Volunteers helped serve thousands

Published 10:23 pm Friday, November 7, 2008

During the recent transition of the Suffolk Shelter/Center for Hope and New Beginnings, an unfavorable light was cast on the existence of the shelter. This letter is dedicated to those who served the shelter in various capacities over the last 18 years, ensuring there would be a safe haven for the homeless in the Western Tidewater area.

I would like to thank the group of citizens that shared the same vision and dream of opening a shelter to serve the homeless. This group’s efforts helped make this dream a reality in 1990.

The shelter was blessed to have the support of staff, volunteers and those who actively served on the Board of Directors, dedicating their lives to overseeing and seeking financial support for this organization.

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Even through the most difficult times, the Board of Directors pulled together and planned a strategy that would result in successfully keeping the doors open and providing shelter for those less fortunate, while striving to turn homelessness into independence. These individuals should be commended for their determination and efforts.

Let’s not forget that the Suffolk Shelter/Center for Hope and New Beginnings touched the lives of thousands of people during the last 18 years, providing shelter, food, clothing, counseling and financial assistance for transportation and housing. Its after-school program provided homework assistance and meals to the children of the shelter and surrounding neighborhoods.

I would be remiss if I did not extend my sincere appreciation to the many foundations, organizations, businesses and individuals that supported this non-profit organization. Thank you for believing in its mission.