The President’s Message

“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.” Hungry not only for bread – but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing – but naked of human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a home of bricks – but homeless because of rejection.” ~Mother Teresa, Catholic Missionary and Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

With the reading of those wise words we began our December board meeting and what a positive and exciting meeting it was.

It started out with the announcements of the many new donations that have come in. Betty Myers, St. Marks Knights of Columbus, The Women of St. David, Oakmont Country Club, and a very generous donation by Michael and Sue Tenny  were reported. For a complete listing of the many contributions, please go to our donor page. We are humbled by the community’s generosity and pledge to use them wisely.

Our facilities team reported our sprinkler and fire systems are near completion and we hope to be allowed to open soon. They are near hiring an architect who will design our phase two expansion.

Betty Kay told of plans to open the MKOC on Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Years Eve, and New Years Day. Go to the volunteer page and sign up if you can. What a spiritual way to spend some holiday time!

Our grant committee is hard at work securing applications for grants we qualify for. The communications committee is designing a new plan to improve our methods of spreading the works and needs of the MKOC to the people in a more efficient and complete format. Plans are beginning for our capital campaign this winter, which will fund our Phase two expansion.

So much is happening for us to be thankful for. MKOC will open soon. Check the website for updates and for ways you can get involved.

With all of us working together we can be a living example of Mother Teresa’s words.

Merry Christmas,

-Roy Metzler, President

Betty Kay, Executive Director

Betty Kay, Executive Director

 FROM THE DESK OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

My New Year’s Resolution was to stop procrastinating.  I can tell you right now that I have failed miserably, as evidenced by the lateness of this letter.  I do have a good excuse.  Since we last talked, the shelter has been open for business twenty-nine nights.  We have had in excess of 80 guests stay with us with 23 volunteers working over 1500 hours.  We are averaging around 38 guests per night including three families with children ranging from1 week old to 17 years old.  Our oldest guest will be 80 in October.  Some of our guests have even been of the four-legged variety.  Homeless people have pets too ya know.

It grieves me to say this but several of our guests, including men and women, are veterans.  How sad is it that these brave souls who have fought to protect our freedom are now homeless and in need of a hot meal and warm bed.  I would think that we, as a nation, could do better than this for our men and women in the armed forces.

You may wonder why we do this.  When I say we, I mean the volunteers.  The first thing that comes to mind is how rewarding this work is.  Several volunteers have remarked on how appreciative our guests are of even the smallest gesture. Something I have noticed too is how supportive they are of each other.  It truly makes my heart proud.

Speaking of Volunteers, or should I say Donors……Mom’s on Main, in Aubrey: Metzler’s, in Denton; Cartwright’s on the Square; Nick’s Italian Restaurant in Pilot Point; and Miguelito’s Restaurant in Sanger have gone above and beyond donating some of the best meals I have ever eaten.  I hope that when you frequent these fine restaurants, you thank them for their generous contributions.

If you would like to volunteer, we would love to have you join us in this most worthy of causes.  You can click on the Volunteer Spot button and sign up.  You may not believe this, but we have a lot of fun!

Betty Kay

Executive Director