Hickory – Exodus Homes’  2017 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 “Rise Up”, and was inspired by Andra Day’s soulful ballad by the same name that reminds each of us of our value and purpose. “We’re not here just to exist; we’re here to impact people and their lives. The song has a powerful message, and it is one that genuinely reinforces the purpose of the Honor Card Program” says Mangum.

“Rise Up” Honor Cards are $5 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 30th year, and has raised over five million dollars  to support homeless and needy people in our state. “We have been getting calls for weeks about the 2017 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. Susan Walker, assistant executive director of Exodus Homes.

The “Rise Up” Exodus Homes Honor Card can be purchased online at www.exodushomes.org by clicking on the “Donate” button 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 “Rise Up” 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=-Uhx1Z4B-0g

Exodus Homes’ 2017 Honor Card