The 18th annual Hope Fest Dinner Banquet HOME will offer Sharing Hope Ministries an opportunity to not only raise money to support existing programs but also to share the stories of women who have successfully moved forward in their lives with the ministry’s help.
The event is from 6:30 until 9:30 Thursday, March 29, in the Amarillo Civic Center Ballroom. Stevi Larson, special projects for the group, says the banquet is Sharing Hope Ministries’ biggest fundraiser every year and helps fund its jail visitation, Patsy’s Place, The Center for Advancement and the 7th Street Garden of Hope.
“It has become a great, inspiring event for the community to get involved in and to keep up to date with what the ministry is doing,” according to Laarson.
“We always include Patsy’s Place women or graduates to show the faces of the women we serve,” Larson said.
The guest speaker for this year’s event is Margaret Willis.
“Our special guest will be Margaret Willis. Margaret has been a longtime friend of Sharing Hope Ministry. Before she was our friend, she too was a woman in need of direction. That direction came from God and the volunteers she met through Sharing Hope Ministry,” according to information from the group. “This year you will have the experience of hearing firsthand, the success stories of Patsy’s Place. Margaret, and many of the women who have been touched through the Patsy’s Place program, will be sharing what ‘coming home’ means to them..”
Patsy’s Place is a Christ-centered transitional home in Amarillo, Texas, where women who have been released from county jail or prison are mentored by volunteers and staff members so they can live successful lives free of crime and addictions.
The Center for Advancement is an outreach ministry that provides resources such as temporary food, clothing and hygiene items for women who have been released from prison or jail. Classes, recovery groups and referrals to other supporting agencies are also provided.
The 7th Street Garden of Hope is a community garden that offers opportunities for connecting with the community and also works toward a goal of neighborhood beautification.
Larson said that the banquet allows Sharing Hope Ministries the opportunity to “show what we’re doing is working, we’re making an impact in these lives.”
Tickets can be purchased for $40. For more information, contact 806-358-7803 or visit the website: www.sharinghopeministry.org.