Henderson Dispatch Editorial

posted Sep 19, 2016, 1:56 PM by Jane King

People like Kenny Blackwell and Darryl Jones remind us of why we need safety nets in our society and the value of being given a second chance.

Both Blackwell and Jones are the new co-managers at the emergency men’s shelter. They know the path the shelter’s residents are traveling. Both Blackwell and Jones have been homeless and got their lives back on track with the help of others. Both men also now want to help others who find themselves in similar circumstances.

The men’s emergency shelter serves a vital role in this community, along with Hope House, which provides transitional housing (and through which Jones traveled on his way back to a more stable life).

The shelter opens its doors Nov. 1 through March 31, with intake from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The men staying must leave by 6:30 a.m.

Our one wish would be that the shelter could keep its doors open longer, but it requires a lot of community support to do just what it is doing now.

Volunteers are needed to staff the shelter overnight. The men receiving assistance from the shelter need toiletries, food and minimal clothing items. It takes monetary donations to keep the lights on and to buy supplies.

For some, the shelter will just be a temporary stop as they pass through, or a bed on an occasional night that is too raw to stand. But for others — like Blackwell and Jones — the reminder that people care about them, that there is help and hope may help guide them back to a more stable life, with family and friends surrounding them.

Blackwell’s and Jones’ stories offer insight and help promote understanding. We hope people in the community will get to know them through volunteering at the shelter and also as members of our community. Their stories are the most compelling motivation for supporting services offered by the men’s shelter; they are proof the shelter and Hope House provide hope for the future.

Season Kick off

posted Sep 19, 2016, 1:29 PM by Jane King

We gathered on 9/15 to celebrate our past, thank our volunteers, and review exciting changes for the upcoming season.
We gathered on September 15 for a banquet celebrating our volunteers and reviewing plans for our upcoming season.   

Darryl Jones and Kenny Blackwell will be co-managers with support and guidance from Joel Rice - we believe this will add needed structure and connection for our guests and volunteers.  

The Sign is Up!

posted Dec 17, 2015, 7:08 AM by Jane King

Hope House Grand Opening!

posted Mar 6, 2015, 5:55 PM by Jane King   [ updated Mar 16, 2015, 7:06 PM ]


Community Partners of Hope is now opening our transitional housing unit that will operate in addition to the emergency shelter. The house which was gifted to us by a member of the community will be known as Hope House. This residence will offer the next level of assistance to a select group of men who show promise of once again becoming self-sufficient contributors to our community. Once admitted to Hope House, these men will be assigned trained mentors, and will receive the resources, encouragement, and guidance needed for them to one day live in homes of their own.

The public is cordially invited to join us for a ribbon cutting, dedication, and open house on March 24, 2015. Our celebration will begin at First Presbyterian Church at 4:30 p.m., where we will worship and give thanks for five years of successful emergency shelter operation. Those who are able will then walk to the corner of Chestnut and Horner Streets for the rest of our festivities. The ribbon cutting and dedication will begin there at 5:15 p.m. An open house with refreshments being served will follow. 

Most of us are looking forward to the warmer days of spring. One group of our citizens will be most happy to greet warmer weather, and I am referring to men without homes. Community Partners of Hope and our many supporters have helped some of these men make it through a rough winter by providing refuge at our emergency shelter. Only God can know what sort of hardship and danger might have befallen these men if there was no shelter. How would Henderson and Vance County be impacted were there no shelter? Would these men be safe? How would these men survive? Would some of them succumb to unsavory or illegal behavior in order to survive? What would the costs be to our community? Fortunately, there is a shelter!

Frances Abbott Burton Powers Endowment

posted Sep 21, 2014, 10:58 AM by Jane King

We are grateful for a grant received in August 2014 from the Frances Abbott Burton Powers Endowment, a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation.   This grant will help meet the many expenses for the Shelter and Hope House.
Preston Powers presents $5,000 grant from the Frances Abbot Burton Powers Fund to Ron Cava, Chairman of the Board of Directors, while Pastor Joseph Ratliff, Keith Benze, Charles Turrentine, Jr., and Jane King look on. This is a big boost to our budget, but we need more to be able to operate in the black!

Preston Powers presents $5,000 grant from the Frances Abbot Burton Powers Fund to Ron Cava, Chairman of the Board of Directors, while Pastor Joseph Ratliff, Keith Benze, Charles Turrentine, Jr., and Jane King look on. This is a big boost to our budget, but we need more to be able to operate in the black!

Photos from Fundraiser at 220 Seafood

posted Apr 24, 2014, 11:28 AM by Jane King

We raised over $4000 thanks to many volunteers who sold tickets and worked in the kitchen, driveway, takeout, cash register, pouring drinks, seating customers, dipping slaw, bussing tables, and much much more!

Shelter to Open on November 1 - Please help us prepare!

posted Oct 17, 2013, 1:39 PM by Jane King

We need volunteers for supervision and meals (see Shelter Calendar at left)

We need a gently used recliner for the supervisors to use for overnight.

We are in desperate need of 10 to 15 cots!! (Does anyone have any suggestions as to how/where we can find some cots?)


       We are in desperate need of Deodorant, (for the toiletry kits). We need 200 to 300 individual deodorants.

            We need: Coffee, Sugar (NO CREAMER as we have plenty), Paper towels, Toilet Paper, Towels and wash cloths.


            Other items that will be helpful on an on-going basis are: bleach, blankets, men’s socks (new), men’s underwear (new), new insulated underwear, gently used or new winter coats (would be nice to keep a few on hand at all times to have available when needed).


            Items can be brought to the office of First Baptist Church, or to Charles Turrentine, Director of the Shelter.

Donated Property!!!!

posted Jan 4, 2013, 11:18 AM by Jane King   [ updated Feb 13, 2013, 7:42 AM ]


Huge thanks go to Mrs. Nell Wiggins who has donated a two story house at the corner of Chestnut and Horner Streets (across from Mast Drugs) to Community Partners of Hope.   

We are still working on a long range plan for the best uses of the property (office, counseling center, intermediate housing, etc) and much depends on zoning issues, but the house holds great promise!

There are some structural issues that need to be addressed regardless of how we use the building and we will need to do some repairs and painting.


Shelter Supervisor/Director

posted Oct 3, 2012, 12:14 PM by Jane King   [ updated Oct 8, 2012, 10:12 AM ]

Charles Turrentine, Jr.

Charles Turrentine, Jr has accepted the position of Shelter Supervisor/Director.   Charles has been an active volunteer providing supervision and other services for several years and is well qualified for the position.   He will serve on a volunteer basis and will need lots of support to fill all of the volunteer slots for supervision, meals, and more.   
You can reach Charles at  dir.cpoh@gmail.com or (252)820-0701   

Volunteer data base

posted Sep 12, 2012, 11:42 AM by Jane King   [ updated Sep 12, 2012, 7:47 PM ]

Please take a minute to put your information into our volunteer data base.   This will give us one central place for contact information and availability for scheduling.    If you have not already answered our questionnaire, please
click HERE or on the "Get Involved!" tab above.

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