I want to start by thanking a few people that made today possible. Allison, Dustin and Mark over at Dot Food, Inc. because of your generous donation to Nehemiah House we were able to make the season bright for a few deserving people.
When we think about this time of year we think of giving and some people give without hesitation. We spent the afternoon serving a facility in Joliet IL, Salem Village Nursing & Rehab. The Activity Director, Shinese heart was opened to the idea and made it possible for us to come in and serve her residents, Thank you.
Nehemiah House could not do anything without the awesome, giving, kindhearted voluteers that give of themselves so freely, thank you all !
Juneteenth was spent with Hand Up Peoria Inc, celebrating on this historical day! It was a great day filled with music, food and fun. We teamed up with other organization for the celebration, passing out clothing, shoes and food. We are looking forward to our next trip to this friendly town.
Recently, we were contacted by The Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront Hotel Downtown, asking if we would like some items from the remodel that was taking place, well they didn't have to ask us twice. They made a donation of irons, hair dryers, garbage cans, ironing boards, towels, clock radios, ice buckets, kleenex holders and luggage racks. Nehemiah House was so grateful to receive the call and to be gifted with so many great household items that someone starting over could find useful. Once the call out was made we could hardly get the truck parked before some items were spoken for and picked up we had hundreds of each items.
Today Nehemiah House was out passing propane tanks getting ahead of this weekend cold weather that is coming our way. I like most of you reading this will be in our warm homes, eating hot food, reading, binge watching our favorite shows. Our homeless friends will be trying hard to stay warm.
I must admit I was rather disturbed today seeing all their belonging soaking wet and covered with snow. Its so hard to understand how a city as beautiful as Chicago can stand to see such ugliness daily. With so many empty building and closed school I just think they can do better. The City has given them an outside toilet and hand washing station, there was so much snow around them they could not get to them.
I must give credit to those that do what they can to help some do realize the poor we will have with us always not my words but God words. One man had all of us broken he had no shoes on his feet in all that snow, I asked him what size shoes he needed and when he said a 14.5, I knew right then and there I had to find a store and buy shoes. Although people donate shoes, I do not think I have ever gotten a size 14.5. When we gave him the shoes that man was so grateful. Thank you all for your help today until next time, do what you can.
As I look back over this year all I can say is Wow! It has been a challenging year, and we still have a full month to go and work to do.
I just wanted to say to all that has partnered with us on this year, I appreciate you all and could not have done nearly as much with out you.
In the middle of this pandemic you all still understood the need to serve.
To all that have given your time, donated items of need, and even given monetary donation to fill in the gap you are all so AWESOME! And, you have no idea what it has meant to me.
I am beyond grateful,
We will win! Nehemiah House will continue to fight for our Tent Community family of Homeless people.
Getting together last week with our team for the first time in weeks was such a joy. However, maintaining our "social distance" was awkward, different than the way we always greet one another with a warm embrace. We were just all so happy to see each other, anyway regardless of the circumstances.
We put together food, personal items for our friends living in the tent communities. We will continue to support our friends during this time, practicing social distance. Their need for essential items didn't go away with the shut down of Illinois with the Covid 19 virus.
Please don't forget we are all in this together! Do what you can to help someone during this time.
This has been an AWESOME year for Nehemiah House Corp!
Nehemiah House Corp and Spirit & Power Ministries served the communities of Joliet and Chicago, during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season we were able to give a complete Turkey and Ham dinner box to families in need!
Our group of volunteers were able to assist each member of the community with clothing, shoes, toiletries and witnessed to lost and offered prayer to the broken hearted. Thanks to the online contributions and the door -to- door pickup of donated items we were able to provide for every family in need!
This year Nehemiah House partnered with Toys for Tots! What a great partner they made with their help we were able to provide over 300 children with toys for Christmas!
Nehemiah House Corp appreciates those who have partnered with us to provide food and clothing to all in need. We welcome the participation and collaboration from all that are interested in helping build stronger communities.
Nehemiah House Volunteers you are AWESOME!
With much appreciation,
Lois H. Woods
On Saturday June 8, 2019, Nehemiah House Corp. was out serving the tent community of homeless people in the city of Chicago. Because of your donations, it was a huge success!
Our group of volunteers was able to assist each member of the community with clothing, shoes, toiletries and food. Thanks to the online contributions and the door-to-door pickup of donated items we were able to provide for every family in need!
Nehemiah House Corp. appreciates those who have partnered with us to make great a different in the community. We welcome the participation and collaboration from all that are interested in helping build stronger communities.
We like to acknowledge and give special thanks to:
· BNSF Railway
· Willow Spring Terminal employees and Contractors
· BMO Harris Bank
· Top 5%
· Hedrick Investment Corp
· Our Family and Friends
· Our Volunteers
Please see our website nehemiahhouse.info under Events for our next public outing.
With much appreciation,
Lois H. Woods