Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Letters to the Editor

April 10, 2014

H.O.P.E event offers chance to help locals in need

JACKSONVILLE — A social worker once said to me “it is not easy to be poor in a small town.” Her reasoning varied but attributed it to a lack of public transportation, accessible healthcare, and employment opportunities. Other reasons were unavailable social service resources, employment training and higher education opportunities.

Our small town did acknowledge that the poor are with us and through the efforts of the Jacksonville Ministerial Alliance in 1991 organized HOPE (Helping Others Pursue Enrichment)to provide emergency assistance to those in need and to give them the tools and resources that promote self-worth and self-

sufficiency.

The “one stop” shop for social services provides: case management; referrals; help with pharmaceuticals; transportation to medical appointments; brown bag food delivery to elderly and shut ins; HOPE community kitchen for the hungry; emergency food assistance; Back Pack program providing nutritional meals to school age children for the weekend; life skills training and much more.

This Saturday, HOPE will be hosting its biannual fundraiser “A Renaissance Evening” at the Castle on the Lake. Tickets can be purchased at HOPE or at the event and are $50 per person. There will be a silent auction; live auction; surprise gift boxes to purchase; a photo booth; dinner and dancing. All proceeds from the event provide funds for HOPE. Doors open at

6 p.m. This fundraiser provides approximately three months of income for HOPE for one year. It is also due to the generous donations and sponsorships for the event that all of the funds raised go directly to HOPE.

In Deuteronomy 15:11 it is said “There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.”

We are not just called to do it we are commanded to! We are fortunate that HOPE provides an opportunity for us to open our hearts and hands to those less fortunate. If you cannot attend the event you can make a donation to HOPE at 595 S. Ragsdale or call to see how you can help at 903-586-7781.

Cheryl Adamson

Board Member

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