"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."
Hope 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.