By Tatiana Ortiz
Sometimes individuals are faced with a challenge, but have an uncertainty on where to turn. That is where prayer comes in and can change everything because it is powerful. Founder Pamela McMenamy Stamey from Home Makers of Hope can relate when it comes to prayer because she said it is part of their ministry.
Home Makers of Hope is a 501 (c)(3) faith based non-profit organization. The organization helps low income families furnish their homes. This is a service that Home Makers of Hope provides at no cost. The organization has two warehouses. There is a 5,000 sq.ft. warehouse in Tampa and another 3,500 sq.ft one in Brandon, which is their original location. Home Makers of Hope furnished the new home of Evelyn Adams Bartlett and David “Rocky” Bartlett, the homeless couple who were recently given the wedding of their dreams by the community. The organization participated in Give Day Tampa Bay 2016.
“Home Makers of Hope has completed close to 3,000 homes for families,” said Stamey.
There is a process in order for families to get their home fully equipped. Families are referred to Home Makers of Hope through case workers from numerous social service agencies. There are specific guidelines and qualifications that one must meet in order to be eligible.
With that in mind, the Home Makers of Hope team consists of 40 volunteers. Students can also volunteer for the summer in return for community service hours. Pick up and delivery is something the organization offers as a free service. Mondays and Thursdays are pick up days and Tuesdays and Wednesdays are delivery days. The organization has three box trucks and is in need of more truck drivers. Gently used household items and furniture can also be donated to Home Makers of Hope.
“Our goal is to try and change lives. We are really happy to be out there helping families,” said Stamey.
For more information about Home Makers of Hope visit, www.homemakersofhope.com. Or check out the Facebook page bit.ly/1XxsMXe. It is located at 2900 E. 7th Ave.in Tampa. Call 495-3355.