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a letter to HOPE...
Dear Chairperson Hendrix:
I am writing this "Thank You' letter to you, as well as the staff and volunteers at HOPE.
Today, I made my first visit to HOPE seeking financial assistance due to my unfortunate financial circumstance. I don't mind sharing with you that it was a very humbling experience for me; I'm sure I'm not alone. The thing is, from the moment I arrived, I felt comfortable by the kind, compassionate personnel I encountered. They didn't make me feel judged, belittled or ashamed in any way. Instead, I felt welcomed and supported by their generous spirits which emanated throughout the room. I can't tell you how grateful I am for that; to HOPE and its supporters. Together, you make it possible for someone who is down on their luck to find courage and optimism through the kindness of others who are willing to lend a hand-up and not a knock-down especially when a person is already feeling pretty low.
I hope you will share this letter with all of HOPE's staff. I want them to be encouraged as they have encouraged others and know, on behalf of myself and every person and family who visited or benefitted from your service center that each staff member is sincerely appreciated; we, are eternally grateful. Matthew 25:35-40...
Gold Award Project
Emily Richards presented the staff at HOPE a cookbook she personally created for our clients with ingredients from our very own pantry.
Christmas Basket Totals $9,520
By Denyse Clark
Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 6:00 am (Updated: January 5, 6:00 am)
The 2013 Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Basket Fund raised a total of $9,520 to buy food for needy families over the holidays.
HOPE has been thrilled beyond belief with the outpouring of generosity of the community during this Christmas Basket fund, said Rhonda Hare, interim co-executive director of HOPE. We have been able to help so many families during this special season with the additional food purchased with the donations.
A simple thank you does not express the gratitude HOPE has for all those that helped make this possible, Hare said. Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
THANK YOU to the Men's Group of St. Luke's for repairing the handicap ramp for our clients!
National Association of Letter Carriers and United Way
STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE
14,794# of food was collected to assist HOPE clients!
National Football League Referee Association
Jimbo Howey presents a check to Co-Executive Director Rhonda Hare.
Feed the Children delivers 1,200 boxes to assist clients of HOPE.