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Hundreds of guests received a hot meal at the event. Hundreds of guests received a hot meal at the event.

Being homeless in a home

Since 2010, Community Partnership of the Ozarks has hosted an annual event to serve the homeless population in Springfield, Missouri. This year was no different.

Hundreds of volunteers came together last week to serve more than 600 guests. While those in need received groceries, haircuts, job services, health services and more, the item in highest demand was simple — socks. In the winter weather, many of those in attendance rely on items like socks to survive bitterly cold nights.

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Kyle, 53, spoke with us about his struggles. He’s experienced some injuries and deaths in his family that have required a lot from him financially, worsening his situation. He is unemployed, but gets by doing odd jobs and yard work. Kyle has not had proper plumbing in his house for two years.

“It’s like being homeless in a home,” Kyle says. “I have a home, but I’m trying not to lose it.”

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A sewer line collapsed and he does not have the resources he needs to get everything fixed. Kyle says that while it’s hard not having water, he has to choose what he spends his money on.

“I make enough to eat,” he says.

Kyle adds that events like The Hope Connection are important because sometimes people just need a little bit of help to get them through.

We also met Shawna, 42, and her 7-year-old daughter, Sadie. When asked what her favorite part of the day was, Sadie smiles from ear-to-ear and says, “I got to play.”

Convoy of Hope is proud to attend this event each year and offer items like groceries, hygiene kits, socks, batteries and blankets.

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More than 1,000 bags of groceries were distributed and guests were connected with organizations that can help them beyond today — giving them hope for tomorrow.

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Community Outreach / Field Story / Program Updates

Veterans Day: Honoring those who have served

Later this month, Convoy of Hope will launch a Veterans Services tent at our Community Event in Las Vegas. This project is near to my heart, as my father died when I was just two years old while serving in the Vietnam War.

Convoy of Hope has recruited the assistance of local organizations and agencies to partner with us to offer support and resources to veterans at these events. We also encourage volunteers at the event to keep the momentum going in their city past the event by honoring veterans regularly.

We encourage you to look at the list below and see how you can honor those who have served and risked their lives for our freedom.

  • Say “thank you.”  It’s such a small, simple gesture but can mean a lot.
  • Place flowers or flags on the graves of veterans.
  • Volunteer at a VA Hospital or at your local veteran organizations.
  • Send a care package.
  • When you see a soldier boarding your fully booked flight, offer them your window or aisle seat.
  • If you are a manager or work in HR, hire a veteran.
  • Send a “thank you” note to someone you know has and/or is serving in the armed forces.
  • Attend a Veteran’s Day parade.
  • Ask students to create “thank you” posters and put them up around town for veterans to see.
  • Help modify homes for wounded veterans that need ramps, handrails, etc.

We are excited to offer the Veterans Services area at each event we do in the future.  We will continue to do whatever we can for veterans and their families who have done so much for us.

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Community Outreach / Inspiration / Program Updates

National Breast Cancer Foundation: Helping Women Now

National Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is Helping Women Now®, and it is a true honor to partner with Convoy of Hope to achieve that mission. Just as Convoy started from a foundation of gratitude among the Donaldson family, NBCF was founded because our CEO, Janelle Hail, was thankful for the role early detection played in her breast cancer survival and wanted other women to have access to the same resources. Today, we serve women in all 50 states.

Through Convoy of Hope events, we equip guests with our best tool — an Early Detection Plan — to be proactive about their own breast health. We know moms are so busy taking care of their kids that they don’t always take care of themselves. Never is this truer than among single moms — who represent a large share of Convoy’s guests. We try to create a safe space where a guest can put herself first, even if only for a few moments. At each event, we meet women who tell us they didn’t know where to turn for this support, which reminds us we are making a difference.

None of the things “we” achieve at these events would be possible without the generous volunteers, especially the Team Leaders, who give so tirelessly — even in cold/hot/rainy weather — to be our “boots on the ground” delivery partners. One of those volunteers, Ingrid Nash, even took her passion for promoting early detection all the way to Africa!

We are so grateful for our partnership with Convoy of Hope. It began in 2012 with eight events, serving 5,158 women, and together in 2015, we’re reaching 13,500 women at fourteen events. Giving hope is as much a blessing for those who give as it is for those who receive. Thank you for joining us in #HelpingWomenNow!

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Community Outreach / Partner Spotlight / Program Updates
Thirty-five Walgreens team members attended the event in Denver to administer flu shots. (PHOTO: Rhett Noonan) Thirty-five Walgreens team members attended the event in Denver to administer flu shots. (PHOTO: Rhett Noonan)

Partner Spotlight: Walgreens Offers Health and Hope in Denver

Among the tents that line La Alma — Lincoln Park in Denver on a cloudy Saturday morning, one area stands out in particular. Four red Walgreens tents differentiate themselves from the big white-top tents surrounding them — and the dozens of white coats inside are hard to miss.

Walgreens has partnered with Convoy of Hope at our Community Events dozens of times since 2014, but this is the biggest presence they’ve had to date. Thirty-five Walgreens team members are present and ready to give out hundreds of flu shots to guests of honor.

Walgreens team members administered flu shots to guests of honor at the event.

Walgreens team members administered flu shots to guests of honor at the event. (PHOTO: Rhett Noonan)

Local store manager, Shawn Horst, understands the importance of giving back. “Our store is so close,” he says. “We’ve been able to serve all types of people from the community — young families, elderly people and even a few homeless guests.”

Walgreens is well-known for their active involvement in the community, but loyal customers seem pleasantly surprised to see them at the event.

“I always shop at Walgreens,” says Rita Schuster, a guest at the event. “I came by today because I needed a flu shot. It’s great to see that Walgreens cares about the community.”

University students and full-time staff members are available to help guests with intake forms, administer flu shots and send guests on their way with a free tote bag.

“It’s yet another way Walgreens can help out our community,” says District Manager Stephanie Horton. “To be here and see what a difference we can make feels good.”

Hundreds of guests received flu shots at the event in Denver.

Hundreds of guests received flu shots at the event in Denver. (PHOTO: Rhett Noonan)

Since 2014, thousands of flu shots have been administered at no cost to the patient. Hope takes teamwork and we are proud to partner with our friends at Walgreens to promote health and offer hope to guests of honor in need.

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Community Outreach / Partner Spotlight