Hero of HOPE July 24th
Not all heroes wear a mask (or HOPE shirts), but this one does. Chance Kelly is food rescuer extraordinaire. When he’s not playing roles on TV, he’s HOPE’s go-to source for emergency food rescue. As the COVID-19 Crisis took shape in New Rochelle, the community supported our efforts by making food donations. Stores and restaurants sent food our way to contribute to our mission. Many of those donations required HOPE to pick them up. With an already busy group of staff and volunteers, Chance stepped up to the plate and brought the food to HOPE. On many occasions he does it with very little notice. He’s a real go-to guy. His pick-up runs have allowed HOPE to add value to their emergency food programs in a big way. Big thanks to his helpers, Chance Kelly (jr.), Jalen Taylor, Jaiden Brickle, Daren Long, Isiah Thompson, Jihad Clark, Jaheem Jones, Mahaj Everett, Mac Coughlin, Colton Kelly, Steven Cirillo, and Zyon Poteat for helping out on the food runs.
Let’s raise a toast to Chance and his crew!
Hero of HOPE July 17th
Alexander started volunteering at HOPE shortly after the COVID-19 crisis impacted New Rochelle. He started by assisting with senior deliveries, our food pantry/mobile pantry distributions, and always steps in where needed.
Alexander took charge of our “Summer Of HOPE” program; where we provide breakfast, lunch and snacks to hundreds of school age children in New Rochelle. We are blessed to have him on the HOPE team. Thank you for everything you do for our community.
Let’s raise a toast to Alexander.
Hero of HOPE July 10th
George is a somewhat of a newer volunteer for us, but you’d never know that by watching him work. He came to us just as the COVID-19 Crisis was beginning in New Rochelle. As HOPE made adjustments to meet the new increased need, George remained a constant source of stability for an organization in transition. Each new idea HOPE would implement was supported by George. Soon after George helped us train our new volunteers and became a core member of the pantry distribution team. He’s also a fan favorite amongst the crew. We are indeed fortunate to have him on our team. Thanks for all you do.
Let’s raise a toast for George!
Hero of HOPE June 29
When it comes to the women that volunteer in our Soup Kitchen, it’s hard to highlight just one. HOPE’s kitchen volunteers are incredibly devoted to helping their community. This no more evident than in the work that Mayra does for HOPE. Mayra helps out whenever HOPE is need, including helping in our food pantry, preparing meals for our soup kitchen, or making sure PPE is available to everyone. She is on top of all tasks and helps our kitchen run smoothly. Over a hundred people a night a night benefit from her work in our Soup Kitchen. And she does it all with a smile. We are so proud and lucky to have her here with us.
Thank you Myra for all you do!
Let’s raise a toast to Myra!
Hero of HOPE June 22
It’s hard to put into words how impactful his presence has been since he started at HOPE about a year ago. Delvy showed up at HOPE last summer looking for a way to contribute to his community. He started by helping in our pantry, and then with our backpack event, and then with our holiday programs. Soon it became apparent that Delvy was capable of doing so much more.
When the COVID-19 Crisis impacted New Rochelle, Delvy became indispensable to us. He spent most of his free time at HOPE and was crucial in our efforts to change our operations in a way that would meet the new need. On any given day you could find him stacking boxes, handing out food, or setting up our pantry give-outs. He is a major reason why we have been able to respond to our community in the way that we have.
Delvy’s last day at HOPE will be next week, as he is moving to Connecticut. He will be missed, but not forgotten. Thanks for everything.
Let’s raise a toast to Delvy!
Hero of HOPE June 15
Martha is a long-time friend and supporter of HOPE. She’s even spent some time working at HOPE, but she’s never forgotten us. Martha is a real champion of her community and is always looking at ways to help out her neighbors. This was no more apparent than when COVID-19 impacted New Rochelle. It was Martha that helped HOPE secure a large food donation from Stop and Shop. With that donation, HOPE was able to use its existing inventory to pack it’s van and get food out to seniors at a critical time. HOPE has been making deliveries to senior buildings ever since. Martha has also helped HOPE secure masks, hand sanitizers and other personal protective equipment. She has helped us give out food on pantry days and does it all with a smile. She should wear a cape. We are blessed to have her as a partner.
Let’s raise a toast for Martha!
Hero of HOPE June 8
Susie is a longtime volunteer and an all-star when it comes to all things HOPE. Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, Susie could be found serving hot meals in the soup kitchen or helping out on pantry days. But her support for HOPE came in many other ways too. When we needed new chairs for our dining room, Susie helped us get new ones. When we needed food, she rallied friends and family to help. And when the COVID-19 crisis occurred, she stepped up once more.
Susie contributed her time to HOPE as we adapted to new safety and operating procedures during the pandemic. Her steady volunteerism helped us make major changes, while still offering the same warm and friendly service. Her willingness to help is an extraordinary treasure.
Thanks for all you do.
Let’s raise a toast for Susie!
Hero of HOPE June 1
Sylvia is one of the most dynamic people you’ll ever meet. Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, Sylvia helped pioneer our shower truck initiative with Shiloh Baptiste. She’s also helped coordinate dinners for our soup kitchen and so much more.
Always one to look out for her community, Sylvia she sprang into action when the COVID-19 crisis impacted New Rochelle. On any given day you could catch her bringing hand sanitizers, masks and other PPE gear to HOPE. When she wasn’t doing that, she was safely delivering food to COVID-positive homeless persons in quarantine. And if that wasn’t enough, she spearheaded Shiloh’s Sunday Breakfast program at HOPE. Rarely can you find someone more committed to their community.
Don’t know what we’d do without her.
Let’s raise a toast to for Sylvia!
Hero of HOPE May 25th
Here’s a true champion of our organization. We met Phyllis by chance earlier this year and she connected to our mission immediately. Since then, she’s been a go-to source for many of HOPE’s initiatives.
Whether she’s arranging to get masks for the community, packing bags for our give-outs, or passing out meals in our soup kitchen; Phyllis is always there. She’s constantly exploring ways to help her community through our HOPE. We are lucky to have her on our team.
We couldn’t do this without you.
Let’s raise a toast for Phyllis!
Hero of HOPE May 18th
If you’ve ever wondered how HOPE manages to get so much food out to the public so quickly, look no further than Terri Gifford. When she’s not flipping houses, Terri spends her days at HOPE helping us feed over 2,000 people weekly. Her work ethic and determination are well-known at HOPE, and when she’s working it’s best to get out of her way.
Terri was recruited into HOPE by another volunteer 7 years ago and hasn’t looked back since. On the rare occasion she may take a break, you can find her playing tennis or relaxing on her deck. Thanks for all you do.
For the foreseeable future, HOPE’s Soup Kitchen will serve dinner Monday-Friday
Additional changes to our schedule until further notice: