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Scott, representative of New Pointe Church delivered several bicycles and children’s helmets. Spring has sprung and many guests from the Friends of the Homeless are withouttransportation... a prayer has been answered! We are most grateful to New Pointe for their continued support and attention to the needs of our guests. Holly Waldenmyer and two guests were on hand to help Scott and accept thebicycles on behalf of the Shelter.
Thank you, thank you!
The exterior stairway is vitally important to the Shelter, as all guests, staff and friends utilize this specific method of entry. Two of the metal stairs and the right hand railing had deteriorated to the degree that it had become a safety issue. I mentioned this to my friend, Bruce Owens. Promptly he responded to the danger the stairway’s condition presented. Dover Tank and Plate, Bruce Owens and Jason responded with materials and labor contributed to complete this mission. They did a fine job! Thank you so much to Dover Tank and Plate, Bruce and Jason. You are truly friends to the Homeless!!
Two dog and cat retreats provided by the creative efforts of Buckeye Vocational School students, auctioned on Sunday March 10th by Ryan Wallick. The profits were split equally between the two charities represented at the Show, Friends of the Homeless and Stockpile.
A huge thank you goes out to Stark State Occupational students, Vanessa Oliver and Lisa Harmon, who organized event hosted at the Presbyterian ChurchThe luncheon and activities provided in excess of $3,000 designated for operating funds for Friends of the Homeless.
This time of year, especially this week with the frigid temperatures we are expecting, is not a good time to contemplate being homeless, but at the current time all our beds are full with folks who for one reason or another do not have a home of their own. We expect that before the week is over, law enforcement people will be bringing in more folks that are out on the street in sub-freezing weather. We will take them in even if we have no place for them but the floor. This is the spirit of the Tuscarawas County community, but we can only continue this safety net if the individuals within the community continue to support us, financially.
Check our financial statement from the year 2018. It shows how much it costs to maintain this service. Some generous folks came through for us last week, and made it possible for us to pay our staff, but we still have over $15,000 in bills that are due to be paid, and another payroll on February 8. So we need further support quickly.
Our board of directors is making plans to more adequately finance our efforts so that we can avoid situations like we have now, but this will take time, more time than we have to avoid this crisis, so, for now, we have to depend on those of you who recognize the importance of what we do.
The FOTH Autumn Odyssey took place on Saturday, November 10th at the KSU PAC.
Jim Johns exudes a healthy glow and an air of self confidence, as he meets your gaze directly with startlingly intense blue eyes. It is difficult to visualize the addict he describes, that person who entered the Pathway to Wellness program December of 2014.
I struggle to envision the torment drugs wreaked upon this individual, and applaud the courage he mustered to overcome his addiction. He fought a valiant fight, but credits his faith and belief that God would help him endure and provide the strength to combat the compulsion, defeat the ever-present peer pressure, and ultimately assist, to win the first battle. Life, and the business of, never cease to offer obstacles along it's path, but Jim has the necessary tools in reserve to achieve success. He has learned to negate any stirring temptation which could result in a return to drug usage.
Pathway to Wellness Recovery Center is a project of FOTH that is a Level III Certified Associate Member of Ohio Recovery Housing, an affiliate of the National Association of Recovery Residences. The long-term 5 bed sober living house for men opened in 2013. In 2016, the Recovery Center was selected as Small Business of the Year by the Region 8 Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.