A Guest Blog Post from our March 6 NETnight Featured Non-Profit Homes of Hope

Posted by: Nika White on Tuesday, March 4, 2014
As an Oregonian now residing in Greenville, I’ve come to realize that Greenville is truly a unique city. Not only are there dozens of charities working to address various community needs, but Greenville consistently sets state-wide records for charitable giving, and thousands show up annually to volunteer on Hands on Greenville Day. This city boasts a culture of philanthropy and volunteerism. Making an impact is just what Greenvillians do! As the Community Relations Director for Homes of Hope, a nonprofit developer of affordable housing which also provides job training and mentoring to men overcoming addictions, I have the pleasure of connecting the Upstate community to our work. For this reason I am pleased that Homes of Hope has been chosen as the Greenville Chamber’s featured nonprofit for March’s upcoming NetNight. For fifteen years Homes of Hope has been serving diverse populations in need of housing. We’ve developed mixed communities of renters and homeowners comprised of single moms, engineers, working grandmothers, and military veterans. No two families in our homes look the same and as a result we’ve seen entire neighborhoods transform. Sharing our work with local business professionals at NetNight offers us an exciting opportunity to connect our organization with leaders who have the heart and the means to take this impact to the next level. As we celebrate our 15th anniversary, we celebrate 490 families in our housing who work hard, act as good neighbors, and take steps daily to break cycles of generational and situational poverty. We also celebrate the 285 graduates of our Men’s Development Program who have courageously stepped out of addiction and stepped back into their homes, workplaces, and churches as husbands, fathers, and leaders. Our impact as an organization is due to community partnerships and connections, as we know our future impact will be as well. We look forward to introducing ourselves to many new faces at NetNight and making connections that will bring change to our community for years to come. Greenville is unique because its citizens not only believe, but work together to show that all of Greenville matters. I am excited to live in such a special city, and excited to see you at NetNight! Jordon Weldon is the Community Relations Director at Homes of Hope. Learn more at www.homesofhope.org.

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