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A new start at life at Gabriel’s Horn

2013-09-25T00:00:00Z A new start at life at Gabriel’s HornRobin Wilkening Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Our world seems very weary these days, and people have a hard time going on, but angels give me comfort that life will get better. Whenever God was working in someone’s life in the Bible, an angel would visit them.

In the book “Prophecies,“ it states, “For storms will rage and oceans roar, when Gabriel stands on sea and shore, and as he blows his wondrous horn, old worlds die and new are born."

It doesn’t come as a surprise to me then that Porter County’s homeless shelter would be named after Gabriel, a guardian angel from the Old Testament.

Gabriel’s Horn Homeless Shelter is a place we have counted on to help our neighbors in need. Many people go without food and shelter all over this world every day; thank God we have a place where people can let their old worlds die and start a anew.

Gabriel’s Horn is a shelter providing safe, secure and temporary shelter and basic necessities of life for homeless women and mothers with children. At the shelter they give the homeless an opportunity to complete their education, referrals to other agencies that help and a stable, structured living environment. Gabriel’s Horn found themselves the only homeless shelter in Porter County and they persevered through it all.

Gabriel’s Horn’s board was formed in 2003 and in less than a year from that they maintained two buildings that housed people in one and stored furniture and other items for their clients once they get out on their own in the other. Just a few years after that they were able to acquire three more rental properties to help their progress in aiding our homeless. Their mission also includes empowering women to become self-sufficient by collaboration with the community and giving them the tools such as education and counseling. They have become more than a bed in our community. They are now instrumental in getting these women educated with job skills and learning how to cook healthy meals at home for their families.

Their contacts and networking throughout the community have continued to grow for the good of the organization and the community under the leadership of Executive Director Mignon Kennedy. Heaven knows the issue of homelessness is a huge undertaking for any organization, but with the help of community and many other organizations with similar goals, Gabriel’s Horn has been a great blessing in Portage Township and the whole of Porter County. Many lives have been blessed and continue to go forward with the help they receive from Gabriel’s Horn.

While Gabriel’s Horn does benefit from community organizations and foundations, they also participate in fundraisers to produce funds for the shelter. This Saturday they will be one of the beneficiaries of the Homeward Bound Community Walk in Michigan City. Step off time at Washington Park is 10 a.m. Registrations are accepted both before and after the step off. The walk is based on donations for each walker or registrant and you can also register online at www.UFLC.net/homewardboundwalk. If you have pledges but cannot attend the walk; make sure you check Gabriel’s Horn as your choice and send them in to Homeward Bound-LaPorte County, c/o Unity Foundation, PO Box 527, Michigan City, IN., 46360

Don’t miss this great event for the many angels of Gabriel, who have made such a huge difference in the quality of life in our community!

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