H.E.L.P. had its “Start Up” meeting for A Night’s Welcome Emergency Winter shelter. Also there is a Online Volunteer Sign Up Form for “A Night’s Welcome”
H.E.L.P. participation in Street Church was cancelled due to standing water at the apartments and precipitation issues on Sunday.
H.E.L.P. held its 1st annual walkathon and it was very successful. See the Results
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.
You may remember last year’s H.E.L.P. (Hampton Roads Ecumenical Lodgings and Provisions) Variety Show that came to life in the nave of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Hampton. We had a great time and raised about $1,500 for H.E.L.P. This year on October 22, we will produce the second edition of our Variety Show. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free; however, a free-will offering will be taken for the sole purpose of benefiting H.E.L.P. FLYER
|Because H.E.L.P. is a city-wide service organization, we will seek participants from other supporting congregations for H.E.L.P. Please contact Director of Parish Music, Dr. Martin Sunderland to participate in this wonderful program, phone 851-2838. We will have only one rehearsal on Friday, October 21 beginning at 6:30 p.m|
Whatever talent you have, we will utilize: Solo Voice, Vocal Ensemble, Instrumental Solo or Ensemble, Classical, Pop, Folk, Traditional and Non-Traditional. Don’t miss this opportunity to have fun and develop community. While having fun we will be able to serve those in dire need in our Home Town, Hampton.
Already 21 ACTS LINE UP FOR 22 October 2011
Chip Lomax, again, will again lead us through the evening as master of ceremonies. Mike Riley will serve as our stage crew leader. We are looking for additional helpers for Mike and need a sound technician, and other helpers. If you need assistance in determining an act, call Dr. Sunderland or Laura Ann Madott. They will gladly lead you to your calling.
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.
Hampton Roads Ecumenical Lodgings and Provisions (H.E.L.P.) will be on Community Lane and also hosting a Food Tent on the lawn of Hampton Baptist Church (across from old Courthouse). We will have Chick-fil-a Sandwich combos as well as homemade chocolate chip cookies and hotdog combo meals. All proceeds support H.E.L.P. and the HBC Soup Kitchen. For more information, contact Charlotte Dillow at 757-408-4358.