There will be transportation to and from H.E.L.P. pickup locations for those who are Homeless and want to participate in “Compassion In Motion” Cornerstone Worship Center, 55 Tide Mill Lane, Hampton, VA on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 from 9 am – 5 pm. Services Provided: Hair Care for Men and Women; Clothing Distribution; Hot Showers; Hot Lunch served; and Music and Games.
H.E.L.P. House Family Shelter provides emergency shelter to families with children. H.E.L.P. House is a five bedroom home built in 1883 and since that time it has been remodeled and renovated many times. H.E.L.P. purchased the property in 1985 with a Community Block Grant from the City of Hampton to provide refuge and comfort to a countless number of families that found themselves homeless and in need of a place for a new start in life.
The Tidewater Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (TC-TAI) was introduced to the H.E.L.P. Shelter by Mr. T.J. Spann, President of TC-TAI, and his family. Soon after his family’s volunteer activity at “A Night’s Welcome Program”, which is a partnership with the local churches to supply meals and to provide respite for the homeless during the winter months, Mr. Spann, recognized the need in the community. Clothing items were needed for those who could not afford to purchase necessary garments; business attire for interviews, work uniforms, or clothes to keep warm.
In 1999, Mr. Spann suggested to the Programs and Community Service Committee of the Tuskegee Airmen Chapter that they conduct an annual clothing drive for the family shelter. Since then, the H.E.L.P. Shelter has been blessed to receive needed clothing items for homeless individuals and families at the shelter.
The Tidewater Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. is proud to proclaim and continue the legacy of the famed Tuskegee Airmen who served our country during World War II and beyond through their community service projects. In addition to conducting an annual clothing drive for the H.E.L.P. Family Shelter, the Chapter also provides education assistance/scholarship awards and Youth Program. For more than 25-years, the Chapter has presented qualified High School Seniors in the Hampton Roads area (who post 3.0 grade point averages and higher) with $1,000, $1,500 or more.
The thoughtful character of this group of Airmen who distinguished themselves as American Heroes has been a benefit to many who were born years after their initial triumph during World War II. There are many more groups and organizations who recognize the needs in our community and who contribute their time and talents to make life better for those whom they may never meet or know…but, they do know they represent fellow brothers and sisters who are in need.
If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:17-18
H.E.L.P. participation in Street Church was cancelled due to standing water at the apartments and precipitation issues on Sunday.
Hampton Sheriff’s Office participated in the First Annual H.E.L.P. Walkathon and literally walked the walk as eight deputies and staffers kept pace on the 3 mile course while raising $770. “Each of us could find ourselves in a dire need for food and shelter,” said Sheriff B. J. Roberts. “It’s a true blessing to be able to contribute to H.E.L.P and I applaud my staff for their efforts.” H.E.L.P. salutes the men and women of the Hampton Sheriff’s Office for their efforts and we are thankful to Sheriff B. J. Roberts for his years of support and generosity to the community and those in need.
The annual H.E.L.P. Walkathon was held Saturday, September 24, 2011. What a beautiful morning for our 100 walkers, joggers and cyclists to enjoy while raising awareness and funding to end homelessness “one step at a time”. While raining over most of Hampton, we only had a few drizzles. A big thank you to all that participated to include Hampton Mayor Molly Ward, Linda Batchelor-Smith, and representatives for B J Roberts and the Hampton Sheriffs Department, who have so far raised $770 towards the Walkathon. The Sheriffs Department has also donated 70 pairs of sneakers to H.E.L.P. in addition to the money their team raised. The Kiwanis Club, the Hampton Democratic Committee, numerous church groups to include Langley Baptist and First Presbyterian were among our many participants. We are thankful to our sponsors including Bob Harper Photography, Senator John Miller, American Legion Post 48 and Habitat for Humanity. Please watch our website for photos, a complete list of sponsors and the final amount raised later next week. Much appreciation goes to Walkathon Committee Chair, Mr. Bob Martin and honorary committee members Senator John Miller, Delegate Jeion Ward, City of Hampton elected officials Mayor Molly Ward, Treasurer Bob Williams, Commissioner of Revenue Ross Mugler, Clerk of Court Linda Batchelor-Smith and Sheriff B J Roberts. Before the walk began, we had a moment of silence for Mr. Michael Dawson who passed away September 15, 2011. The H.E.L.P. staff walked as Team Michael, homeless no more. Rest in peace our Christian Brother. Thank you to the committee, board members, staff and volunteers that helped make the Walkathon a success. if you have not yet made your donation in support of the Walkathon or Team Michael, visit our donation page.
Daily Press write-up. “Volunteers provide H.E.L.P.”
Some of you have met Michael (pictured below) during your week of hosting A Night’s Welcome. This picture was taken during the summer at Mill Point Park during one of our Mobile Cooling Center days. Michael was scheduled to go to the VA Medical Center this morning for medical treatment after we had taken him two weeks ago. Two days ago he expressed that he was not feeling well and wanted to go this morning. Upon arrival to transport to the VA, Reverend Cheek found him covered in a blanket with the police busy going about their jobs. Michael passed away in his sleep last night under the stars at Mill Point Park. H.E.L.P. was able to provide personal information and help with next of kin notification.
When we remember the vision of H.E.L.P. “to uplift people in crisis and end homelessness”…….remember Michael. Michael is why we are committed to empowering those in crisis to strive for self-sufficiency. Michael’s memory will live on in our hearts and will help us remember why we live the mission of H.E.L.P. as we continue to serve the Michael’s in our community. Michael was a homeless veteran, a friend, and an advocate for his fellow man and he acknowledged that he had a Lord and Savior.