A HOPEFUL Story
Once upon a time there was this little girl who was abandoned by her mom because of drugs. She was sent to live with a father that was a workaholic, alcoholic and beat his wife on a continuous basis. At the age of fourteen she was put out of her dysfunctional home and left to fend for herself. There were times that she sat on a park bench and watched the cars pass by and wondered why with a world so big no one loved or cared about her. She stayed homeless for four years and during that time she birthed three children into the world, one at fifteen, one at sixteen, and one at seventeen. She was searching for the hope and love that she longed for and craved…
Fast forward twenty-seven or so years and meet Katina Hickmon, me. I poured all the hope and love I craved into my children, I now have five. Got a college degree, work for the state and serve and provide hope for the homeless, our HOPEFULS. Together I and my adult girls started feeding forty homeless people a month on the street just letting them know they are loved, then seventy homeless, now we feed between three hundred to three hundred and fifteen homeless HOPEFULS a month. We also provide hygiene products, clothes/shoes, and housing/employment resources. We have even relocated some of our HOPEFULS to other states to get them off the street.
Why do we do this? Well because I know what it’s like to be alone in the world and to not have anyone to depend on. So we make sure that every life we touch receives what they need to become self-sufficient and more importantly, we restore HOPE. We lend our HOPEFULS the courage and faith to take another step. It is what I wanted as a homeless teen, so it’s what we give them.
I made it and we help them to realize that they can make it also. With each step it gets easier and easier.
Together we created HOPEFUL, Inc to better serve our HOPEFULS and assist them in getting back on their feet and staying there. We are all the family that some of them have. We have created partnerships that help us to serve but funding is limited. SO the organization that we give to is our own, HOPEFUL, Inc. We are now a non-profit organization that serves the homeless population.
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