This blog began with the fiftieth anniversary of the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the express purpose of telling the stories of ordinary men and women doing extraordinary things without regard for recognition or reward. It has evolved into lessons about governance and citizenship as well as stories about courage, compassion, and sacrifice. In May 2014, this blog begins to feature those who have little but persevere.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The Helping Hands Homeless Shelter, Camdenton, MO
Growing from an idea in the basement of a local pastor’s home, to the Graceland New Testament Church basement, and into an old resort on the West edge of Camdenton, the Helping Hands Homeless Shelter, Inc. led by a Board of Directors, Ron Estep and his wife, Kathy Estep, Shelter Administrator Lisa Masoner, and Assistant Manager, Patricia Wieter, has created opportunity for thousands over the years. The day I toured the facility, I met several men and women struggling with the same problems we all face in our day-to-day lives. Anyone is capable of falling into unrelenting hardship, and anyone is capable of making a bad choice and suffering great consequence, but everyone is capable of correcting that mistake and climbing back on top with a helping hand.