Cookies for Hope

When members of a One Hopeful Place fundraising cabinet need a organisation of people who will assistance a homeless, they know whom to ask.

The nonprofit asks internal churches to attend in a subsequent fundraiser, Cookies for Hope. The eventuality will engage church congregations providing homemade cookies to sell to a community.

“We wanted to have a fundraiser where we got a churches involved,” pronounced Paul Montalvo, co-chair of a fundraising committee. “Because a churches were a large partial of always creation certain that a homeless had a place to stay in a cold-night shelters and had a place to eat.”

Event deduction will go toward One Hopeful Place’s new building called Phase 2, that will residence 70 to 100 homeless men, as good as feed them and yield them with hospitality attention training.

To pointer adult a church, call a Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce during 850-224-8191 or Tracy McCreary during 850-226-6769. To participate, churches contingency broach a specified volume of homemade cookies between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 1 to First Baptist Church in Fort Walton Beach.

The open might attend a Cookies for Hope cookie sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 2 during a Christian Life Center of First Baptist Church, 21 First St. SE, Fort Walton Beach.


‘Change things up’

One Hopeful Place’s fundraising cabinet began with usually dual people, a co-chairs. Montalvo and his wife, Donna Vecchione-Montalvo, began in Dec 2016.

“We had nobody,” Montalvo said. “We had to come adult with a possess cabinet of people that would dedicate for a full year, that is tough to do.”

Together, they grew a cabinet into a organisation of 9 people peaceful to assistance for a year of 2017. But, building a cabinet was usually one challenge.

“If somebody came adult to we and said, ‘Would we like to present to One Hopeful Place?’ Their greeting is, ‘What is it?’” Montalvo said. “Nobody knew … a second plea was to teach a community.”

The One Hopeful Place classification began when Community Solutions, a organisation of people dedicated to assisting a homeless, spearheaded a mission, Montalvo said.

“They came adult with a organisation that wanted to find a plcae for people that were down on their fitness or didn’t have a place to live and indispensable some assistance removing behind on their feet,” Montalvo said.

The former rubbish diagnosis plant on a south finish of Beal Parkway incited into what is now One Hopeful Place, Paul said. It’s a 7,000 hactare trickery that now has one finished building with space for 30 men.

While a classification has always designed on expanding, those skeleton started slow. When Nathan Monk stepped in as executive director, he sped things up.

Monk researched a homeless village and a community’s expectations, he said.

“After looking during all that information, we said, ‘OK, a largest demographic of people experiencing homelessness in Okaloosa County are singular males,’” Monk said. “We motionless to change things adult a small bit on a site.”

The Phase 2 devise is to pierce The Haven, a men’s program, into a renovated second building on a property, Monk said.

“Upon relocating a men’s module … we will afterwards modify a Phase 1 building into a women’s program,” Monk said. “It’s kind of like we get dual buildings for a cost of one.”

When a plan is complete, One Hopeful Place can offer housing to 75 or some-more organisation and 30 women. The Phase 2 building’s extraneous is complete, though a interior is not.

Completing a building is contingent on funding, Monk said.

Paul believes a Cookies for Hope fundraiser will help.

“One Hopeful Place and what a fundraising cabinet is doing, and what Cookies for Hope is formulation on doing, is lifting income so we can ask for a palm up, not a welfare for those in need,” Montalvo said.


Come together

Cookies for Hope was modeled after an annual fundraiser in Alabama.

Roger Peadro, a priest of First Christian Church in Fort Walton Beach, pronounced his assemblage will attend and yield cookies for a event. He hopes it will spin into an annual tradition, he said.

“It’s going to yield some supports for a ongoing construction costs and executive costs for One Hopeful Place,” Peadro said. “But we consider it’s going to be good for churches and other use organizations to be concerned in this process, too. It’s a good village event.”

Peadro laughed when asked if he would yield cookies, though he skeleton to give it a shot.

“Quite frankly, everybody likes Christmas cookies,” Peadro said. “I’m certain there are a lot of good cookie makers … bakers out there in each congregation.”

Montalvo also skeleton to make cookies, nonetheless he admits they won’t be “fancy,” he said.

One Hopeful Place won’t serve usually Fort Walton Beach; it will offer Okaloosa County, Montalvo said. It will yield opportunities for a homeless population, whether veterans or mothers who are down on their luck, he said.

“Most of these folks have jobs,” Montalvo said. “Most of them have a car. What they don’t have is a place to live.”

Completing Phase 2 will give people a protected comfort of meaningful where they can eat and sleep, Montalvo said. Then, members of a homeless race can concentration on other things, he said.

“If we have all a highlight of, ‘Where is my subsequent dish going to be? Where am we going to sleep?’ anticipating a pursuit becomes a final thing on your totem pole,” Montalvo said.

The idea is to engage during slightest 20 internal churches. Involving them is ideal since they already assistance a homeless population, Vecchione-Montalvo said.

“This is going to be an prolongation of that, where everybody can come together in one place and a village and churches can come together and assistance them,” Vecchione-Montalvo said. “They’re still assisting them, though not as one church; we’re all doing it together.”

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