A Letter from our President      

It’s finally that time we have all been looking forward to for nearly a year, and in one special building there is a lot going on! Listen closely and you can hear the sounds of the season; hammers flying, saws cutting, people working.
      There is a excitement in the air with great anticipation of what it will look like when it’s opened… Oh, not Santa’s workshop- though i’m sure it’s busy. I’m talking about at the MKOC! This week construction began on our long waited expansion. When finished, we will grow from our present 40 beds to nearly 100, from one shower to 10, from zero activity and counseling areas to several. All pointed toward the goal of not just sheltering those in need, but helping them to improve their lives and get out of the homeless cycle.
        While that is making for an exciting future at the MKOC, much is going on now.We will continue to operate during the construction process. On Saturday the 10th, we will hold an open house from 10-2. Stop by, take a tour of our facility, and see first hand the good we do. Bring a few goodies such as coats or blankets when you do!
        We will be open from December 24th through January the 3rd. We feel that all should have a warm and caring place of comfort to go to, especially at this time of the year.What a great time for new volunteers to sign up; come feel the joy of giving and helping those in need.
        And finally, to the many people and groups that have donated money, items, and their time to the MKOC this past year, we give you a heartfelt thank you!!! Without you we could not exist, much less expand. From all of the MKOC board, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year.   

Roy Metzler

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