Hickory – Exodus Homes’ 2018 William Mangum Honor Cards are now available for the holidays. The faith-based United Way agency provides supportive housing for homeless recovering people returning to the community from treatment centers and prison. The annual sale of Honor Cards is a primary source of funding for the organization. William Mangum is a well known Greensboro artist who befriended a homeless man in 1987, and the experience inspired him to use his artistic and publishing skills to make The Honor Card program one of the most effectively managed charitable programs in the country.

Within each beautiful annual painting is the subtle image and story of a homeless person. With underwriting support from Wells Fargo Bank along with Mike and Sarah Kearney, The Honor Card program has expanded to thirteen communities in N.C., and has received national attention for helping organizations who serve homeless and needy people. Exodus Homes is The Honor Card program for the Foothills area.

This year’s Honor Card is entitled “Almost Home”. Mangum explained his inspiration for this year’s card saying “In reflecting on this year’s Honor Card ‘Almost Home’, it is filled with the serenity and peacefulness we find in a snow laden landscape. It also reminds us that we are merely on a journey. Truth be known, we are never really at home here on earth. We are simply passing through. If we come to that understanding, I believe that it helps us cope with many of the hardships and challenges we face along life’s path. I take heart knowing that if we trust in the Lord, He will provide for his people on a physical and emotional basis during a time of hardship.”

“Almost Home” Honor Cards are $5 each. On the inside, the recipient is informed that someone made a gift to to Exodus Homes in their honor, and gives information about the supportive housing program. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of Honor Cards goes to support the operating expenses of Exodus Homes.

Today, The Honor Card program is in it’s 31st year, and has raised over five million dollars  to support homeless and needy people in our state. “People have been requesting 2018 Honor Cards for the past few weeks, and they are here! It has become a gift-giving tradition in this area, and the funds we raise are a primary source of funding for Exodus Homes. Many are aware of our successful capital campaign this year but those funds cannot be used for operating expenses.

Honor Card sales will be a primary source of funds for the upcoming year” says the Rev. Susan Walker, assistant executive director of Exodus Homes. The “Almost Home” Exodus Homes Honor Card can be purchased online at www.exodushomes.org by clicking on the “Donate” button and putting “Honor Cards” in the line for “Special Instructions for the Seller.”

They can also be purchased at the following locations: Exodus Homes Housing Program 122 8th Ave Dr. SW, Hickory 28602; Exodus Homes Offices and New Life Thrift Store,  610 4th St. SW, Hickory 28602; Taste Full Beans Coffee House  29 2nd St NW, Hickory, NC 28601; SALT Block Gift Shop 243 3rd Ave NE, Hickory 28601; Catawba County Chamber of Commerce 1055 Southgate Corporate Park SW, Hickory, NC 28602; EcoDental 300 29th Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601.

Packets of cards for sale and display easels are available for local churches and businesses who would like to support Exodus Homes by participating in The Honor Card program. For more information about helping sell or purchasing “Almost Home” Honor Cards, please contact the Rev. Susan Walker at 828-962-8196 or [email protected]. A video about this year’s card can be seen at  www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaeuROj62Zw.

“Almost Home” Exodus Honor cards by William Mangum