First Posted: 1/26/2009
As the economy struggles, the Shepherds Housea 24-hour emergency shelter for the homeless has seen the needs of the community increase drastically.
More and more people are calling its crisis line for help, and ending up homeless.
And while the need to help growing numbers of people increases, the funds to operate the shelter arent part of that inflation.
Serving a total of 683 guests, offering 1,310 hours of counseling, handling 2,341 hours of casework and serving 55,296 meals, among other duties, cost the shelter $144,000 in 2008. That cost consist of building expenses, personnel expenses, operating expenses and administrative expenses.
The overwhelming cost to provide people a place to live while they get back on their feet is what drives the operators of the Shepherds House to host their annual fundraiser to raise money to support the efforts and operations of the family shelter.
The benefit will take place Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Cross Creek Country Club, and the cost for dinner is $25. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle for a blue convertible 1966 Ford Mustang with a V-8 engine and automatic transmission or $20,000 cash. The winner will have a choice between picking the vintage car or the cash prize. Tickets to enter the raffle are $100, and does not include dinner. The $25 dinner tickets are sold separately.
The entertainment will include the Blend Variety Dance Band.
This is our only fundraiser we have during the year, which supplies two-thirds of what we use, said Berta-Glenn Springthorpe, the vice chair of the board of directors for the Shepherds House. We try to keep it down to a yearly fundraiser because we are blessed with churches and individuals who have contributed to (the shelter). Last year was very successful, we raised between $50,000 to $60,000, and I am hoping it will perk up this year and people will donate more. We need all the support we can get.
According to a newsletter released at the end of 2008, the Shepherds House has been funded at least 70 percent by the local community that includes churches, businesses and individuals since it opened its doors in April 2003.
The 24-hour Christian emergency shelter is a ministry that provides guests with counseling, referrals, and advocacy, so that they may receive housing counseling, employment counseling, medical and psychological counseling, substance abuse counseling, assistance in obtaining other state, local or federal assistance, transportation and parent and family counseling.
Springthorpe said it is evident that the tough economy doesnt discriminate who it affects as she has seen the demographic of the guests at Shepherd House recently change, which is why she said its important for people to support its efforts.
Because we are helping other people who cant help themselves at the time we all need all the support we can get, she said. Its a full house with the way the economy is, and I see people who wouldnt normally be there. Its a different group of peoplefamiliesand is has something to do with the economy. Its people who had jobs, but lost them.
The Shepherds House has relied heavily on volunteers and donated house supplies for many years and its that large support of the community that has kept the shelter thriving, Springthorpe said. The community has really been good to us, she said.
Only 1,000 raffle tickets for the blue convertible 1966 Ford Mustang and the $20,000 cash prize will be sold, along with only 300 dinner tickets. To order tickets make checks payable to The Shepherds House, and mail to Surrey Bank c/o John Canosa P.O. Box 1722 Mount Airy, N.C. 27030.
For more information call John Canosa at 783-3917 or Karen Springthorpe at 789-0795.
Contact Erin C. Perkins at [email protected] or 719-1952.