HOPE for the Homeless presents Crawfish with Clergy: an evening of fun, food, music, and local clergy.
On the evening of Friday, June 6th, a $25.00 ticket will not only buy you a flat of crawfish and a seat at the table with a variety of local clergyman. It will be an investment in your community and in your fellow man. The first annual Crawfish with Clergy event is hosted by HOPE for the Homeless, Northwest Louisiana’s homeless coalition.
Proceeds from the Crawfish with Clergy event are set to support HOPE Connections, a collaborative homeless one-stop center that opened in February of 2014 and provides clients with a location for meals, showers, laundry, private bathrooms, and on-site medical assistance. HOPE Connections has one goal: ending homelessness in Northwest Louisiana. This may sound far fetched to you, but HOPE‘s director, Christa Pazzaglia, believes it is not only possible, she has scheduled a completion date. Your $25 ticket buys much more than crawfish and a good time. Pazzaglia believes that if the community continues to rally to support the cause, chronic homelessness in Northwest Louisiana can be eradicated by December of 2015. Additionally, 25% of the proceeds raised will go to Christian Services, which operates our area’s last remaining soup kitchen, The Hospitality House, soon to be located in the 10,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the rapidly expanding HOPE Connections Project.
HOPE for the Homeless was incorporated in 2001, but in the summer of 2010 everything changed. Christa and her co-worker Ryan Parker attended the National Homelessness Conference. There they were introduced to the 100,000 Homes Campaign. When they returned to Shreveport, they brought with them a new passion driven by research that stated that if we strategically provided housing and services to those who are the most vulnerable first, we would be able to end homelessness. According to Christa, ”We had to restructure the way that everyone thought about approaching the issue of homelessness.” In the past those considered “most likely to succeed” were prioritized and gained quicker access to available services. There was nothing scientific about this assessment. “We were just guessing who was going to be successful,” she told us. The new philosophy is not only far more scientific, it is far more effective. The new paradigm is informed by Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which suggests that people can’t begin to worry or concern themselves with much else if they don’t already have their basic needs of food, water, and shelter provided first. Rather than forcing clients to earn these basic needs by addressing peripheral issues, Hope Connections coordinates services that effectively meet the basic needs of the area’s homeless population.
Hope works with over twenty-five partner agencies to coordinate services that enable their clients to obtain permanent housing, acquire gainful employment, and begin conquering any of the co-existing issues that often accompany those struggling with homelessness. HOPE Connections and their partners provide on-site employment seminars, 12-step recovery meetings, and other esteem and character-building opportunities. HOPE strives to help these men, women, and families set and reach attainable goals and change their statuses in life.
The men and women of the cloth are the honored guests at the Crawfish with Clergy event. Local churches work closely with Hope Connections on a daily basis and the event is intended to not only raise funds and awareness, but to celebrate the efforts of these faith-based organizations. A variety of clergy members will be attending the event including those from local Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal, and Unitarian churches. The Nazarene and Presbyterian denominations will also be represented, as will the Catholic Church who is honored to have Bishop Duca as one of the guests in attendance. This is an opportunity for men and women of a variety of faiths and backgrounds to come together and help raise awareness for the incredible and achievable goals that have been set forth by the HOPE Connection and the many interwoven organizations with which they work.
To purchase tickets or to request additional information about the event, please contact HOPE for the Homeless at : (318) 670-4591 or (318) 208-7445.
You can also email Christa Pazzaglia at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Music at the event will be provided by local musician, Blake Corder.