Programs and Workshops

December program - Our holiday party

 

Make or buy ($20 value) a gift to exchange.

Bring an item for the luncheon based on your last name - 

     A - F.....vegetable/salad

     G - L.....main dish

     M - R.....drinks

     S - Z.....dessert

Donation for Hope Outreach Center

Imagine this is your family. 

  • Two loving parents with three beautiful children ages 3, 5, and 10 years old. 
  • Dad makes a living doing back-breaking work, scrubbing boats at a local marina.
  • Mom takes care of their young family and works part time. 
  • Your dilapidated mobile home needs extensive repairs but this is a luxury you can’t afford. 
  • You feel blessed to provide for your family and save a little each week when so many people are out of work. 

Suddenly, this beautiful family, teetering on the brink of poverty, plunges deeply into its midst when Dad is laid off.  How could this happen when he’s worked for this company for years?

 

Your savings help you survive while you search frantically for a new job.  Hope begins to fade.   There are few jobs available and so many looking for work.  Terror grabs hold of you as you run out of money. 

  • How will you feed your children? 
  • What will happen to them when you lose the safety of your home? 
  • Will the authorities take your babies away if you become homeless?

 

This is what it feels like to be poor.  The terror of physical insecurity gnaws at your gut.  You feel like a failure because your children cry out with hunger and there’s nothing you can do about it.

 

Fortunately for this family, they found HOPE Outreach Center where they received food, encouragement, and referrals to help them get back on their feet.  HOPE helped them repair their trailer by connecting them to refurbishing programs offered by other agencies.

 

We’re happy to report that both parents have found work again.  The bad news is that together they now earn less than Dad earned at his previous job.  Yet, they are grateful for the blessing of the love and care they received at HOPE.

 

 

 

 

 

January Program- Basil Papanastassiou