This past year the Watauga Crisis Assistance Network (WeCAN) observed its eleventh year of helping community neighbors in crisis. Conceived, organized and funded by the faith community in 2002, WeCAN serves as a clearing house of benevolence assistance and crisis services for Watauga County residents.
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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.
FALL INTO ME
Ours is a world that perpetuates a belief in self-fulfillment, the ability to make yourself happy and complete through your own efforts. Or as Joseph Kennedy the father of our 35th President, John F Kennedy said: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” But each day can be challenging. One moment, we are on top of the world fulfilling every dream we possibly could have, and then, suddenly, we stumble with disappointment. The reality of failure begins to taunt us, making us question if there is anything worth looking forward to.
We are a society that measures and compares ourselves against one another. There is a tendency to feel better about ourselves when our particular situation isn’t as dire as someone else’s. “Thank God that’s not me!” is a regretful statement many of us have uttered under our breath as we look upon the plight of others suffering a hardship. So often, we set ourselves apart from those suffering without realizing that in a second we could be in their shoes.
Sometimes, the unexpected upsets our routine, and we are knocked off-balance. Perhaps it’s bad news about our job being eliminated, or disturbing test results from our doctor. It may even be an attack from our spiritual enemy. In each case, our emotional equilibrium is hammered, and we feel as if we can’t stand. Those moments should cause us to turn to God. When we feel we are losing our balance, He can help. When life knocks us off our feet, we don’t have to be frustrated. With God’s strength lifting us up, we can still stand strong. So often that hand up comes through the efforts of volunteers at churches, shelters, and other outreach agencies. God works through many of his faithful to be the hands of Christ to those that need an encouraging smile and assistance.
Thank goodness there is someone that is always there for us no matter what we may be going through.
Let me fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is very great: 1Chronicles 21:13
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 25th anniversary, over $4,000,000 has been raised to support homeless agencies in cities across North Carolina.