Tables were decorated for each month of the year and volunteers sat at the table of their birthday. The supper is organized to express Hope House’s appreciation to its volunteers for their service to Hope House and the community. The fellowship is always good.
The entertainment was Troy Hoffman. He shared his talent of song and accompanied himself on his miniature ukulele.
Representatives of the clothing area at Hope House presented a game of “What is it?” — which focused on a collection of items received at Hope House. They were unique items that had guests guessing.
Part of the celebration involved announcing Hope House’s Volunteer of the Year: Pat Hayden. Her husband, Bob, was able to come and share in the honor.
“Hope House is proud of all of our volunteers. They volunteer at Hope House because they wish to help others,” Mary Lois Yates, Hope House director, said. “Pat serves on the Hope House board, and on the Trust Fund committee. Pat chooses to serve in the food pantry. Pat also brings her church’s (Sacred Heart) donations to Hope House. We enjoy Pat’s quite, pleasant, and fun loving spirit.”
The Haydens grew up in Ottawa, but later lived in Overland Park, Portland, Oregon, Little Rock, Arkansas, and Wichita.
“We moved back to Ottawa after being away for 35 years in 2001,” Pat Hayden said. “Shortly after, I began volunteering at my church, Sacred Heart, helping with funeral dinners. But I also wanted to get involved in the community. My aunt, Alice Crawford, has been a volunteer for many years at Hope House and I got some information from her about Hope House and reasons she volunteered there. It sounded like something I was interest in doing myself.”
“I volunteer in the food pantry and also bring the food donations from church each week,” she said. “We start each morning in a circle with clients and volunteers for a moment of prayer and a chance to share a concern or thanks. As a volunteer, I feel like I am making a difference in the community and it is an opportunity to help others. Plus we all benefit when we volunteer.”