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2016 Community Events season kicks off

2016 will be Convoy of Hope’s 22nd year of serving tens of thousands of Guests of Honor at Community Events where we provide groceries, shoes, haircuts, family portraits, health exams, career services and much more.

At 28 Community Events across the United States last year, 23,000 volunteers served more than 82,000 guests.

“We had no idea of all that we would receive here, the love that we would feel,” says Mary, an honored guest at our Beckley, West Virginia, event. “Today we found hope.”

Mary was one of several unemployed guests at the event. Many families who attend our events are considered America’s working poor — the underemployed. Such families don’t often receive social benefits because they’re not unemployed, but still don’t make enough money to provide everything their family needs.

Community Events are designed to help those who need a hand up to get by.

“[It’s] not just about giving out free stuff,” says David Moore, city alderman of Chicago, where 10,000 guests attended last year’s event. “This [event] was about giving people hope to press on another day, another month and another year.”

Steve Pulis, signature events director for Convoy of Hope, concurs.

“Many people want their neighborhoods to change for the better,” he says. “They want peace rather than violence and crime. We’re here to restore a sense of hope by helping out with a few of life’s necessities.”

Pulis says those necessities are sometimes enough to change the future for families struggling to make ends meet.

“It’s unbelievable how many guests tell us they couldn’t afford shoes for their kids,” he says. “Because of our supporters, we get to be a part of helping families make it through another week.”

Already, 17 events are scheduled for the 2016 season. For the complete schedule, visit

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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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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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