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A Community Gift of Gathering Space

When Wayne Shore passed away in 2015 at age 95, he was at his favorite place — at his home in East Bend where he was born and where he and his wife, Bradley, returned 10 years prior to his death. He loved it there — peaceful, tranquil, and a step back to an earlier time. Despite limited space and a small kitchen, he always insisted his large family return to East Bend and gather for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holidays.

The nearly 14-acre property is graced with a barn, a large chicken coop, and 2-story home built in the late 1800s…with few updates.  Shiplap ceilings and walls, three fireplaces, heart pine floors, and many pictures, memorabilia, and furniture pieces all serve as warm reminders of the generations of family and neighbors who gathered under the roof. Even after decades of the Shore family living and serving elsewhere in the world, the property remained in the family and its homestead.    

Karen S. Hopper, Wayne’s daughter, knew when the homestead was gifted to her as part of his estate, that somehow all that the home represented needed to be preserved. Through John Bost and the Clemmons Community Foundation, she was introduced to Chuck Spong and Love Out Loud. Chuck was intrigued with the possibilities. Karen gifted the home to the Clemmons Community Foundation and Love Out Loud. Along with the property, she and her sister Debrah recommended  a multiyear grant from the Wayne A. Shore Endowment Fund to explore the potential community uses and restore and maintain the family homestead. Karen shared, “my sister and I are excited to see what is happening with Dad’s property. My Dad was all about helping people in need in his community, whether large or small. He loved East Bend and the surrounding area. Dad had an internal role in East Bend, ‘loving his neighbor’ through quiet acts of kindness and friendship. Dad’s property was gifted with hopes that it could be used in a way to honor Dad and his life…to bring together people in Yadkin County and surrounding areas.”  

Thanks to Love Out Loud and a summer of listening to neighbors, community leaders, and residents, Karen and Debrah’s dream is becoming a reality. It is a fitting match for Love Out Loud, a collective of Christ-centered churches, groups and individuals who partner with local communities and organizations to fulfill its mission and call to “Love Thy Neighbor.” Already the Shore home has hosted a Rotary Club meeting, a neighborhood cookout, and other meetings and gatherings. After some structural work on the home and kitchen updates and improvements, the vision is expected to flourish with a set-aside, shared space for the entire community. And Wayne A. Shore’s legacy of gathering together at the homestead continues…

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