Mrs. Jane Breylinger, Chair of “Hands for the Homeless” spoke to us at Monday Coffee on May 6. She introduced the charity she works with, currently being run out of Union Church in Avon Park. “Hands for the Homeless” is a faith-based group working with the desperately poor and homeless in Highlands County. They are a tax-exempt, non-profit organization, with a 501(c)(3) rating.
Every week a group meets to cook a hot meal for up to 1200 people living on the edge. Many can come to the church to eat, and drivers take out many more meals to the tent camps, bridges, sheds, woods, and rusty cars where some souls live.
Their goal is to be able to provide hot showers, laundry, mail services, and help with job searches. They are currently looking for a central location to buy (cheaply) to make this dream a reality.
Hands for the Homeless relies on donations. Tanglewood supports them with their bimonthly Second Tuesday food collection. (Alternate months go to Faith Lutheran’s food pantry). Mrs. Breylinger said the greatest need right now is for toothbrushes and travel-size toothpaste. Next month the focus will be on sunscreen and bug spray, t-shirts and new underwear, and socks. There is a box in the Craft Room for your donation. If you’d rather write a check, Hands’s treasurer lives right in Tanglewood. Drop your check off with Carol Ann Breton, 1150 Easy Street. Your donations are tax-deductible.
Workers are always needed as well. If you can donate a couple hours on Thursdays to cook for the large number of meals, welcome. Drivers are needed to collect donations from local restaurants. Sorters take the clothing and food donations and get them ready for distribution. If you’re interested, call Jane Breylinger at 863-446-1715.