Hope for the Journey Home
Historically, Give to the Max has been our most important fundraiser of the year, and this year is no different. Each fiscal year we set a fundraising goal based upon an evaluation of our current financial standing and projections for the balance of the year. For 2017, we have set this goal at $20,000.
Our preliminary numbers show that you, again, surpassed our goal! Giving on the GiveMN site was $10,625. As of Tuesday, Nov. 21, giving via the Guardian Angels website and cash/checks totaled $10,840.
This means you shared $21,465 with Hope for the Journey Home, with a few more donations likely.
On behalf of all of the families who have stayed with us, THANK YOU for your continued support!
Please Join Us - December 15, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Our Christmas Benefit Concert, once again featuring the incredibly talented Ensemble Aventura, will be on Friday, December 15, 2017, at 7:30 PM. We invite all of you to join us as Roger and Monica Stratton and friends share what has become an annual event. You will be treated to a jazzed up collection of traditional holiday favorites, good cheer and company, and, of course, refreshments.
A free will offering will be accepted, but we truly look forward to getting to spend some holiday time with everyone who makes this ministry possible!
Please click HERE to view our needs for Dec 3 - 9 week (Overnights: Sat [1 male])
Please click HERE to view our needs for Dec 10 - 16 week (Afternoons: Wed  & Thurs . Dinners: ALL. Overnights: Mon [1 female], Wed [1 female], & Thurs [1 female])
Please click HERE to view our needs for Dec 17 - 23 week (Afternoons: Wed , Thurs , Dinners: Wed , Fri  & Sat )
Please click HERE to view our needs for Christmas Week Dec 24 - 30 (Afternoons: Wed  & Thurs . Dinners: Sun , Mon , Tues , Fri  & Sat . Overnights: Thurs  & Sat [1 male])
Please click HERE to view our needs for New Year's Week Dec 31 - Jan 6 (MOST shifts available)
We are currently in need of Dryer Sheets, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Disinfectant Wipes, & Dishwasher Soap (gel-paks)
Take a Moment to Think About It
If you were facing significant financial hardship, wouldn't you do everything you could to keep a roof over your (and your children's) heads? Would you run up all of your credit cards in a desperate attempt to stay off of the streets? Would you sell all of the non-essentials in an effort stay in your home? Would you skip meals?
Now imagine the stress all of this places on you and your family. Would your health deteriorate? Would you begin missing days at work in order to handle legal problems arising from financial crisis? Would you become depressed and anxious? Would it affect family relationships?
What would this do to your self-esteem? Your sense of worth?
Imagine, now, the difficulty, after all of this, of re-establishing "yourself." Your credit may be shot, your health is possibly poor, your relationships are strained or broken.
While not everyone responds to crisis in the same way, it is important that we really stop and "Think About It." Put yourself in the shoes of those served at Hope for the Journey Home. Close your eyes and imagine yourself facing this sort of situation. How would you respond? Who could you turn to for help?
These are our friends and neighbors. They are children who attend school with our children. They are real people, with real names and faces. They are NOT strangers.
A short video on who we are and what we do at the shelter is available HERE.
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