It was Dr. Lee Beth Lindquist who first dreamed to help homeless women and their children in the Lake Norman area.
With no temporary housing system within 30 miles of the lake, Dr. Lindquist recruited the community's help to launch Hope House Foundation in March 2005.
By that fall, the foundation had bought a home and decided to house a family in it for 13 months who had been made homeless by Hurricane Katrina.
Soon after that, with donated time and materials provided by the Lake Norman community and the Lake Norman Home Builders Association, the renovated and furnished Hope House opened in 2009.
Today Hope House helps homeless women and their children during their time of economic hardship.
The nonprofit foundation provides shelter for up to six months for 12 adults and their children. It also collaborates with partners including the Salvation Army, Ada Jenkins Center and the Davidson Housing Coalition. Those organizations provide social worker services, career support, life skills coaching and permanent housing alternatives once a resident's stay at Hope House has ended.
The foundation relies on the community to help maintain and operate the house and its mission.
At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Hope House will host its annual Heart of Hope fundraiser at The Palace at Kenton Place in Cornelius, with food, dancing and auctions. Special guest Brigida Mack from WBTV (Channel 3) will share thoughts on Hope House.
The foundation also is seeking sponsors, donors and volunteers. For information on the event, to help or to buy advance tickets, visit www.heartofhope.info.
For details on Hope House Foundation visit www.HopeHouseFoundation.org.
Huntersville Sprint Triathlon
Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatics will host its second annual Huntersville Sprint Triathlon on May 1. The event is designed for all levels of triathletes, including the beginner and first-timer.
HFFA's facility provides convenient training, with a mild-to-moderate road course. Advance registration is recommended. Space is limited.
HFFA also will host the Birkdale Animal Hospital Kids Triathlon Series. It sells out quickly, so register early and take advantage of early-bird registration for all four races in the series.
This fun, exciting event encourages children to learn how to set personal goals, achieve growth and improve personal results over the entire season. It creates a great place to grow healthy fitness habits for life.
For more information about HFFA and coming events visit www.hffa.com.