Thank you, Community members of Independence, Kansas; for having made the HSH Fundraiser last Friday a huge success! The dinner was organized by the First Christian Church on West Laurel, and Pastor Mark and his team – as well as all the volunteer helpers, cookers and servers – deserve special thanks for opening their doors and facility for this so important event. All tables were occupied and there was a harmony of conversation about the importance of the homeless ministry for the Independence area. Total amounts raised exceeded our target.
The fundraiser was primarily designed to raise funding for Henson House, which is now finished; – see after picture in heading. Through the gracious donations and volunteer work of Lee’s Cooling and Heating employees, the donation by Carol Henson of the flooring, Sisters of Mercy gift and last but certainly not least the “anonymous” contribution of labor and materials by a very devoted Christian man who really put a spark into the project and made it from our earlier upgrade plans into a show piece for the neighborhood.; and… inspiration for the residents. The last piece of missing equipment – washer and dryer – was supplied by Val DeFever’s mother’s memorial fund at the Presbyterian Church (Colette Stewart’s Deacon Memorial Fund).
Thank you all again for your generous contributions.
Henson house Is primarily designed for women and Children that have fallen on bad times. Similar to HSH’s Hope House it will accommodate and help women to get back on their feet and the beautiful setting of the house will be an inspiration for the residents and others. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony, hopefully before Thanksgiving. We will announce the date shortly.
Please stop by Henson house and have a look; it is located at 412 North 19th Street,
To understand the severity of homelessness in our great country one may search on the web for the latest statistics. From the Federal Point-in-Time count, it states that: “Almost 60,000 families with children are homeless on any given night in the United States, Nationally, that means 7.4 out of every 10,000 families are homeless. For Kansas 3.4 families with children per day become homeless.”
The following Questions and Answers from the website End Homelessness will help us understand the severity of the homelessness epidemic.
“Q: How many people are homeless?
A: On a given night in 2018, 553,742 people experienced homelessness in the U.S. Between October 1, 2016, and September 30, 2017, an estimated 950,497 people used an emergency shelter or transitional housing program.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Veterans Affairs consider a person to be homeless if they are sleeping outside, in a place not meant for human habitation such as a car or abandoned building, or in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program. Other federal agencies have different definitions for homelessness.
Q: Who experiences homelessness?
A: On a single night in 2018, an estimated:
- 180,413 people in families, including children, experienced homelessness.
- 372,417 single individuals experienced homelessness.
- 88,640 individuals had chronic patterns of homelessness.
- 37,878 veterans experienced homelessness.
Q: Why do people become homeless?
A: Reasons vary, but the main reason people become homeless is because they cannot find housing they can afford. Other factors can include a chronic health condition, domestic violence and systemic inequality. Read more about the causes of homelessness.”
Our statistics for HSH is quantified in the following spreadsheet:
We have been humbled by the honor we have had to serve the homeless in the Independence, Kansas area. We have also been in awe of the giving in: prayers, time and donations from our local small rural communities.
God Bless You,
The HSH Team
Matthew 25:40 New International Version (NIV)
“…Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”