State: New York

From Being Served to Serving: One Family’s Transformation Started at a Convoy Event

When siblings Joshua and Liz Campos found a Community Event flyer on their front door, they knew their family had to attend. Their dad, Roberto, had been hospitalized for nine months, and it was a struggle for their mother, Martitza, to keep the family afloat. “When Liz gave me the flyer, it was like an answered prayer for a mother,” Maritza says.

The Convoy of Hope Community Event was far away for a family with no transportation, but they walked the four hours to be there. “I came in to the event, and every 5 or 6 meters was another person saying, ‘Welcome!’ or ‘God bless you!’” Roberto recalls.

Joshua felt the same. “Everyone was welcoming, they wanted to be friends. And then, out of nowhere, I was blessed with new sneakers that I could actually play in!”

That was six years ago. Every year since, the family has volunteered at that Community Event in their neighborhood. “Our feeling in our heart was we want to share what they gave us, because we want to make people feel what we felt when we first came here,” Maritza says. “We’re not the same people we were. Convoy of Hope was a lifesaver for us.”
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4,700 guests of honor were served in Long Island, N.Y. 4,700 guests of honor were served in Long Island, N.Y.

How 1,479 Long Islanders spent their weekend

The Long Island Convoy of Hope community outreach events took place in Elmont, Hempstead and Bellport, N.Y., this year where more than 4,700 guests of honor were served on the same day.

“Returning to these communities in Long Island is important to us,” says Jason Bachman, outreach director for Convoy of Hope. “We’ve been active in response and recovery since Superstorm Sandy made landfall in 2012 and these community events send the message that Long Islanders haven’t been forgotten.”

Bachman says the day of hope and community togetherness was only possible because of the help of more than 1,400 volunteers who spent their weekend to help their neighbors.

“We had a group of volunteers all the way from Missouri as well as cooperation from local pastors, community leaders and dedicated volunteers,” he adds. “This type of teamwork is what community transformation is made of.”

Long Island Stats at a glance:

Guests of Honor: 4,762
Participating churches and organizations: 238
Volunteers: 1,479
Portraits taken: 1,005
Gardens in a Bag: 2,100
Shoes distributed: 950

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