Hickory – Exodus Homes’  2016 William Mangum Honor Cards are now available for the holidays. The faith based United Way agency provides supportive housing for homeless recovering people returning to the community from treatment centers and prison. The annual sale of Honor Cards is a primary source of funding for the organization.

William Mangum is a well known Greensboro artist who befriended a homeless man in 1987, and the experience inspired him to use his artistic and publishing skills to make The Honor Card program one of the most effectively managed charitable programs in the country. Within each beautiful annual painting is the subtle image and story of a homeless person. With underwriting support from Wells Fargo Bank along with Mike and Sarah Kearney, The Honor Card program has expanded to thirteen communities in N.C., and has received national attention for helping organizations who serve homeless and needy people. Exodus Homes is The Honor Card program for the Foothills area.

This year’s Honor Card is entitled “Hope in Front of Me”, and was inspired by Psalm 9:18 “God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish”. “Hope is a vital necessity of life–a gift that God wants to give to everyone in a world. We must remind homeless people that what they’re going through isn’t the end of the story…it’s simply the rough journey that leads to the right destination. Solid, stable, sure hope. Hope to press on. Hope to endure. Hope to stay focused. Hope to see new dreams fulfilled”, says Mangum.

honor-card“Hope in Front of Me” Honor Cards are $5.00 each. On the inside, the recipient is informed that someone made a gift to to Exodus Homes in their honor and gives information about the supportive housing program. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of Honor Cards goes to support the operating expenses of Exodus Homes. Today, The Honor Card program is in it’s 29th year, and has raised over six million dollars  to support homeless and needy people in our state. “We have been getting calls for weeks about the 2016 Honor Card. It has become a gift-giving tradition in this area, and the funds we raise are vital to meet our annual budget goals,” says the Rev. Reggie Longcrier, executive director of Exodus Homes.

The “Hope in Front of Me” Exodus Homes Honor Card can be purchased online at www.exodushomes.org or at the following locations:

Exodus Homes 122 8th Ave Dr. SW Hickory 28602

Exodus Works  510 1st Ave SW Hickory 28602

Taste Full Beans Coffee House    29 2nd St NW, Hickory, NC 28601

SALT Block Gift Shop 243 3rd Ave NE Hickory 28601

Catawba County Chamber of Commerce 1055 Southgate Corporate Park SW, Hickory, NC 28602

EcoDental 300 29th Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601

Packets of cards for sale and display easels are available for local churches and businesses who would like to support Exodus Homes by participating in The Honor Card program.

For more information about helping sell or purchasing “Hope in Front of me” Honor Cards, please contact the Rev. Susan Walker at 828-962-8196 or revsusanwalker@gmail.com. A video about this year’s card can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KArHXydsFwk

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