Tony

One more reason to partner with organizations like Convoy of Hope.

The Haynes’ Story from Convoy of Hope on Vimeo.

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Bright colors flooded the parking lot of city hall in Roswell, Ga., where a Convoy of Hope community outreach was well underway. Inflatable bounce houses, rides, games and balloons welcomed children to the sprawling kid’s area.

Large striped tents housed volunteers who offered medical screenings, job placement assistance, haircuts, family portraits, prayer and connection to local churches, agencies and organizations.

One family of volunteers knew exactly what it was like to be an honored guest at the outreach because two years earlier they were homeless and had come to the distribution site for help … and hope.

They received both.

Tony, a volunteer, can’t stop his eyes from filling with emotion as he recounts how he moved his wife and three children to Atlanta more than five years ago to establish a construction business with partners.

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“Contracts stopped coming,” he says. “I couldn’t pay the mortgage … couldn’t feed my family. I lost my house. We ended up living in our car.”

At night during months of homelessness Tony watched his children huddle together to stay warm in the car. “It was real despair,” he says of the experience. “I kept asking myself, ‘Was it my fault? How did this happen?’”

Tony heard that Convoy of Hope was distributing free groceries and decided to attend the outreach in Roswell.

“People were genuinely concerned about our situation and wanting to help,” recalls Tony.

A group of volunteers at the outreach went above and beyond their duties to help Tony find a job, a home and furnishings. They also helped enroll his children in school.

“At the outreach my life completely changed,” he says.

Tony

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