“God teaches us to share our bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless, clothe the naked. Do not turn your back on your own,” said Carol Ball, Event Coordinator and Hesed House Board Trustee.
Ball shared that lesson with more than 100 others who gathered for the organization’s sixth annual Champions of hope Breakfast.
Attendees learned about homelessness in the area and how they can help. One big way: Pledging at least $250 annually to donate to Hesed as part of the Champions of Hope program.
“As a Champion of Hope, you’re face won’t be on a Wheaties’s box,” said Ball. “But you will be in the hearts of those whose faces you saw on the DVD and the many others who are at Hesed House.”
This year’s harsh winter had more people seeking help at Hesed House, with an average of 175 to 200 overnight guests each week.
“We were in a position that because of the weather, for weeks, we stayed open, basically 24 hours, so we can accommodate not only our guests but everybody in the community as well,” said Hesed’s Executive Director, Michael Cobb.
Also, throughout 2013, the shelter served more than 244,000 meals, helped 2,249 clients once again find a place to call home, and assisted 1,568 people with medical needs.
All was possible because of the donations from the community, like those through the champions of hope program.
“Hope is the one thing that there is no shortage from our staff, from our volunteers, from our donors. We believe in hope so we continue to share that with all that come through our doors,” said Cobb.
For more information on how you can be a Champion of Hope for Hesed House, call (630) 897-2156.
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