facing Golaith.” Nonetheless with an impressive 25,000-strong volunteer base, they are able to achieve more than many other organizations, as most do not have as many volunteers, he said.
In addition to the dinners on Thanksgiving, Christmas, MLK Jr. day, and Easter, HFTH offers services for individuals and families day-to-day and year-round. They provide case management services, a food pantry, financial workshops, job workshops, and a plethora of other service events, including a Christmas party and back to school event for youth. For several years, HFTH has traveled to Haiti, taking needed medicines for the poor. For the first time this year, they held a Labor Day event, and plan to do the same this Labor Day.
The Rashard family, whom the HFTH helped when their family grew from three to five with the birth of twins, expressed their gratitude to HFTH at the Christmas event. “I had never really heard of the program before or the organization, or even knew if they would help someone who was already married.
“When I went, I was blessed beyond words. They gave us pampers. They gave us a food box that lasted for quite some time. They just gave me the kind of loving words of encouragement that I needed to hear in a time like that,” said Mrs. Rashard.
Elisabeth Omilami, who was in the hospital recovering from an illness at the time of the Christmas event, “sent her greetings and love and asked everyone to give their best,” said her husband. “She’s a fighter,” he said.
He also said that their greatest challenge is maintaining adequate financial resources and getting people to give throughout the year instead of just November and December. Just a few days before Christmas, the Omilamis still were unsure how they where going to hold their annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday dinner in January. Despite challenges, Omilami said he is continuously inspired by Dr. King’s teachings.
“Everyday, this is the God honest truth, I have to look at Dr. King’s words because I have it on my door, so if I ever get amnesia, bump my head in ignorance or self-importance, his words slap me across the face…this is the judgment, life’s most persistent and urgent question is — what are you doing for others.”