Bulverde area to raise support for new Hope Center

For most Comal County residents, the coming of fall means making plans with friends and family to celebrate the bounty and blessings in our lives. We will sift through grandma’s recipe cards for the most sumptuous turkey and dressing, the most savory casseroles, and the perfect pumpkin pie. We will eat, drink, and laugh until we are lulled into a state of glassy-eyed football gazing, interrupted only by the occasional joke about great uncle somebody falling asleep with his mouth open…again.

For others, the coming of the holiday season will be a stark reminder of what is not. According to the 2015 Census Bureau, 8.3 percent of Comal County residents live in poverty. Among those living in poverty, nearly 13 percent are children. 

But as the world saw in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, nothing compares to the spirit of hospitality flowing from deep within the heart of Texas. In a similar outpouring of Texan generosity, Comal County residents will gather from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on November 4 at the Spring Branch Hampton Inn & Suites for the Hands of Hope Benefit.

Proceeds will go toward The Hope Center Food Pantry and Outreach, located at 6260 US Hwy 281 North in Spring Branch (behind The Loft Coffee House). The center was founded in 2004 to facilitate dignity and self-sustainability for every individual by meeting the needs of community members through a food pantry, financial assistance, free store, and outreach referrals.

The Hope CenterThe Hope Center just opened a new facility, and welcomes anyone experiencing hardship including senior citizens on a fixed income, disabled persons, single-parent families, or residents navigating circumstances such as debilitating illness, job loss, or house fire.  Services range from offering financial assistance with things like rent, utilities, and phone bills, to helping put food on the table. 

The upcoming luncheon benefit on November 4 is key since the operation is funded by grants and donations only. Admission to the event is $30 per individual, and will include a choice of chicken or sausage with a vegetable, potato salad, dessert, and iced tea or water.

Sponsorship packages are also available for local families or businesses. The Grand Ambassador Sponsorship is $2,500 and includes a reserved-seating table for ten with the sponsor’s name clearly marked, a full page ad in the program, marketing material, a URL link on the Hope Center web site, and social media exposure. Gold sponsorships are $500 and include the sponsor’s name with a business card ad in the lunch program, four lunch tickets, a URL link on the Hope Center web site, and social media coverage. The silver sponsorship is $300 and includes two luncheon tickets, the sponsor’s name in the program, and social media exposure.

To purchase individual tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hands-of-hope-benefit-luncheon-tickets-37313517736. To learn more about sponsorship options, call The Hope Center at (830) 980-4673(HOPE) or log onto www.hopecenterministries.com.  Community members unable to join the luncheon have the option of making a donation in lieu of attendance. In addition to financial contributions, The Hope Center accepts non-perishable food, toiletries, dog and cat food.

Hope Center Manager Janette Johnson said she began working with the organization because she knows only too well that every one of us is one or two circumstances away from finding ourselves in crisis. 

“Most of us have either been through a difficult situation or known someone who has had to persevere through a difficulty.  First-hand experience often shows us that many people truly need and deserve help. Being a blessing to others actually brings a greater blessing to us,” she said.

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25 Sep 2017

By By Caroline Turney