(EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is the first in a two-part series. Part two will detail a woman’s journey from homelessness to being at the house. The last names of the two women helped by Love INC in today’s Tribune are not being used in order to proctect their privacy.)
During the event, the two women were honored by Love INC staff and were also given a chance to talk about their favorite aspect of being involved in the program.
Helen V. said there was a lot of support available with her time at the Hope House, but she was thankful to be moving out.
“I want to thank God and give him all the glory and the praise, because I am going to be moving out into my new apartment,” she said.
Helen also thanked those in charge of Love INC for allowing the facility to shape and change her life for the better.
“I just want to thank Eric and Pam and Lisa and Kathy for support, and just being there for us,” she said, “and having people that support you in everything you do and getting you down that road of hope so you can make it again on your own.”
Kim S. said she was also grateful for all of the support at Hope House and found a new group of people to rely upon.
“I’m grateful to everybody here collectively,” she said during her graduation. “You are an awesome group of people. Each one of you has brought something different to my life and you will always have a special spot.”
Love INC Tri-Cities Executive Director Eric Morgan said seeing people complete the Love INC Hope House program is a gratifying experience for him, considering the time that has been put into the program.
“It’s very emotional because we’ve worked so hard on this for years now,” he said. “And it all began two years ago at (Love INC’s offices on) Fulton Street when this young lady came in who was homeless, and then being driven to do something about it.”
The Grand Haven High School choirs will be performing “Songs for a Better World” — a benefit concert for Love INC — on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Haven High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults; and $5 for seniors, students and children. Tickets will be available soon at the high school’s main office; The Bookman; and Love INC locations on 1106 Fulton St. in Grand Haven, 200 W. Savidge St. in Spring Lake and 13151 Cleveland St. in Nunica.
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