover 3-thousand dollars worth of utilities. Pastor Jackson tells 13 ABC,

"A place like this is always needed because when no one else wants you...idle time will take you...it's our Taj Mahal...people come here from the bottom and the top and this is the last stop. "

If you would like to donate to Idle Time call 419-691-8882.

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