This Christmas season it is clearly evident that Callaway cares for the homeless.
Our House: Caring for Callaway’s Homeless, the county’s only provider of shelter for homeless families and individuals, is the grateful recipient of the community’s generosity. Local people and organizations are really stepping up to assist the organization’s efforts to house and serve the homeless.
On Sunday, December 14, nearly 150 people attended Our House’s Third Annual Holiday Dinner and Silent Auction. Held at Beks in Fulton and accompanied by live music featuring mountain dulcimers the event raised over $8500 for Our House. The event’s success is due to the generosity of Beks’ owners, Gary and Rebekah Vaught, and their staff, the countless businesses and individuals who donated items for the silent auction, and the great folks who attended the event.
On Friday, Executive Director Brad Sheppard met an exuberant group of fifth graders who lead a collection drive for Our House at McIntire Elementary School. The students collected two truckloads of clothes, toys, books, food and household items for the Haven House. Their teacher, Kristin Clark, expressed the joy the students felt in gathering the gifts for their neighbors in need.
Additionally, both the National Honor Society from Fulton High School and a local girl scout troop made donations to the shelters Friday. The girls scouts even spent time at the Haven House playing card games with one of the shelter’s children.
“What a wonderful experience to see the community consciously making an effort to serve our most vulnerable members,” said Brad Sheppard, Executive Director. “These outpourings of generosity show that the homeless in Callaway County are not forgotten,” he continued, “and we here at Our House will not forget the community’s kindness this Christmas season.”