GREENVILLE — Destination Known, mission ministry of EUM Church in Greenville, is hosting a New Year’s Eve Gala to benefit families living in the garbage-dump communities in Guatemala. The evening will consist of dinner, dancing and a live auction to be held at Romer’s Catering in Greenville.

Destination Known has been building homes for families over the past 10 years in partnership with Potter’s House Association International. During a weeklong mission trip, the team works to build a home for families that make a living in very harsh conditions around the city garbage dump. These families live in shanties made of wood and metal fastened together with anything they can find. Most of them have dirt floors that allow the garbage to wash through during the rainy season, and many have no electricity or running water. At the end of the week, it is a blessing to present them with keys to a new home made of cinder block, cement floors, a new tin roof, electricity and running water. This house may only be about 100 square feet, but it is so much more to the family that receives it, Destination Known officials said. Visit to watch a video showing the house building process. The group’s teams have built 14 homes for families living in this area and would like to continue to build more. However, this is becoming increasingly difficult due to the increased cost of building supplies.

The gala will begin at 8 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, dinner will be served at 8:30, with dancing and a live auction to follow. This is an alcohol-free event, with 100 percent of the proceeds to be used to build homes for families living in a shanty community around the Guatemala City garbage dump.

Tickets are on sale now. The cost is $50 per person or $85 per couple. Reserved seating is also available for $350 for a table of eight. Tickets may be purchased at EUM Church, A&B Coffee and Cakes, Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln, and Romer’s Catering.

People who are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, should make a check payable to EUM Church and mail it to EUM Church, 111 Devor St., Greenville, OH 45331, Attn: Cliff Rapier, and put “Guatemala Missions” in the memo line.

For more information about the New Year’s Eve Gala, visit or contact Cliff Rapier at 937-548-3211, ext. 212 or [email protected]. Also, follow EUM’s Facebook page and watch for continual updates on the auction items.

Staff report