Former Sushikon bus gets new life helping those in need

The former Sushikon bus has been donated to the Summerville Community Resource Center. (WCIV)

The former Sushikon bus is getting a new job.

Jeff Cassens, owner of the bus that was once a Charleston-area "rolling sushi bar," has donated it to the Summerville Community Resource Center.

The bus will now be used to deliver school supplies, medical supplies, and serve as a homeless shelter for people in need during cold weather, said Louis Smith with the Resource Center.

The bus will also provide transportation to students of the upcoming Muhiyidin Leadership Academy.

Johnathan "Shakem" Thrower, who plans to open the academy in memory of his late friend and Charleston activist Muhiyidin d'Baha, says he is grateful for Cassen's donation to the resource center, calling it "a blessing to a community that has been neglected for so long."

Smith says he hopes to have the bus up and running by the end of April. Thrower says the academy will open in June.

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