Stories from the Basement

Stories from the Basement: July 2015

by Donna Clark RN, Director

Life at our office is never boring. We have been seeing as many as 40 different people every day we are open and the volunteers dance around each other like they are waltzing. We have many volunteers, each bringing a special talent that meets the needs that our clients bring through the doors of the office. There are those who visit camps and provide food, others work in the office bringing skills that keep things running smoothly and efficiently. Some prepare food to be given out while we are open and others collect food from grocery stores that has been pulled from the shelves that morning and bring it to the office. There are those who visit the clients in the hospital or nursing homes and others that are on call to notarize documents when needed. We have others who track donations and maintain our website and Facebook pages. We even have a therapy dog who brings smiles to everyone’s faces when she enters the room.

To say we are an eclectic group is no small statement. We are Methodists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Buddhists, Hindus, Catholics, members of the Church of the Brethren, members of Church Nazarene, and Agnostics. We are teachers, nurses, doctors, ministers, musicians, college professors, aviary specialists, business men and women, engineers, insurance agents, house keepers, administrative assistants and we all are committed to serving the marginalized in our community. Each volunteer brings one thing in common and that is love and respect for our fellow man.

The H.O.P.E., Inc. office is the perfect example of I Corinthians 12:12-26