Father Woody’s Haven of Hope, then and now. The growth of Father Woody’s Haven of Hope through the years.
Mike Quintana, a father, successful business owner, and veteran found himself living on the streets of Denver after a life event turned his world upside down.
Volunteer is described as; “a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service.”
Dana Hammond is more than a volunteer of Father Woody’s Haven of Hope. Dana spends time comforting our guests by just being present, being a friend, someone to listen to their thoughts and concerns.
Ron Bronner first began volunteering at Father Woody’s after the passing of his wife, Trudy, in the fall of 2009. “The best thing, the best cure when you lose someone close, is not to be thinking of yourself, but helping other people. And that was my cure.”
You can find Ron on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in our kitchen and dining room working side by side with Miss Kay, a schedule he’s kept for almost 10 years. In regards to preparing and serving almost 350 meals each day he is here, including breakfast, lunch, and sack lunches, Ron says, “As they say in the Bible, ‘You can give money to the poor, but those who help and feed the poor, is the most basic need you can satisfy on the face of the Earth.’ And amen to that.” Since his first day, Ron has logged around 7,000 hours of volunteer work at the shelter. “Sounds corny, but I always say good comes out of bad… There’s always a good something that comes out of it, and that’s why I’m here.”
“Knowing Father Woody’s was there motivated me to get off the sidewalk that I was living on and do something better with my day.”
Manny is a former guest of Father Woody’s who has recently returned to the shelter to volunteer after getting back on his feet. To hear more about Manny’s story and the role Father Woody’s played in his transition out of homelessness, check out the video below.
When former guest Patricia Anderson found Father Woody’s in 2015, she had been struggling with homelessness for over a year. Finding the shelter, as she puts it, saved her life. To hear more about Patricia’s journey, please watch the video below.
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