Here it is August 1st already and time for my favorite time of the month! This past month all of your comments went to support the wonderful ministry and business of our friends George and Gordon Jacobs —The Davidson Centre for the Professions. If you missed the post detailing what this is all about just click here to go read more about it. I am happy to announce that Chris and I will be sending a donation of $240 to The Davidson Centre for the Professions. Thank you to each of you who has taken the time to comment.
One thing that has become abundantly apparent to me is that there are many folks in this world who are without. Without food, without jobs, without basic necessities and often without a home. I ran across a short video the other day that made me think about those folks who are homeless.
Yes, there are an incredible amount of folks who are homeless for reasons that may even be a little bit surprising. But that does not make them any less a person, does it? Everyone should have a roof over their head.
Recently I saw that our own local Homeless Shelter in Mason City —-Northern Lights Alliance for the Homeless—-is going to be embarking on a new capital campaign to purchase an existing building and renovate it into a new women’s homeless shelter. New Beginnings House of Hope will be a wonderful space where there will be 13 residential rooms, a kitchen, living room and a children’s play area. The new residence will be able to house 26 women plus children while the current women’s shelter, Trinity House of Hope, can house significantly less. Security will be easier at the new location and it will be a great asset to the community to have an improved facility. The shelter serves 8 Northern Iowa counties and is usually filled to capacity.
Jeannie Kingery serves as the shelter administrator and has a big job ahead of her. The week got away from me and my good intentions of meeting up with her went by the way side but from all that I have been able to read in the paper and on line–this is one dedicated woman! She is planning a great fundraising event in October which will help underwrite the estimated $670,000 project.
With all that being said—in August—with each comment that you make on my blog on ANY post we will make a 50 cent donation to go to the capital campaign here in Mason City to benefit The New Beginnings House of Hope. Thank you in advance for being willing to make a difference in the lives of those who need a helping hand. (If you click on HOME at the top of the page it will take you to more posts that you can comment on–it ALL counts!!)
A little addition from Jeannie:
I would like to invite everyone to attend our fundraiser that is October 18th at the Prime N Wine in Mason City. We are having and AMAZING guest speaker, Joe Roberts AKA Skid Row CEO. His story is incredible! The fundraiser is from 6 until 9 and there will be food, live music, silent and a live auction and a cash bar. Tickets will be available soon!