This week’s United Way agency is Durant Ministerial Alliance (DMA). DMA is an organization comprised of different churches in Durant to aid Bryan county citizens in need.
DMA helps citizens who need help with such things as food, utility costs and temporary living arrangements along aiding in several community projects.
DMA also aids travelers who have become stranded in Bryan County by helping to provide motel rooms and insure communication between the traveler and their home.
DMA is a nonprofit organization and has no operating costs according to 2012 president Pastor John Kinsey.
The churches that make up DMA pay a $350 yearly fee to help aid Bryan County citizens. The organization also receives quarterly funding from the Bryan County United Way.
Kinsey has been part of DMA for six years. Kinsey said he does not know exactly how old DMA is. “It’s been in Durant for years,” said Kinsey.
Kinsey said the organization crosses all denominations. He said there is a variety of churches in DMA who all aim to aid the community.
DMA is a collaboration of churches assisting in community needs. Kinsey said DMA serves anyone in Bryan County although it is based in and focuses on Durant. DMA’s goal is strengthen the spiritual atmosphere through assisting people with their needs.
“We know people are in need with the economy the way it is,” said Kinsey.
How can Bryan County help DMA? Kinsey said there are two ways to help the organization. The first way is to donate to the organization. Kinsey said 100 percent of funds goes to the needy because there is no operation costs.
The second way is to talk to your local pastor about ways to assist the operations of the organization. To contact DMA citizens can call (256) 998-6124 or visit DMA’s website www.durantministerial.com.