A little overdue update about the stateside portion of the children’s home.
All the board members have had Covid. Our Treasurer passed away from it on January 2, 2021, Dr. Horace D. Smith, local long-time pastor and substitute teacher in the local school system will be sorely missed by many people due to his work in the community.
I have had severe complications since April 14, 2020, and have been unable to work and had hospitalizations relating to the complications. Between doctors, rehab, and treatment, I am at the doctor’s or hospital almost every day. I offer that as the reason why I have not gotten newsletters out very timely. The others have mostly recovered.
It has really cut down on the opportunities for speaking in front of other groups, so consequently support is greatly reduced at a time when our expenses have risen. Why risen? Due to the lockdown, we have been providing a hot meal a day and a small bedtime snack to 10 elderly people who are not able to have other sources of food. We also have a couple more children that we are helping, bringing the total to 39.
I will say that those who are regular monthly donors, sponsoring a child or just general donations, you have been a wonderful source of support during this time. Our monthly budget is just under $3,000 a month and when emergencies like illness occur, it can be easily over that. There are no paid positions, everyone is a volunteer.
If you would consider becoming a child sponsor, your contribution is very much appreciated. You can go to the website, www.hopehomeandschool.org and there is a donation tab on the front page.