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Michael McDonald: Help homeless become coworkers and neighbors

I have been volunteering with Hospitality House for about eight years and I see faces disappearing from the shelter and becoming neighbors.

Tom manages the Rapid Re-housing program, which has housed over 90 people this year, including 24 children and 34 chronically homeless — with a success rate of 96.8 percent.

The past year, Jeff launched the Culinary Training program and has trained over 42 people. Of those, 20 have found employment, 11 in the food industry. These and many other victories are not solely because of Tom and Jeff. They happen because people and organizations in our community are donating time, money, a truck, a trailer, a meal, a chair, a hand.

With government grants in decline, we need tighter involvement between, local government, business, nonprofits and community. We can leverage our deep experience, adopt best practices from other organizations and create systemic efficiencies to continue improving the lives of the poor and homeless in our community.

Let’s embrace this moment and work together to turn the homeless into our neighbors.

Michael McDonald

Hospitality House Board Member

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