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December 22, 2014

I visited HomewardBound for the first time this past November. It's an inspiring place, clean, safe and decorated to feel modern and give guests a dignified place to rest. To accommodate the high demand for shelter in the community, plans have also been formulated to build "A Pathway Home" Permanent Supportive Housing and a new Family Shelter Center to open in first quarter of 2016. Last year, they provided 49,437 shelter nights and 109,809 meals to families and single adults. 11% of the people they serve are Veterans. Last year they served 67 families (182 people). More than 1,300 volunteers assist HomewardBound every year. I'm proud to be a donor and supporter of HomewardBound.
November 28, 2011
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November 28, 2011
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While primarily a donor, I have also volunteered to help clean and organize the kids' area. I am a local coupon queen and take every opportunity to shop for the shelter. They need EVERYTHING. One staff member told me that there were no funds to provide for even the basics like soap and shampoo, and that without the help of donors, their clients would go without. The people that stay at these shelters are just like you and me; most of us are one paycheck away from being where they are. So I encourage everyone to help in whatever way they can, whether that's a bag of groceries, donating like new games and toys your kids no longer play with, helping with meals...even the smallest effort can help greatly and leave you knowing you're doing something that's so very appreciated. Ask the staff for a list of what's needed most. Adopt a child or family for Christmas. Remember, an act of kindness is the gift that keeps on giving!

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I appreciate that the staff take the time to make the environment nice for the residents, so that it feels more like "home," which, for so many, it is.

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My biggest peeve is that whenever I call, I get routed to voice mail, no matter the day or time. This is a service organization. They need to have someone manning the phones at all times. Also, it would be nice if donations could be accepted on weekends, which is when most people have free time to come by.

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I just recognize the need.

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I generally donate on a regular basis.

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That it's doing a lot of good in the community.

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2011

November 28, 2011
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November 28, 2011
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I have a crew that cooks on a pretty regular basis at the Shelter. About half are kids to teens. They are always amazed how nice they are treated. Last night one of our 13 year olds had to leave the room several times in tears becaused she was so greatful to serve such gracious people. I love to cook so this is a great gift back to me. Greg Merschel

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