Home Sweet Home Ministries displays new sign

By WEEK Producer

January 24, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 12:56 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.-- A historic symbol of hope in Bloomington will once again be lighting up the night sky.

On Thursday, Home Sweet Home Ministries began the process of replacing its "Jesus Cares" sign.

The sign has been attached to the shelter's buildings for 75 years but hasn't been lit in over 10 years because it was broken and too costly to repair.

It has taken the ministry six years to raise the $10,000 necessary to buy the new sign, but staff members say its important the symbol is restore to its fully glory.

"It's been a hallmark of Home Sweet Home in the community for 95 years and it was Billy's vision, our founder, to light up the night with the name of Jesus so that everybody would see that Jesus cares for them," said Sabrina Burkiewicz, vice president of marketing and retail operations at Home Sweet Home.

The new "Jesus Cares" sign is low maintenance and energy efficient.

The old sign will be stored in the ministry's warehouse until a new use can be found for it.

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