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Homeless in a Home

Each year, Convoy of Hope participates in The Hope Connetion, an event to serve the homeless population in Springfield, Missouri put on by Community Partnership of the Ozarks. This year was no different.

Hundreds of volunteers came together to serve more than 600 guests. While those in need received groceries, haircuts, job services, health services and more, the item in highest demand was simple — socks. In the winter weather, many of those in attendance rely on items like socks to survive bitterly cold nights.

Kyle, 53, spoke with us about his struggles. He’s experienced some injuries and deaths in his family that have required a lot from him financially, worsening his situation. He is unemployed, but gets by doing odd jobs and yard work. Kyle has not had proper plumbing in his house for two years.

“It’s like being homeless in a home,” Kyle says. “I have a home, but I’m trying not to lose it.”

A sewer line collapsed and he does not have the resources he needs to get everything fixed. Kyle says that while it’s hard not having water, he has to choose what he spends his money on.

“I make enough to eat,” he says.

Kyle adds that events like The Hope Connection are important because sometimes people just need a little bit of help to get them through.

Convoy of Hope is proud to attend this event each year and offer items like groceries, hygiene kits, socks, batteries and blankets.


Convoy of Hope Europe Provides Wood Stoves in Ukraine

Convoy of Hope Europe (COHEU) is helping the residents of Donbass, Ukraine, who have been caught in the violence between Ukrainian troops and separatist forces, leaving many without power and access to clean water.

COHEU distributed wood stoves to 300 families to provide heat for their homes, along with seeds for families to grow and store food for the coming winter months.

Local volunteers have been equipped to distribute supplies, administer aid and counsel affected residents.