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SEP-OCT 2017

City Social Magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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37 By David Maulsby Photos provided by PTSD Foundation Years ago I learned a valuable lesson that has stuck with me through the years. Our church was stepping forward in a big way to administer aid to some of the homeless in our city. One particular afternoon, we loaded up the bus with some of our folks, lots of blankets and a heart to help. The day was cold and grew colder as the evening took over the day. One of our teenagers took off her coat and gave it to a homeless teen who was living under a bridge and had no coat. It was a wonderful moment. We helped serve a meal, hugged those we had met, then headed back to our side of town. One thing that was said to me while we were serving that evening helped me tremendously. The gentleman's statement was really just in passing: "Ya know, these folks aren't just cold and hungry at Thanksgiving, they're hungry in February and July, also." Now I see what he had seen play out in a big way here at Camp Hope. Don't get me wrong, it is FANTASTIC to see companies reach out and provide Christmas parties for our residents and staff. It truly is a sight to see. However, I also see the need for this every day, every week, every month of the year. Just this week, we have had multiple vets reaching out in crisis and multiple members of our team reaching out to them in order save lives. One vet told me on Tuesday night, "About to sleep forever. Thank you, sir, for everything you did and are doing. I can't do this anymore." Our team reached out immediately. An hour later, he was safe. He then told me, "Thank you for everything...keep doing what you do." We have the privilege of doing what we do because of you, our volunteers and supporters. You understand what it took me some time to learn—that "need" never takes time off and that opportunities to serve are always there. You enable us to engage those opportunities, through prayers, financial contributions, donating automobiles, bottled water and lots of food. We grow this Road to Hope, not by spending dollars on commercials and marketing, but by you spreading the word and telling the story of why you are a part of this team to those you know. Speaking of commercials, check out this beautiful video produced for us by KHOU—at no cost—here in Houston. Please view it and share it! Link: https://youtu. be/-VRIW-MG2SE Have you heard the term, "Christmas in July"? Thanks to everyone all across this great nation that helps us keep the doors of hope always open! ~ David Maulsby, Executive Director Always Open

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