Guests at H.E.L.P.’s A Night’s Welcome Emergency Shelter – First Baptist Church, Hampton – Hair Cuttery was on hand that night. The Hair Cuttery, 4029 W. Mercury Blvd, Hampton, VA 757-826-7829 gives back to the community by providing haircuts to guests at A Night’s Welcome Emergency Winter Shelter. Thanks to Phyllis McKnight and stylists for volunteering their time and talents.
St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hampton made a Food Pantry Donation! In February 2012, St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church provided a Food Pantry Donation. H.E.L.P. thanks them for their support.
Michael McKenna served 22 years as a Musician in the United States Army. During his career, he served as a feature soloist in every band he has been assigned and has been featured as a soloist on four separate musical tours. Michael McKenna has performed for three US Presidents and countless foreign dignitaries in 12 different countries. In 2003, while performing with the United States Army Europe Band, he was selected to perform as featured soloist in a performance for the Prime Minister of The Czech Republic. In 2005, he was assigned to the United States Continental Army Band at Fort Monroe, VA where he remained until he retired from the US Army in August of 2008. Since his retirement from the Army, Michael has been singing with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus where he is currently in his fourth season. Elizabeth Higginbotham studied piano at Virginia Tech from 2000-2004 from Mary Louise Hallauer. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Choral Music Education and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has accompanied vocalists, instrumentalists and ensembles since she was in high school. She currently is the accompanist for Northampton Presbyterian Church. She is employed at Grafton Middle School in Yorktown Virginia where she teaches Chorus and Musical Stage Productions. She also serves as the Student Activities Director at Grafton Middle School. Beth is grateful for God’s sovereignty and credits all of her accomplishments to her Savior Jesus Christ.
Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011, 7:00 pmThanksgiving-Week Benefit Concert for H.E.L.P. Northampton Presbyterian Church1217 Todds LaneHampton, VA 23666
Since the Department of Defense announced the base closure of Fort Monroe , “The Freedom Fort”, there has been a flurry of decision making on what will actually happen to this beloved Hampton icon.
Long before the official announcement of the closure, the City of Hampton began hosting a series of Town Hall meetings to give citizens a voice to offer ideas on how best to use the land and beautiful waterfront. A national park, luxury condominiums, a golf course, were just a few of the many recommendations that surfaced.
As a homeless service provider, our thoughts at H.E.L.P. included a shelter. With what appeared to be an exhaustive supply of buildings and homes we could provide hundreds of beds to our communities homeless. We attended many public meetings and were eventually invited to a very special meeting of our own. This meeting was a result of the McKinney-Vento Act. The McKinney-Vento Act has created valuable programs that have saved lives and helped hundreds of thousands of Americans to regain stability. The Act, created a process that allowed human service providers such as H.E.L.P. to make application, to Local Redevelopment Agencies, to use property at closed bases to assist the homeless population .
What did this mean for H.E.L.P., other local agencies and those homeless we served? It meant that under the Act, the municipality in which the base was located, there was a requirement to review the homeless population and assess needs in that vicinity. The City of Hampton hosted a meeting with the Greater Virginia Peninsula Continuum of Care. The Continuum of Care is a group of human services agencies on the Peninsula that organize and maintain a current and viable process to address quality of life issues and it also facilitates receiving just over $2 Million in direct service dollars on the Peninsula for those in need. The City looked to this recognized forum as the authority on homelessness in Hampton and invited proposals to help meet the needs of the homeless in the community.
H.E.L.P. began serving those in need in 1982 and in our 29 years of service, the City of Hampton has been a faithful supporter and has recognized H.E.L.P. as the leading authority on the needs of the homeless. H.E.L.P. began meeting with the City and presented a proposal to utilize buildings on Ft. Monroe to shelter the homeless and provide day shelter support including life skills, job training, health and wellness, mental health counseling and educational services. The proposal was accepted by the Ft. Monroe FADA for homeless support services under the homeless accommodation redevelopment plan; however, negotiations were made to receive funding for support of a shelter and day center off site. These negotiations were completed in 2008 and H.E.L.P. now stands ready with plans to move forward with additional services when funding is realized.
H.E.L.P. has provided food, clothing, shelter, and healthcare to thousands in our community during our 29 years of service. With the base closure of Ft. Monroe , we will continue to serve those in need through the help of the McKinney-Vento Act, the Fort Monroe Authority and the forward thinking of the City of Hampton.
Many sought refuge within the mighty walls of The Freedom Fort; it has hosted courageous slaves seeking sanctuary, Presidents, brave solders and frightened women and children. It was a place of safety and hope. Today, the legacy lives on with the mighty fortress still providing refuge. Though the shelter will not be within the confines of the base, the safety and hope remains the same for those homeless and in need…thus, benefiting from the conveyance proceeds of Fort Monroe through H.E.L.P.
Second Baptist Church, Hampton holds Men’s Prayer Breakfast and raised money for H.E.L.P. Capital Campaign.
At the First Men’s Prayer Breakfast at Second Baptist Church (Hampton), Pastor McDonald made a presentation of three (3) filled cans of donated funds from Church Members and folks at the Prayer Breakfast for the Capital Campaign for H.E.L.P.’s Family Shelter. Second Baptist Church (Hampton) is the first (1st) church to make a donation to the Capital Campaign. “Since its inception, H.E.L.P. Inc has been blessed with a growing number of member congregations and volunteers committed to the mission of serving those who are in need. The varying economic and social conditions, over the years, have not been kind to the family unit, thus this population has increased significantly as a unique homeless entity. Their needs are more complex and the makeup of that family unit has been shaped by various societal conditions. SERVICE, HOPE and a GROWING SENSE OF SERVICE in our community is the first step in implementing our forward plan to insure families that have a need for shelter and services, are able to access these basic foundational building blocks while they endeavour to return to self-sufficiency. It is our HOPE that the success of this CAPITAL CAMPAIGN will allow HELP, Inc. to revitalize existing shelter or purchase additional housing units.
Kathleen Everett of Fredericksburg, VA donated her car to H.E.L.P.
Kathleen’s finance lives in Hampton and they regularly attend Hampton Baptist Church.
Thank you Kathleen for this wonderful gift.