WASHINGTON – More than 50 people visited Threads, Hope and Love Saturday morning to visit with Washington Mayor Gary Manier, but few questions were asked about the city.

Instead the regular event “Coffee with the Mayor” gave Manier and visitors a chance to see the not-for-profit and its operations that help people in crisis get their basic needs met.

WASHINGTON – More than 50 people visited Threads, Hope and Love Saturday morning to visit with Washington Mayor Gary Manier, but few questions were asked about the city.

Instead the regular event “Coffee with the Mayor” gave Manier and visitors a chance to see the not-for-profit and its operations that help people in crisis get their basic needs met.

“We were trying to find a way to get him (Manier) and the community here,” said Threads, Hope and Love President Cindy Shuford. “It didn’t take very long to get him to agree.”

Threads, Hope and Love, 213 Muller Road, is a clothing ministry supported by more than 10 area churches that serves people in need in more than 40 area communities.

“It was pretty easy to agree with what they are doing here,” Manier said. “It’s great to showcase what the community of Washington does to take care of its fellow men and women and to give back.”

Glenn Essig, treasurer of Threads, talked to Manier about the number of volunteers who help sorting clothes, as well as those who help by giving a donation. Threads will be kicking off a capital campaign in the coming weeks so that it can buy a building that will be its permanent home.

Shuford said they currently rent the building and may be working with the building owner to purchase the building or possibly another location.

“It’s time for this organization to have a home that we can call ours instead of renting,” she added.

The morning started at 8 a.m. with a short program on Threads, Hope and Love and then moved into conversation with Manier until about 10 a.m. Although much of the conversation was about

Threads, there was still a good bit of city government and local politics talked about during the event.

Mary Kerr of the Washington Historical Society took the morning coffee event as a opportunity to check in with Manier and discuss a few programs the society has planned.

“We talked a little about our upcoming events and how maybe the city can partner with the historical society,” Kerr said.