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How It Works

The Honor Card is a marvelous way to recognize a friend or family member and at the same time give a meaningful gift to someone in need.

With a donation of $5 or more you receive an Honor Card that you inscribe to that individual. Recognizing them and making a contribution in their honor.

The Honor Card is provided at no charge to Hospiality House enabling 100% of the proceeds to go directly to serving High Country community members that are homeless, hungry and in need.

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Erick's Wine and Cheese 

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United Way of Wilkes

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Hope is a universal force. It provides the spark that keeps us moving through tough times and helps keep our dreams alive.  As we draw near to another Holiday Season I can’t help but reflect on those who are struggling to maintain some remnant of hope. 

All around us are people whose lives have seemingly derailed.  Their protracted journey through darkness leaves them feeling profoundly lonely and isolated as they struggle to deal with the problems that have thrown them off course.  The need for sustained effort, especially when their troubles seem to be compounding along the way, can turn into a miserable test of endurance. They slog along through the despair and discomfort in a seemingly endless spiral. How do they gain traction or keep moving without the flicker of light or bit of hope? 

Intellectually, we think this challenge has a beginning and an end.  If they can just keep moving forward and do their part they will eventually make it through.  We know the journey to recovery is easier when there is light at the end of the tunnel. Imagine the joy of stepping out of the shadows of darkness and despair and returning to a life with light and hope.  That light is what the outreach programs of Hospitality House and volunteers work so diligently to provide to our friends in need. 

Psalm 9:18 says: It may seem that those who are poor and needy have been forgotten, but God will not forget them. He will not leave them without hope.

Our “Eternal Hope” is in the Creator that made us.  I’m so grateful to the hundreds of volunteers that are the hands of the Lord meeting the needs of those that are struggling with life.  We are His hands to inspire, encourage and sustain those that are homeless and in need. 

Thank you for your kindness this Holiday Season in using the Honor Card as you remember your family and friends and share your bounty and blessings with the less fortunate.

More about the Artist and Honor Card Program:

In 1988 artist William Mangum was asked to lend his artistic and publishing assistance to Greensboro Urban Ministry’s struggling fundraiser, the Honor Card program. He created an image called Not Forgotten. It was warmly embraced and sold 5,000 cards, raising a record setting $52,000 for various outreach programs. During the Holiday Season, Honor Cards are available for a minimum donation of $5 each. Individuals who purchase Honor Cards send them to friends and family, indicating that they have been honored by a donation to a local outreach agency. All proceeds go directly to each agency.

Personally touched by the needs of homeless people, Bill has been an advocate, donating his artistic skills and publishing gifts to make The Honor Card program one of the most well run and leveraged charitable programs in the country. Within each beautiful painting is the subtle image and story of the needy. For 15 years, Bill personally underwrote the production of the Honor Card program. In that short period of time, more than $1,000,000 was raised for Greensboro Urban Ministry’s various programs to support the needy in that community. 

As the Honor Card program reaches its 26th anniversary, over $5,000,000 has been raised to support homeless agencies in thirteen locations across North Carolina.