A cloudy, chilly, April morning and Horns for the Homeless (H4H) served a mission. Our hard-working volunteers assisted approximately 180 folks living on the streets. We provided camping equipment (tents, sleeping bags, hiking backpacks), clothing, shoes (hiking boots are ideal for those living in extremely cold conditions), accessories all donated by either local merchants or members of the community like you!
The Hair Fairies have participated for the first time providing us 4 stylists and man do they make a difference!
Just the beam of pride alone would transition on the faces of the people receiving. A very special thank you to Madison Shiver and her crew; Alana, Tresa, Bianca for these much needed and valuable services. The Hair Fairies also provided head lice checks and product. These important issues often get neglected and not freely provided just at anytime. Thank you for this service!
PeopleReady was on board and ready to sign individuals up for employment. Rob Wessels and Kelly Colby, thank you so much for collaborating with H4H to lead individuals to self-sufficiency. A dozen folks were signed up for work and half started employment this week! Many people think the homeless can “just go get a job,” but the two of you work with these individuals on a daily basis and know it is easier said than done. Thank you for having a heart to serve!
Rob Wessels, not only did you provide the vital resource to jobs for these folks, but you brought in your musical talent and entertained us all, even through the wind and rain! (Video to prove it!) You rock brother! The continual PR you provide for us is immeasurable. We are fortunate you have supported us in the ways you have. We graciously thank you!
Our volunteers! You know we could not make as big of an impact in the small amount of time without you! Tanya Barba, Elaine Bock, Teresa Smith, Cheryl Bland, Katharine Bland, Gabe Martin, Larry Massengale, Angie Ray, Brian Ray, Bianca Cardenas, Alana Wight, Tracy Salsbery, Dave Salsbery, Lisa Sfetku, Bianca Cancino, Ross Burdick, David David M. Smith, Tresa Tierney Andrea Warren, Anne Tillinghast, Beverly Kraushaar, Javan Morse, Nikos Morse. You came, you worked, you changed lives! Bless each and every one of you!
Honorary mention to David and Teresa Smith who were up at the late hours of the night and received message of our small generator issue – or lack of thereof. You both not only came and gave of your time from beginning to end, but when an urgent need was presented, you bailed us out! Thank you!
Cheryl Bland and her lunch mates – thank you! They were busy assembling lunches filled with donated, packaged goods. When Cheryl volunteers – just step aside. She’s got it covered. Bless you for your continued hard work. You have been there from day one and provide such invaluable service.
Tanya Barba- thank you for the photos documenting the event and providing us memories of cherished moments.
Special acknowledgements: First, YOU the community for sharing the word of H4H, donating funds, or providing much needed items. Happy Tails Pet Center for food for the homeless pets but also serving as a drop-off location for local folks to bring donations to. MTI for providing hygiene items. Starbucks for keeping all of us a little warmer with coffee and cocoa! Uhaul- thank you for generous donation that provided us the ability to transport goods to the event. Cedar House Printing for continual printing services for our flyers. Special businesses that wish to just give anonymously- we thank you ever so much for allowing us to be a channel.
To my partner in crime- Kevin Rankin. The months, weeks, days, and hours in between to pull all this together just is not possible without you. Where I leave off, you pick right up. I could not be more thankful for all your help, guidance, and most importantly the continued support and encouragement to keep moving forward. You are right there behind
the scenes knowing all the hurdles and walls we have to get through to make this happen. It’s a pleasure and honor to work alongside you. You continue to inspire – Thank you.
May each of you be blessed for your kindness!