Your alarm goes off and you hit snooze. Four times. You finally roll out of bed and you don't have time for breakfast, so you decide just to stop at the coffee shop and get a sandwich and a cup of joe. You pull into the parking lot and the line is out the door, there goes that plan. Now you're stuck with an empty stomach until lunch, queasy, irritable and probably not at the top of your game.
Now imagine feeling this way for days. That's the way some of the guests of our shelter have felt, which is why we have the HALO Cafe. Instead of having an empty stomach, a child will wake up and walk through our double doors to find cereal, toast, juice, and a smiling volunteer to send them off to school. A man on his way to work can get a bagel, a cup of coffee, and someone to pray over him. A mother gets to rest easy knowing that we will have dinner ready and waiting for her little ones to come home to
What Can You do to Help?
Donate enough to feed a woman and her child: $4.20. Feed a family of four: $8.40. Pay for one night's dinner for the up to 250 guests we have walk through our doors: $525. If you had coffee from home instead of fancy coffee four times a week, you could save $11.80; that feeds a man, woman, and 2 children.
If you can't donate your money, donate your goods. We go through 4 boxes of cereal every morning. We serve tea or juice with dinner, which might be spaghetti or meat loaf.
If you can't donate your goods, donate your time. We have people praying, prepping, serving every day: Christmas Morning, New Years, Halloween, Sunday through Saturday. We are open 365 days a year, 24/7.
If you are not able to do any of the above, will you please pray for us. Pray for our donors, our guests, our volunteers, our staff. Pray that we can continue to provide hope, healing, and peace of mind to those who have reached the end of their ropes.
10"What should we do then?" the crowd asked.
11John answered, "Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one that has none, and anyone who has food should do the same."