Blessings once again rained from Heaven throughout our 13th
season of ministry to the unserved homeless in our Huntington community through
the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative (HIHI). Each night of the week, from December 1 until
March 31st, generous, caring volunteers from more than 30 houses of worship,
and business, civic and educational organizations raised funds, drove vans,
prepared meals, made beds, purchased, transported or organized supplies, served
food, cleaned shelter sites, washed laundry, interacted with the guests, and
gave up sleep to provide a warm, safe, clean place to sleep, nourishing food,
toiletries, clothing, opportunities to shower, and the love of God to those in
need. Nearly 1,900 guests have been
served this season, with several more weeks to go, as I write this. What an
amazing outpouring of generosity!
had responsibility for five Saturday evenings/Sunday mornings this year. We are indebted to St. Patrick’s RC Church
and Our Lady Queen of Martyrs RC Church for providing us with four of our five
shelter sites and many wonderful volunteers on three of these weekends. The following is a list of “our own angels,”
many of whom participated on more than one occasion, some during all five
weekends! And some loyal folk have been
HIHI volunteers since the program’s beginning.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of you!
Avallone, Ken Bohler, Robert Cassidy, Lisa Coneys, Melanie Danielsen, Nick
DeCesare, Veronica Elia, Bill Glock, Gina Grubbs, Pastor Roy Grubbs, Amy Hall,
Eric Hall, John Hall, Laurie Hawkins, Robert Hawkins, Nancy Hebel, Linda
Heidenfelder, Curt Heidenfelder, Erik Heidenfelder, Gracie Heil, Tim Houston, Philip Jordan,
Kathy Kavanaugh, Paul Kozlowski, Alison LaFroscia, Frank Lehmann, Sharon Lin,
Craig Marcott, Joe Mead, Marianne Mead, Matt Mead, Diane Miecnikowski, Morgan
Modica, Katlin Modica, Bill Perks, Laura Perks, Colleen Ruffini, Gabrielle
Ruffini, John Ruffini, Arlene Slear, Beverly Spear, Craig Spear, Laura Suban
and family, Peg Tobin, Ted Walter, Jillian White, Judy White, Michael White, Grace Zagaja,
Sarah Zagaja, Henry Zagaja.
you see any of these wonderful people, please be sure to acknowledge their
contributions to the HIHI ministry. If
you weren’t able to help with HIHI this year, or didn’t know about the program,
there will certainly be opportunities to participate during the next HIHI
season. We hope that you will join us in
this wonderful ministry. Our blessings
abound in service to others!
and Linda Heidenfelder (Old First Presbyterian Church)