In December 2011, Huber & Associates made a commitment to participate in monthly themed dinners for the Salvation Army in Jefferson City. Pam Kroeger got the idea off the ground and recruited other fellow employees to brainstorm ideas on how the company could help.
“Part of our company’s mission is to help others, and the Center of Hope has allowed us to exceed our expectations. It’s truly amazing to interact with residents and guests on a monthly basis. It has made a tremendous difference in my life over the last year, and it has made us all, including the residents, have fun and feel good,” Pam Kroeger says.
A different employee takes the lead on planning the monthly meal and coming up with the holiday themed activity. Themed activities have included an Easter egg hunt, balloon popping contest, jewelry making party and movie charades. The Huber crew cooks throughout the day and heads over to serve at 4:30 p.m.
“One thing that I believe the world needs more of is smiles. When we share our famous “frog launcher” game we bring smiles to every face. The kids and adults alike love this game, and the surprise and amazement shows in each of them. Shrieking and giggling is music to my ears, and I love being a part of this team effort. Each month I’m reminded of what huge results can come from little energy,” Brenda Engelbrecht says.
“Donating time once a month for such a worthy cause has made me a better person, even if it means wearing a hairnet,” Rob Johnson says.
Immediately after joining Team Huber in February 2012, Angela Woods began contributing to the monthly dinners. “When a Center of Hope guest comes to you and tells you that they continuously pray for our company to receive good blessings because we have blessed so many people there, you know you’re making a huge difference,” she says.
Center of Hope shelter director, Deborah Goldman, reflects on the commitment from Huber & Associates. “Typically the face to face time with our guests is tremendous with the community, but with Huber & Associates I have found it is not face-to-face but heart-to-heart. When they meet people heart-to-heart like they do, they bring joy to a situation that is not joyful and it is an enormous blessing to them and to our guests,” she says.
Center of Hope is a 40-bed shelter for homeless men, women and families with children. In fact, it is the only shelter in our area where parents and their children, along with single men and women can live and work to overcome their homelessness. Center of Hope is proud to be a United Way of Central Missouri agency, and Huber & Associates is happy to be a contributor to them and many other United Way agencies through the Pacesetter program.