During its annual Night Of Hope on Thursday, October 12, the Community of Hope in Washington, D.C., raised over $400,000 – celebrating “Hope Across the City.”
Bob Sloan, for 25 years the CEO of Sibley Hospital, pictured here between me and Kelly Sweeney McShane, the C/H director for the past 17 years, received the annual Tom Nees Award for Exceptional Service. Bob was the founding board chairman in 1980 and has remained an engaged supporter in the years since. He joined with me and others to start this faith-based ministry among the city’s neediest residents.
The Community of Hope has become one of Washington’s most respected full-service charities – during the past year providing transitional housing to over 1,000 homeless families and health care to 10,000 patients at several locations all across the city.
With the right kind of intervention it is possible to break the cycle of poverty for individuals, families and neighborhoods. But it takes more than money and programs, as important as those are, to bring about personal and social transformation.
Faith communities bring hope without which little changes for the better. Servant leaders like Bob Sloan, director Kelly Sweeney McShane and the entire Community of Hope family of staff, volunteers and generous contributors are the difference makers.
I am honored for this annual Exceptional Service award to be offered in my name. May this legacy continue to give hope to the needy and inspire others to serve where needed.