the New Year coming everything around us seems to change. People make New
Years Resolutions to better themselves in an aspect of their life that is
important to them, relationships change, and sometimes processes and policies
At HOPE, we are also beginning the New Year with a change--the hours and availability of our Services will be changing.
Folks will still be able to come see us Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm to receive services such as our Food Shelf, our Clothing Voucher System, our Home Packages Program etc., However, we will NOT be offering services on Saturday's anymore.
Now, we understand this can be frustrating for some, and for some you may be asking, "Well, why?” That's a GREAT question, and we're going to try to answer it the best we can for you.
The store will still be open on Saturdays for all of your shopping needs. We are no longer providing services on the weekend for two main reasons:
1. The store is just so busy on Saturday and we have minimal staff on the weekend--So try to imagine and put yourself in our shoes on a Saturday--we've got two people working, donations are flooding in, there's a line at the register, more donations are flooding in, we're taking them to the sorting room, now a customer needs help bringing something in from their car, or out to their car and now BAM! There's a line at the services counter as well—and because of the craziness, we’re not able to serve you properly.
2. Our Services Coordinator needs time off too! She loves seeing everyone during the week, and loves being able to help everyone out, but legally, we've got to give her some "me time” Crazy, right? I mean, if it were up to us we'd see her smiling face every single day, but we're pretty sure we can get in trouble for that!
Without our Services Coordinator who knows everyone’s voucher, everyone's application, everyone's individual situation it is near impossible for us to give you the quality of help you deserve to make sure all of your needs are being met. We want to be the strongest support we can for you, and our Services Coordinator is the just simply the best person to do that for you.
As a result, again, services will not be offered on Saturdays beginning the New Year.
You can receive services at HOPE still Monday-Friday 10-5 (unless it is an absolute emergency)
Thank you for understanding, and thank you for your continued support!
The Truth About Helping at the Holidays
As many of our community members know, our family at HOPE is in the business of Helping Other People Everyday. Helping those in need is not an easy job. It is tests our strength, it can be emotionally draining, and we push ourselves to our limits to do everything possible to help an individual, or family, get back on their feet and moving toward a brighter future.
Far too often our society hears the tales of individuals who are abusing the system, taking advantage, and are getting everything handed to them when they’re just being “lazy” and need to just “get a job”. We’re here to shed some light on this stigma that lingers over families who need a hand.
From our experience, this is just not the case—and it’s why we do what we do each and every day. Our experience is one we wish most people in our society could have a chance to see. Our experience is that of compassion, empathy, gratefulness, selflessness, and things coming full circle. We know that we rely heavily on community support and we want you to know that your support does not go unnoticed, and it is truly going to those who are our most vulnerable. Your support goes directly to those who, with a little empathy from others, can change their current circumstance and live a full, happy, and healthy life.
During the holidays, this is much more evident in the work that we do. Last week we distributed well over 200 Christmas Packages. These packages were both Christmas gifts for local kids, stockings full of goodies for the elderly in our local nursing homes, and care packages to parents living in local shelters and safe houses to just let them know “It’s going to be okay, you’re doing okay”
In the past week we’ve seen tears of joy from single parents who had lost their job, just recently started working, but hadn’t saved enough for Christmas gifts yet.
We’ve gotten hugs from grandparents who are raising their grandkids as we dropped off their gifts and cookie mixes.
We’ve seen tears of joy from families who’ve lost everything in a home fire, or from fleeing a violent situation.
We’ve seen families turn items away because they want to be sure there are things for the other families.
We’ve seen shelter families send back jackets that we gave their kids, because they’ve already received one from someone else and they don’t want to take more than they need.
The point is, we’ve seen the opposite of the undeniable stigma that families in need get day after day, week after week, year after year.
We see tears of joy.
We see smiles.
We see hugs.
We see gratefulness.
We see compassion.
We see empathy.
We see our community helping other people every day, and the appreciation from the families and community members receiving that help.
We eventually see those we’ve helped, helping others.
Happy Holidays from our family to yours.
Christmas is fast approaching and each year HOPE provides Christmas to over 300 families in need in our community.
The only reason we are able to do this is because of the generosity of our community members who help us make Christmas special for these families.
We are beginning to collect donations for our Christmas Program now through December 8th. We’ve already had folks call to ask how they can help. Below you will find a Christmas Wish List that includes a lot of the items we look for annually to wrap and give to the children in our community. PLEASE REMEMBER these items should be new, unused, and still in the packaging.
If you want to donate to the Christmas Program, take a peek at the list, and if you choose to be a donor, you can bring in your items to our store any day during regular business hours.
We’d like to thank each and everyone who contributes to this program from the bottom of our hearts. Your compassion, generosity, and community involvement is going to help bring smiles to little one’s faces on Christmas Morning
All Items should be brought to HOPE by Friday December 8th
CHRISTMAS WISH LIST
· Snow pants
· Small Toiletry items (Deodorant, Shampoo, Toothpaste Tooth Brushes)
· Hair clips
· iTunes gift cards
· Subway gift cards
· McDonald’s Gift Cards
· Baby Dolls
· Matchbox Cars
· Young children’s toys
· Educational toys
· Toy trucks
· Soccer Balls
· Board Games
· Playing Cards
· Throw Blankets
· Barbie Dolls
· Art Supplies
· Craft Supplies
· Coloring Books
· Reading books for all ages