Heart Full of HOPE Campaign
HOPE for the marginalized…hope for those in a homeless situation to know and understand that there is the ability to become an integral part of society again.
HOPE is defined as an optimistic attitude that is based on positive outcome related to circumstances in one’s life.
We are asking you to participate by making a donation to the Heart full of HOPE Campaign.
Since July 1, 2017, we have served over 6000 meals to those in a homeless situation here in the Cedar Valley, handed out countless bus tickets, backpacks, socks, personal care items, food bags, shoes and boots. We also give out sleeping bags and tents.
This winter we have given away hundreds of pairs of gloves, coats and blankets to help keep the marginalized warm.
Your donation provides us the opportunity to continue to give our guests HOPE in your name.
This past Saturday evening when we were hosting an evening meal here at Hospitality House, we had a gentleman come in that was literally freezing to death. He was living under one of the bridges downtown. We were able to give him fresh, clean clothing, a blanket, sleeping bag, personal care items, gloves (which he had NONE when he came) and provide a resource for two nights in a hotel besides get him social services to help become sustainable. He was literally in tears..saying that he had never been treated so good in his entire life.
Your donation helps us provide that dignity that is deserving by everyone…..
So...it's a brand new year and it has started off with below normal temperatures...way below normal...into the negative wind chill numbers.
We are giving away countless winter coats, stocking caps, gloves, warm thermal sox, long underwear and boots.
We had a guest come to the house on a day that was -22. He was wearing only a fleece jacket. He was wearing mesh tennis shoes and his sox were absolutely soaking wet.
Thanks to the generosity of many, we were were able to outfit him with thermal underwear, boots, gloves, neck scarf, winter coat and stocking cap.
He was so happy, so grateful...he left with a big smile, a warm body and renewed spirit that so many people care. His parting words...'God Bless.."
Yes...God Bless our wonderful donors who make it possible that we can continue to minister to the marginalized.
Homeless Memorial Day...December 21, 2017
Homeless Memorial Day…..Each year for the past seven years, Hospitality House has sponsored a Homeless Memorial Day for those who have passed away in a homeless situation during the year.
This is a time that we can honor their life, offer a prayer and unite as community to remember them.
Please join us Thursday, December 21, 2017 for this time of remembrance.
We will meet at COR, 220 E. 4th St. (downtown Waterloo) at 6 p.m. And walk in a candlelight procession to Lincoln Park where we will remember those who passed away. Immediately following, we will tie some hats and scarves to the trees for those homeless to take to help with warmth. We invite you to return to COR afterward for a light meal and community time.
What is Giving Tuesday?
It always falls the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and kicks off the holiday season in the spirit of giving.
The week of Giving Tuesday beginning November 26 and continuing through December 2 we ask your donation to Hospitality House to provide HOPE to those we serve that are in a homeless situation or in poverty.
We have been serving our guests for eight years...providing services ranging from personal care products, backpacks, food sacks, meals, clothing and coats, bus tickets laundry facilities, social service advocacy and compassion.
We are able to do this because of you and your generosity. We ask you to make a GIVING TUESDAY donation...and help us help our guests. No donation is too small.
Checks can be mailed or dropped off to:
1003 Mulberry St.
Waterloo IA 50703
Your gift/donation is tax deductible.
The Community Outreach meal is sponsored by Hospitality House at 220 East in downtown Waterloo.
On an average night, we serve between sixty and seventy guests. Some nights, we serve over a hundred people.
We have a core group of some great volunteers that continue to give up their Friday evenings to serve those that need food for both the body and the soul….some people come to supplement their food source each week...finding their income doesn’t stretch enough to have good balanced meals each night.
Some come for the community aspect of eating with friends..or just not eating alone. Everyone is welcome.
We have seen friendships bloom over the last nineteen months. We have welcomed new babies into the “Community Meal” family. We have celebrated birthdays with our guests. We listen each week to the news they are so eager to share...to have someone listen to their hopes. We have prayed with guests that have a special need.
Some weeks, we have been able to provide some music for our guests to enjoy during dinner from piano to guitar to flute.
It is an act of love, born of faith, providing HOPE.
HOME UNDER THE BRIDGE
HOMELESS DON'T DESERVE THIS..... These photos are ACTUAL photos of under a bridge in downtown Waterloo where some of those in a homeless situation are actually sleeping....
Right now at Hospitality House, we have a group of those that are in a homeless situation ranging in age from 30-85 years old. Some are not able to hold jobs because of mental health issues, some have medical problems, some can't find employment, some are just in need of some respite...Think about if your home was under the bridge.....our daytime guests are being turned away from the overnight shelters because they don't see a "weather crisis" with the temps above freezing....I wonder if any of those that staff the overnight shelters have actually spent a night under the bridge....I did just that a couple of years ago with one of our volunteers. I can tell you it was a life-altering event….it was just a small taste of what many of our guests see on a daily/nightly basis. It’s not pleasant….
This little marigold growing outside the porch at Hospitality House as we end November reminds me of the resilience of those in a homeless situation.
This little flower struggles to grow, to bloom in adverse conditions...dry soil, rocky ground, people sometimes stepping very close to it, unsheltered in the wind and cold. Many of the same things that our guests go through...
Struggling to flourish..to maintain...to get ahead once they are in a homeless situation. Life is not easy...working each and every day to get out of that situation and into a sustainable life..one where there is a job, stable housing.
We watch them finally bloom despite the adverse conditions.