MISSION HALE CENTER
SEPTEMBER 12, 2001
I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praises to my God as long as I live. Blessed is he..whose hope is in the LORD his God."
Psalm 146:2 & 5
August was a very busy and exciting time at Mission Hale Center. Last winter, when the migrant families went back to their homes in the valley, we all felt there would not be enough work in this area to warrant their return this year. In reality, we have had more and even better crops. While it is true that many of our usual families chose not to come back this year, many did return. And there have been many new families, as well. It is a true joy to see their new babies and just how much their other children have grown. And we feel honored whenever a young man or woman, who formerly came to the mission with his/her parents, proudly introduces us to his/her new spouse. Of course, these families bring with them the same needs they have each year when they arrive, and Jacquenet Boyd tells me that her shelves are rapidly becoming empty of some of the things they need the most. If you have any of the items listed below, please contact me at 839-2541, Jacquenet at 839-2693 or just bring them by MHC.
MISSION HALE CENTER 'needs list':
Pots & Pans
Any kitchen gadgets
Sheets - all sizes (Mostly full, queen & king)
With the record numbers we have helped, our food shelves are emptying rather rapidly, too. The fresh vegetables that Virginia Waits brings us and the 10-55# bags of potatoes Mary Lou Martinez picked up at the prison farm have helped tremendously. When San Juanita Lopez and her mother Andrea Rojas went to the prison farm to pick up potatoes for their families, they even brought three bags of potatoes for the mission to give out. And we are so grateful for the personal hygiene samples Eddie Turner always supplies MHC from Wayland University. These products make just a little more bearable the long hours the migrant workers must spend in the fields, and they certainly make our budget stretch a lot further.
NO. of FAMILIES SERVED - 121
NO. of PEOPLE HELPED WITH FOOD - 296
CLOTHING - 339
OTHER - 345
FURNITURE - 22
SCHOOL SUPPLIES - 68
VOLUNTEERS OFFICE & FOOD PANTRY - 11
CLOTHING & FURNITURE - 17
OFFICE & FOOD PANTRY - 124:00
CLOTHING & FURNITURE -91:35
Our workday on August 25th was very productive. Robert Boyd, Ron Hanby, Michael Harrell, Hugh Wilson and Martin Olvera worked from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. putting the sheetrock on the ceilings in the rooms of our temporary shelter. With this work done, Chilton's was able to blow the insulation in order to make this building a little more comfortable to work in. While the men were doing their work, Chandra Harrell helped me catch up on work that needed to be done in the office. The seven volunteers and the forty-two hours they worked that day were not added to the monthly totals.