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"Guests of Honor" Invited to Community Outreach Event Saturday in Springfield

Convoy of Hope

An event Saturday, June 2, in Springfield is designed to give struggling people in Southwest Missouri a fun day out while also providing them with valuable services and support.

Convoy of Hope will host a Community Outreach at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

According to Convoy of Hope spokesman, Jeff Nene, the event will offer things like haircuts, health screenings, kids’ activities, free groceries and family portraits.  The National Breast Cancer Foundation will teach women how to self screen.  And there will be an area where veterans can find services available to them.  

Nene said it’s a chance for people to have a day free from poverty.

"It's a day that they can have fun with their family and then it's a day that they can find services  that they need and then in the end go home with a lot of free stuff," said Nene.

The last outreach event in Springfield, two years ago, served around 8,000 people.  Nene said they see all kinds of people—from the homeless and unemployed to the working poor, which is a growing demographic in many cities across the country.

"They have jobs they go to everyday, but it's still tough.  They have a tough time putting food on the table some weeks," he said.

Convoy of Hope calls each person who attends the Community Outreach a "guest of honor."  Nene said they want to make people feel welcome.

"We want every guest that comes to this event to feel like an honored guest in our home," he said, "so there's no stigma or no pity  or anything like that, but it's really an opportunity  for them to come and just enjoy the day."

Gates will open at 10 Saturday morning, and Nene encourages people to arrive early.  Water will be available on site, but Nene encourages people to take their own.  

He describes the event as a hand up—not a hand out.

Convoy of Hope holds 30 to 40 outreach events each year across the country, according to Nene.

Find more information here.  

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.