Weekend fundraiser keeps homeless shelter on firm footing
by Tom Joyce Staff Reporter
A little more than a year ago, the Shepherd’s House was in such dire straits financially that the local homeless shelter faced the prospect of closing its doors.
But support from the public, including at events such as an inaugural “Summer Thrills” fundraiser last weekend, the situation has changed radically.
“We’re in good shape,” said the Rev. Phil Goble Jr., executive director of the Shepherd’s House, a facility in Mount Airy now celebrating its 10th year. Goble added this week that aid from community members has made the difference.
“They continue to step up — it just amazes me every day what they do.”
Such support was evident Saturday night when the Summer Thrills event was held at Cody Creek in the Dobson area. It included dinner, music by a live band, Mezza Voce, and drawings for four prize packages.
That event is expected to have generated between $16,000 and $18,000 when all the totals are in, according to Goble.
More than 100 people turned out on the rainy night, with an estimated 700 tickets sold for the prize drawings at $20 each.
“For a first-time event, it was a huge success,” the Shepherd’s House official said.
“I was real happy with it — our committee was real happy with it,” he said of the facility’s governing board.
“It was an amazing night,” Farah Davis, chairman of the Shepherd’s House Board of Directors, agreed while expressing thanks to those who supported Summer Thrills. “The venue was spectacular. The music was awesome. It truly was a great evening.
“Without our sponsors and all our friends, this event would not have been possible,” Davis emphasized.
To spice up the prize drawings, an exotic name was assigned to each package.
The winner of a “Jaws” trip was Jill Welch of Mount Airy, who will get the chance to experience a chartered half-day deep-sea fishing trip for four leaving from Wrightsville Beach and including a one-night, two-room hotel stay.
Barbara Meredith of Pilot Mountain won a “Pretty Woman” spa package at the Primland resort in Patrick County, Va., which is good for a night’s stay for two, dinner and breakfast.
Faye Haas of Mount Airy garnered a “Show Me the Money” prize, a $1,000 shopping spree at stores of her choice.
Celeste Tsaklis was the winner of a package geared for hunters called “The Rifleman” — a Remington 870 Express 12-gauge shotgun, a Henry lever-action .22-caliber rifle and a Kel-Tec Compact .380 pistol.
A surprise fifth drawing was a stay at one of the cabins at Cody Creek, donated by the facility, which was won by Raynelle Hamblin of Dobson.
“It was a fun and exciting night,” Goble stated. “It exceeded our expectations. We are so glad so many people came out to help support and encourage the Shepherd’s House. We are blessed to have so many people who believe in…the mission it is trying to accomplish.”
Fab 500 Effort
Goble said this week that an ongoing effort under way to benefit the Shepherd’s House also is realizing success.
“Our FAB 500 Campaign is going well,” he said of the acronym for a program that stands for Faith Action Build which seeks to enlist the help of 500 businesses, civic groups, churches, families, individuals or others.
Each is being asked to commit $1,000 over the next five years toward a $500,000 goal to construct a new homeless shelter. The facility is now located in an older house. Goble said the campaign is off to a good start, with less than 100 becoming involved so far.
Some contributors have simply given $1,000 checks while others are choosing to spread out their donations, which amounts to $3.85 per week on a five-year basis.
In discussing the solid financial footing the homeless shelter now enjoys, Goble cited the goodness of people in the community. “It just amazes me how God continues to touch people’s hearts to get involved with the Shepherd’s House.”
Reach Tom Joyce at 719-1924 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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