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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