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Suzanne’s Tangled Mess No More

19 September

Last week I got a call from Suzanne. She and her two children, all wheelchair bound, needed our assistance with a ramp and other repairs last year so they could get outside for the first time in years.

She said, “I hated calling you! You already did so much for us! I tried other agencies and even my church. I finally called United Way and they told me to call you! I keep trying to maneuver onto my side on the ground to pull weeds but they are getting ahead of me. They are four feet tall in some places and I can’t mow the lawn.”

Becky immediately mobilized a group of willing volunteers to the home and transformed her lawn into a safe and beautiful yard she and her grown children can enjoy. Suzanne was relieved that the neighbors will not have to look at the tangled mess it was before.

THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who labored that day to make a difference!

-From an e-blast earlier this year (Sign up for our e-blasts at the bottom of our site!)

Lighthearted Dolly

11 May

A fax we received at the office:

 

Dear Amy,

I wanted to send you a thank you card but I do not have your address.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you! You have no idea what this means to me.

I sleep peacefully now, no longer cold and frightened of the situation I was in before this beautiful furnace.

Worrying about this cancer and not missing work was enough of a strain. I never asked anyone for anything before. I never had anyone who could help me with something as big as this.

I believe the stress that is gone helps me cope better with cancer.

People see a difference in me.  I feel a little more lighthearted.

You did all of this, and I will never be able to thank you enough!

Love,
Dolly

 

Our deepest appreciation to those who support the mission of Hosanna Industries. We thank you for helping to keep Dolly warm and for making her more”lighthearted” during a very difficult time in her life.

-From an earlier e-blast.  (Sign up for our e-blasts on the bottom of our website.)

Thanks a buzz-illion

30 January

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The greeting included with this surprise I received earlier this week read:

Hi Amy,

A token of gratefulness for my new furnace that warms my home and will warm my heart forever. With much love. God Bless.

This dear homeowner is an elderly widow living on about 11,000.00 per year. She has no family left in this world and she said she had no where else to turn for help as the only number she was given was Hosanna’s. I assured her we could and would help her and within a few days her furnace was replaced at no cost to her. Her heartfelt expression of appreciation moved me to tears. Please know that your support and donations to Hosanna Industries help to keep people like Rose warm as the bitter winter approaches.

-From an earlier e-blast. (Sign up for our e-blasts at the bottom of our website.)

Sandra’s story

21 December

I’d like to think that after answering the telephone here for 26 years I would be used to the sad and tragic stories I hear every day. But I got a call from Sandra that just hit me hard.

It began with a request for home repairs because water pours out of outlets when it rains and the walls are spongy and crumbling in the kitchen from a chronically leaking roof and clogged gutters.

As I began asking questions I soon realized that Sandra is one of those amazing people with a loyal heart and a strong back and spirit. She has been married for 35 years. 34 years ago her husband of 1 year had a massive brain hemorrhage and has needed 24/7 care ever since. She became pregnant in that first year of marriage and has a 35 year old daughter who recently dropped her two year old son off at Sandra’s and said, “I can’t raise this child. You take him,” and promptly walked away and out of their lives.

Sandra worked for years hiring people to care for her husband during the day, but had to quit because she could not afford the cost of the daily care and now has to care for both her husband and grandchild too.

Her voice sounded exhausted but not bitter or angry. She said, “I never asked why me? I figured why not, but I just don’t know what to do now. I have bounced so many checks trying to keep up!” I told her we will help her. She said,”Well, forgive me if I believe it when I see it, but I’ve called so many places and some don’t call me back and the rest that do say they can’t help me. I’m feeling a little hopeless. I’m not pitying myself, but I’ve always counted on myself to get things done and I’m running out of steam.”

I said, “I aim to restore your hope. It is what Hosanna Industries is all about.” She broke down and sobbed. Through her tears she said,”How do you do this…and why?”

How? Through divine guidance and generous support.
Why? Because God’s work is everybody’s business.
On behalf of Sandra and those like her, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

-From an earlier e-blast. (Sign up at the bottom of our website to receive weekly e-blasts.)

Catherine’s story

21 December

I spoke with Catherine yesterday. She is 90. She lost her 3 brothers and her husband all in 1997.  She lost her only sister in 2004. She lost her son and daughter in law in 2009.

Their son had completed rehab for drug addiction at that time but relapsed after the tragic accident that claimed the life of both parents. He is now in outpatient rehab and Catherine has been taking care of all of his expenses and allowing him to live with her for now.

She receives 1,300.00 per month.

She opened the call with this, “My name is Catherine and I’m 90 years old and I am so embarrassed to have to call you. I have always taken care of myself and family but I just can’t keep up with my grandson living here.”

When I asked her what she needs she said,” Well, my toilet keeps overflowing and its hard for me to keep cleaning it up and well….I could use some food.”

I told her we will fix the bathroom issues and make sure she has food. I  urged her to not be at all embarrassed as we all need help from time to time and at 90 it just might be her turn.

She said,” I never knew people like you existed! I guess I watch too much news. I feel better just talking to you and knowing people are being nice out there. If you can help me I will be so grateful but if for some reason you can’t I sure do send blessings your way anyhow.”

Thanks to your generous support, we will be able to help Catherine and many more like her.

-From an earlier e-blast (Sign up for our weekly e-blasts at the bottom of our website.)

Thanksgiving & Christmas with Hosanna Industries 2016

15 November

There are so many ways to get involved in Hosanna Industries this season (and every season), so we compiled this list for you. These are great opportunities for families or small groups.  Please let us know if you’d like to help in any of these ways!

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Festival of Trees: November 17-19

  • Free to attend
  • Bid on artificial trees that are available via silent auction
  • Enjoy complimentary refreshments & live music
  • Invite your friends to the Facebook event

 

Thanksgiving dinner delivery: the week of Thanksgiving

  • The groceries have been generously provided, & we are looking for families or groups to prepare the meal & deliver it to a lonely household in need sometime around Thanksgiving.
  •  Contact Amanda for specifics.

 

Christmas gift delivery: December 10, and anytime before Christmas

  • Volunteer to deliver gifts that have already been provided.
  • Donate frozen turkeys or chickens
  • Decorate small wreaths or mini Christmas trees, so those can be given with the gifts
  • Join us for fellowship over breakfast at our Rochester campus
  • Pre-registration is required, so please sign up here.

 

Other ways to help this season or any season:

  • Hold a collection! (We have a list of specific needs, ask us if you’re interested.)
  • Hold a penny drive
  • Pray
  • Shop on Amazon through Amazon Smile.