Letters to the Editor

Efforts for homeless earn island recognition

Congregation Beth Yam was proud to receive the Irving J. Fain Award for Social Justice presented by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. The award recognized the Hunger and Homeless Coalition, an ecumenical, team effort by a number of Hilton Head Island organizations. We're grateful to everyone who supported this effort and made the award possible.

The coalition, now a 501(c)(3) organization, was formed after a community panel discussion in 2010 identified critical needs of many in our area. Panel speakers included the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton mayors, Betsy Doughtie of the Deep Well Project, Jan Smith of the Children's Center, Peggy Warnke of Second Helpings, and representatives from Family Promise and the Beaufort County School District.

The Hunger and Homeless Coalition members are from First Presbyterian Church, St. Luke's Church, St. Andrew By-the-Sea United Methodist Church, Holy Family Catholic Church, St. Francis By the Sea Catholic Church, Congregation Beth Yam, and several social services organizations.

The coalition's board of directors includes Andi Argast, Judie Aronson, Glenn Neff, Twyla Sable, Walt Schymik, Andrea Bhatt Siebold and Janet Weingarten. Many other caring workers help, including Carole Galli, Freddie Hodges, Joe and Sue Kerr, Anita Loeser, Vicky Hunnings and Charlee Pullon.

The Backpack Buddies program and the Homelessness Task Force will soon expand their services, and with community support we will make this a better place in which to live, not only for those in need, but for everyone in the community.

Twyla Sable

chairperson

Hunger and Homeless Coalition

Hilton Head Island

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