Come join us for the BIG BEND POTTER’S GUILD’S
5th ANNUAL EMPTY BOWL SUPPER
on Sunday, March 30th from 4-6 pm. For a $15 donation you may select a beautiful ceramic bowl handcrafted by the skilled artisans of the BIG BEND POTTER’S GUILD and then fill it with delicious soup from MORELIA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT! Handmade mugs will also be available for $15.
Children 10-17 are $5 and under 10 are free (soup only)
Kids may purchase a bowl at the adult price.
Enjoy live music by HOT TAMALE!
We appreciate the wonderful support of Morelia’s and the continuing support of the Big Bend Potters Guild! Come join them in their efforts to help ECHO fill bowls for those in our community who are hungry.
We are adding to our Family Services Program with the opening of the new Bethany House at Westgate on Blountstown St. to provide transitional housing for families with minor children. We have been blessed with donations of furniture and comforters. However we are in urgent need of the following for each of our 11 bedrooms:
8 sets of twin XL sheets
1 floor lamp
1 to 2 area rugs
4 sets of towels
1 bath mat
1 slip resistant shower mat
laundry detergent (he)
1 dish detergent
1 dish rag
Maybe your church, Sunday School, business, or civic group would like to fulfill all of these needs for one room, or maybe you can help out with one or two items yourself. We also need kitchen items such as cookware, dishes, flatware, etc. Call Nancy at 224-3246 ext 209 with any questions.
Ernest Quinn first came to ECHO in October of last year. He lost his job as a truck driver after a wreck and not long after, he lost his car, and then his home. Not sure where to go or what to do next, he came in to ECHO hoping for a little help with food. After talking about his situation and his plans for seeking employment, his case manager told him, “Mr. Quinn, I can tell by your attitude and obvious work ethic that you are going to be an ECHO success story”.
We have seen Ernest a few times since that first visit. He returned to get a referral to a transitional housing program and to help him file for food stamps, and again to fill out a bus pass application and get help with a clothing voucher. And then, just this past week Ernest came in to speak with his original case manager. He was proud to share that he now has a full time job, just purchased a vehicle, and is getting ready to move into his own apartment. He simply stopped by to share with us that his case manager’s words from his first visit to ECHO had come true.
Ernest is just one success story – mostly because of his own will and drive to start over. But this was also made possible because of the caring folks in this community who put their faith into action and provided the help he needed. Because of your donations, Ernest and many others are able to get back on their feet through ECHO. THANK YOU!