Earlier this month, First United Methodist Church hosted a Community Dinner and featured a Todd Allen Herendeen Concert as a fundraiser to benefit The Journey Home and Doors of Hope co-sponsored by Bob Parks Realty and Pinnacle Financial Partners. Over 450 people were in attendance, which does not include servers, greeters, volunteers, and clients.
Over $25,000 was generated, which will be split evenly between the two organizations. We extend our gratitude to the behind-the-scenes heroes who helped to make this such a successful event. The Journey Home and Doors of Hope are very blessed to be beneficiaries of such magnanimous efforts from the person slicing the tomatoes to the MVP sponsors. Doors of Hope, New Vision Baptist Church, The Journey Home and First United Methodist Church volunteers rallied around food preparation. The meal was a classic southern spread of fried boneless chicken breast (donated by Tyson Foods), black-eyed peas (donated by the family member of a Doors of Hope client), homemade macaroni-n-cheese, fresh sliced tomatoes and cucumbers (grown in The Journey Home garden), and corn muffins. Desserts were lovingly made by members of several different local churches and tables were beautifully (and patriotically) decorated with centerpieces arranged by Jane Campbell’s Sunday School class. Flowers were donated by members of The Refuge. Guests were courteously served by the Riverdale Cheerleaders, and setup was done by Todd Miller’s Faith 40 group.
After the meal, we heard two very compelling testimonies from Journey Home clients, as well as powerful cardboard sign testimonies reflecting several Doors of Hope clients’ journeys from despair to victory.
Todd Allen Herendeen’s performance featuring Ronnie Knight & The Bradley Creek Choir was amazing. The music was a delightful blend of country, rock, gospel, and soul. Herendeen gave an all-out performance and homage to veterans and their service to the United States.
It is the intention of Doors of Hope to utilize the proceeds from this event to continue and expand its services that provide hope in the lives of so many clients who desperately need a hand UP, rather than a hand OUT.The content you include in each of your emails can help you build strong relationships with your subscribers.
Interview with a Mentor
How long have you been a Braveheart mentor?
* I have been a mentor for 1 year. I am still mentoring the first mentee that I was assigned. It has been an ongoing process. He is now released and we still are connecting and developing this relationship.
Why did you decide to become a mentor?
* With my interactions over the last 14 years via Bible study, I realized that there was a gap in the inmates following thru on commitments made while incarcerated. Braveheart mentorship program helps to bridge that gap with Encouragement and some level of potential accountability upon release.
Can you share any brief stories about transformative moments that you’ve observed with any of your mentees?
* My mentee had some additional challenges. He had his father and his fiancée to both pass away while he was incarcerated. This would be hard for anyone, but it became even more difficult for him. I was able to provide words of Encouragement and Comfort during this time. He expressed how important that was to him to have someone to share his emotions and feelings.
What do you feel you’ve gotten from the program? Have you been changed in any way?
* While corresponding via letters with my mentee, it challenges me to evaluate things in my own life. He had some questions that I had not considered, but were valid and when answered brought value to my life as well. This mentor program provides opportunity for each person to grow individually within a bonding relationship.
Anything else you’d like to share?
* 3 things that I believe Braveheart provides for the inmates 1. True Identity = Students learn in class that each person can make the right choices to fulfill their destiny and purpose. They cannot allow this current situation to define them. Their True Identity is much GREATER!! 2. Feeling Valued = It is important to know that someone respects you and believes in you. Words of Encouragement can add to this sense of self-worth. 3. Confidence= Mentors are in place to help connect them with the available resources to assist them to get back on their feet. Confidence can transform someone from a kitten to a Lion.
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100 Reasons for Hope Campaign
Thank you! It is the consistent monthly giving of our regular supporters that provides the cash flow of our organization that makes it possible for us to even qualify for grants.
Would you like to join us in making a huge difference in changing someone’s tomorrow morning? A pledge of $10 or $20 per month provides much-needed cash flow and enables us to make the dollar for dollar match required by the granting agencies. A pledge of $30 per month, $360 a year, can provide rent for that first crucial month after a person is released. Click here to donate on-line.