In a city rated as the fourth poorest in the nation, it would be easy to see Albanians wrapped up in their own problems. However, there are folks who are taking their valuable time to help those less fortunate. A Place 4 Hope is one such effort.
Founded last year, the organization describes itself as “a ministry established for the purpose of providing a place of respite for those who find themselves living in the seemingly hopeless circumstance of homelessness.”
While many people automatically think of food and shelter as needs for the homeless, there are already options available. A place 4 Hope, instead, focuses on things people don’t usually think about as essential, but can be just as important like hygiene, clean clothing, access to a telephone and the internet, and the ability to receive mail. In addition, there are also people available who they can speak to about the resources available to help them get out of their situation.
A ministry of the Salvation Army, A Place 4 Hope is now asking the community for some help. “Last year, we got a lot of support from our friends. We donated several blankets, pillows, and towels. We weren’t quite sure what items they really needed. This year, A Place 4 Hope gave a list of things that they need for daily operation,” said Roni Ware, a volunteer with the organization.
“A few of the items that they list are: hygiene products, scrubs, washing detergent, pocket tissues, combs and most importantly blankets,” Ware said.
Currently, the Albany Parks and Recreation Department are holding a drive to get hold of these much needed items. “Currently, in addition to ARPD, the Department of Human Resources and the students at the Lockett Station Afterschool Program have taken up the charge to help as well. We are really excited about the feedback and we hope to build on that going forward.”
The drive is slated to end on December 20, but Ware and her partner in crime Kozman Burnam (aka DJ Dwayne) hope to make this into a year round initiative. “We both know people who are homeless or have been homeless, so whatever we can do to serve these individuals, we will,” Ware said.
In addition to the much needed items Ware mentioned, she says there are other ways to help. “A Place 4 Hope also accepts monetary donations. Those wanting to donate money should make checks out to The Salvation Army with A Place 4 Hope in the memo line or online at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/page.aspx?pid=207#location,” she said in an email to the Journal.
A Place 4 Hope is located at 206 S. Monroe Street in Albany, Georgia.