Grand Island Man Honored as Hope Harbor's Volunteer of the Year
"What I love about this organization is that they create
opportunity for the poor. Security cannot be security without
opportunity," said Hope Harbor's Volunteer of the Year R.D. Robertson.
Melissa DeLaet, executive director of Hope Harbor, presented Robertson with a small engraved
plaque of appreciation at Hope Harbor's annual Open House on December 6, 2012.
Robertson, a self-employed businessman, has served the Grand
Island homeless community for years. He purchases produce, dairy products
and other food items and brings them to Hope Harbor daily, enabling the
residents to have solid, balanced meals.
"R.D. has contributed 163
volunteer hours since January, providing food to our families that they might
not otherwise receive," said DeLaet. "He is the consummate volunteer,
quietly going about his work making lives of our residents better -- for this we
cannot thank him enough."
Harbor serves homeless and near-homeless women, children and families by
providing safe shelter, meals, intensive case management and educational
programs to assist residents in becoming self-sufficient.
Hope Harbor, a former convent, is currently home to 37 children and 22 adults.