Excitement is in the air the day following Our House: Caring for Callaway’s Homeless Holiday Dinner Fundraiser at Beks Restaurant in Fulton, MO. Far exceeding expectations the event raised $10,000 for the organization’s operation of two homeless shelters. The local community came out strong for the event nearly filling the restaurant at both seating times. Rev. Jim Cruickshank, President of the Our House Board of Directors, described the event as astounding. He went on to say “The success of the night can be attributed to a team effort by all—the Beks’ owners and staff, the Silent Auction organizers and the Our House volunteers. In the end it was a win for the folks at the two shelters; yes, even a win for the community.”
“We really desire to be a community based, community supported organization,” says Our House Executive Director, Rev. Brad Sheppard. “The fundraiser showed Callaway County’s willingness to get behind the effort to provide shelter for the homeless among us. People are beginning to realize they we can all do this together as a community.”
The money raised will support the organization’s operational budget for the rest of 2012 and well into the new year. It will pay for such things as utilities and supplies for the two shelters and assistance to guests for identification documents, food , diapers, gas, etc. Currently, the Haven House, the shelter for families is full, and the Wiley House, the shelter for individuals, is housing six to ten people a night.
The organization is amazed by the generosity of Beks’ owners Garry and Rebekah Vaught, the restaurant’s staff and the Callaway County community. Homelessness is an invisible issue yet for one night a bright light was shone on it. A light of hope that the community’s homeless will always find a home at Our House.
Our House is still accepting donations through the end of the year in support of its mission. Contributions can be sent to 829 Jefferson Street, Fulton, MO, 65251.