Hesed House – Lincolnton, North Carolina

I was recently sent an e-mail that touched me and I am now sitting here considering participating. This year I have seen many families that were potentially going to lose their home and shown many foreclosures. Where can you go locally when you need help? I considered this often. I had never heard of this effort, so I wanted to share this with all of you. I imagine it requires a lot of volunteers to make it work. I want to go tonight! Want to go with me?

Here is some information that I found about Hesed House online. Their website is http://www.hesed-lincoln.org.

“Lincoln County Facts on Homelessness:

■In the 2007/2008 school year, 59 children in Lincoln County were classified as homeless
■Homelessness in Lincoln County has at least doubled from 2006 to 2008
■Make-shift shelters in the woods are increasingly found by police

On January 1, 2008, the Lincoln County community came together in a remarkable way to open the county’s first roving shelter for individuals with no home to protect them from cold weather. Over 100 area churches, community organizations and individuals gave their time, money and food to house a total of 29 individuals, the youngest of whom was six years old.

Our organization, still in its infancy today, has the vision to become a strong, viable charity that reflects the great spirit of hope and generosity that binds our community. Our goal is to give shelter to those in need, lifting individuals up out of poverty and into self-sustained, healthy living whenever possible. Raising the funds and volunteer support to build a permanent shelter is the first major step.

Fundraising progress for construction of the new permanent shelter. So far, $110,000 has been raised! We need your help to make it possible to break ground in 2009!

An intake process helps to make sure our shelter is a safe place for people of all ages. Shelter guests must be alcohol and drug free. Community wellness programs support individuals in turning their lives in a positive direction so that they may eventually become independent.

Hesed House of Hope is currently run entirely by volunteers. To organize, provide intake, feed, shelter and supervise guests for one week, an average of 77 volunteers are required. Volunteer support is the beating heart inside our efforts to shelter those with no home.”

This all started with an e-mail I recieved throught the Licoln County Board of Realtors…
“As volunteer coordinator for Hesed House, I’m asking for volunteers. We’re starting up as of January 8th and plan to go until March 31. We need help in two main catagories:

— Intake, which is where we screen clients for drugs, alcohol, and criminal records. Everybody has to be clean and sober to be in our shelter. Intake training will occur January 4 and 5 at the Citizens Center at 7 p.m. Attending either night is sufficient.

–Staying overnight at the shelter. The Fire Department has asked us to let them give us training in fire safety and CPR January 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. at the downtown Fire Station, downstairs in their training room. Again, only one night is necessary.

Our schedule is for intake to go from 5:30 – 6:15 each night, 7 days a week. The clients are then taken to the place where they are to sleep. They are fed a hot meal, watch a little TV, then go to sleep. They awake at around 6 a.m., eat breakfast, then are transported from the facility before 7 a.m.

Our center could never operate without volunteers. They make everything work for the homeless, so I hope you will sent folks an e-mail asking them for help. We’ve had our difficulties getting started this year, but this bad weather really underscores the need.”

Please note that you must act quickly to be a volunteer. Good work Hesed House!

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About Michelle Nantz

There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent real estate professional: integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills, and a high-quality professional network ~ all of which are hallmarks of Michelle Nantz. In 2003, Michelle began her career in real estate, after a successful career in restaurant and hotel management with her last position as Regional Director of Operations running 56 hotels throughout two states. She owes her success in real estate and management to her expertise in people skills, managing, negotiating, and follow-up. However, it is Michelle’s dedication to quality service that she ultimately credits her success. Michelle shared, “In my experience as a Lake Norman real estate professional, I’ve found that providing the very best service is essentially about putting my clients first. This means keeping myself accessible, being a good listener as well as a good communicator, and responding quickly to their needs.” This “client first” philosophy combined with continual personal improvement and keeping up-to-date with the latest technologies is a cornerstone of both Michelle’s and Lake Norman Realty’s business philosophy. In addition to Michelle’s extensive real estate education and her experience in the local market, she is also an Accredited Staging Professional®, which brings additional value to marketing her clients’ homes. Michelle and her family have made the Lake Norman area their home for over 10 years. In her rare leisure moments, you’ll find Michelle with her three children and husband, or unwinding with gardening or reading. “I live and work in this community and only have the best interests of our community and its members in mind,” says Michelle. Her community activities include participation in Denver Days, Relay for Life and support for Christian Ministries and area schools.
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3 Responses to Hesed House – Lincolnton, North Carolina

  1. Donald E. Lee, Sr. says:

    I know a young handicapped woman with 2 small children who had been living in a battered womens and childrens shelter up until late summer, when it became time for them to leave and move out on their own…..
    She gets no support from her soon to be ex-husband, (No divorce=no food stamps, no medicaid/other forms of public asst.) and tries desperately to make ends meet on her Social Security DisabilityInc., while trying to find an employer who will accept her despite her disability.
    She doesn’t know how she will be able to give her children a Christmas, and is beside herself with worry. I have helped her as much as I possibly can with as low a rent as possible, etc., but it is sad to see.
    Do you have any helpful information I could pass on to her, as to where she could possibly get help for gifts for her children, please?

    • If she lives in Lincoln County, send her to East Lincoln Christian Ministries. They are located at 4278 Catawba Burris Road Denver, NC 28037
      (704) 483-4415. They offer help with utilities, christmas presents, food etc. She just needs to show them any income she may have and a social security card for herself and each of her children.

      If she attends a local church, she needs to go talk to them about her situation. I know there are many local churches that are very happy to give. Denver Baptist Church is one of them. They are located on Hwy 16 in Denver. The phone number to there office is 704.483.3030.

      If she is local, around Lake Norman, NC, please e-mail me at Michelle@lknagent.com. I feel sure we can find a way to help her. I work for a very giving real estate company, Lake Norman Realty, Inc. We raised over 300 toys for TOYS FOR TOTS. We can help. Please provide me with more information.

      Thank you for sharing this with me and I hope to hear from you. MN

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