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    Much to be Thankful for!

    This new year is one more year of watching and seeing what can happen in the lives of people who are given trust and a home to live in.  A time for getting to know them and understand the cause of their pain that brought them to our door.  Friends needing a hand up to recover, gaining the strength required to return to a world where they can be self-sufficient.  As kind neighbors reach out to touch their lives, it is easy to see that even guests with bad attitudes and hard hearts begin to soften in the hope of recovery.

    As Mark Twain wisely said "Always do right.  This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."  Thank you for being one of those who have astonished many broken people through your kindness to them.  Bob and I recognize with very grateful hearts that A Ray of Hope would not be a place of refuge and hope were it not for all the donations that make it possible to keep A Ray of Hope's doors open to people who have burned all other bridges in their lives as well as those who have fallen through the cracks of any help by no fault of their own.
    We are so thankful to each one of you that has given a hand up to a hurting neighbor.
    Bob and Peggy


    Fish Fry and Fundraiser!

    Greetings 'Flathead Southerners' & Friends!
    'YEEEHAWWW... Y'ALL!!' Mark your calendars!... it's almost that time again! Our Flathead Southerner's 20th Annual CATFISH FRY & Gatherin' is Sunday, June 26, 2016. 'Social Hour' begins at 4:30 pm, the 'All-You-Can-Eat' Buffet  begins at5:30 pm & the 'Program' (raffle drawings, silent auction closings, etc.) begins by 6:30 pm. See details, menu & prices on attached flyer.
    *Location - Vista Linda Restaurant-Pavilion 240 Boon Road, Somers, MT overlooking beautiful Flathead Lake. The food is prepared byVista Linda Catering with the special buffet menu using authentic 'Southern' family recipes with 12+ different items. All our old favorites are back such as Cajun Gumbo, Fried Okra & Jambalaya! Every year many folks say,'Please don't change a THING!'... so we try not to! TWO serving lines minimize waiting. No advance meal "tickets" are sold, simply pay at the buffet line by cash, check or credit card. PLEASE CALL EARLY FOR RESERVATIONS to Vista Linda @ (406) 857-3158... by Friday, June 24. (200 maximum seating under covered pavilion + 100 outside seating)  
    If you'd like to donate prize items or Gift Certificates for our popular *Raffle & Silent Auction Benefit*, I'd be happy to give you a free 'advertising plug' in front of an expected 250-300+ attendees! (Last year was over $10,000 retail value in donations!) If you would like to volunteer to help solicit donations for prizes, I'd greatly appreciate the help. It's never too early to start asking for donations, so please let me know ASAP @ (406) 250-4117 or by email. (Gift Certificates are very popular and get customers into your business!)
    *2016 BENEFICIARY:
     of the proceeds from the 2016 Raffle & Silent Auction will once again be donated to benefit the planned new Women & Children's Shelter for 'A Ray of Hope', a Shelter, Thrift Store and transitional living program organized in 1999 in Kalispell. The organization is Christian-based and 100% volunteer run. The mission of 'A Ray of Hope' is to provide shelter and basic needs for people in need, while fostering self-respect and human dignity. "A hand up, not a handout." For more info, visit their website athttp://www.arayofhopemontana.com Checks for donations & raffle tickets made directly to 'A Ray of Hope', a 501(c)3 non-profit corp., are fully tax-deductible.

    PLEASE consider helping this wonderful organization with a generous donation &/or buying a bunch of raffle tickets at our event which will be priced at $5 each or $20 for 6 or $50 for 20. If you can't attend, donations may be mailed to A Ray of Hope, P.O. Box 5407, Kalispell, MT 59903. The main shelter & offices are located at 46 5th Ave W. Kalispell, MT. THANK YOU! 

    The 'Program' & raffle drawings will start about 6:30 & should be over by 8:00 pm. Please plan to stay for it ALL! Please help spread the word... tell all your 'Southern' friends & 'Southern Food Lovers'. As I've said every year,"You don't HAVE to be 'Southern' to attend, but it helps you to understand the jokes!" 
    Feel free to forward this e-mail to all you know and to even print off the attached 'Flyer' & post on your neighborhood or work bulletin boards. I hope to see 'All Y'all' there for this year's 'Fun, Food & Fellowship'! Feel free to wear your 'Southern' shirts & caps. 'Y'ALL COME, YA HEAR?!' 
    Best "Southern" Regards

    Looking for help with basement

    Please pray for the old fashion house raising for A Ray of Hope Women's/Children's to continue,and being able to open the doors in 2017 or before. 
    A Ray of Hope is grateful to the men who made it possible to get the old house torn down, by donating their time and recourses. Robert Brown who survey the property, Ron Schlegel did the demolition, LHC hauled the old away, Ed Hankinson trucking hauled Ron’s equipment, and Ron then he smoothed and cleaned the property for building. Thanks to these kind and men and their crews, we now are working on the next stage, getting the foundation and basement done.
    The following is a list of what we need to get the next staged done. Please give A Ray of Hope a call 755-4673 or myself at 260-8084 if you can help in labor or product and knowledge.
    Foundation Walls:
    168 lineal feet of footings 20" x 10". I've had foundation men tell me that they like the footings to be 24" wide since we have a two story home.
    168 lineal feet of 8' foundation wall.
    We need someone to do the form work, the rebar reinforcing steel (I'll let them tell us how much steel we need in the footings and wall), and the concrete pump to pump the concrete into the forms and the concrete.
    Concrete Floor:
    1300 square feet of floor poured at 4" and 80 feet of turn downs (at 24" wide x 8" deep) for bearing load areas.
    1 roll of 20 x 100 6 mil black plastic.
    72 sticks of 1/2" x20' rebar for reinforcing the slab and turn downs.
    We will need concrete, concrete pump and concrete finishers for pouring the floor.
    We will need to place pea gravel under the floor prior to pouring.


    New Women and Children Shelter

    A Ray of Hope is about caring for men, women and children who are homeless and needy, thus breaking the cycle by demonstrating God’s love and providing a ray of hope with a hand up, not a hand out. This helps to build dignity and respect one heart at a time.
    "A Ray of Hope" plans to construct a new Women's & Children's Shelter across the street from the current shelter. The project will require demolition of the house that currently sits on the property. Our hope is for help with the demolition of the existing house and construction of the new facility. There is a need for skilled and unskilled labor, construction materials, and financial donations.
    Our prayer, and we hope it is yours also is that the people of God in the Flathead Valley will come together to make this project a reality in 2016."CALLING ALL ANGELS"...Carpenters, Electricians, Plumbers, Dry Wallers, Painters and those with funds to give. Matthew 25:31-40 alludes to us providing shelter & food to those in need. I know the Heart of Jesus in the Flathead will come through. "Talent search begins Today". For information on how you can help call (406) 755-4673

    To donate online please go to https://www.gofundme.com/34sfvpkk


    Where does the money come from?

    It comes from churches, business and people in the community, like you, who want to invest in the future of others less fortunate. If you have a Paypal account and would like to donate, please enter the amount and click the "Donate" button.




    A Ray of Hope is dedicated to helping those in our community who need help. No one is ever turned away from our doors in normal circumstances. A Ray of Hope operates under Biblical principles, We seek to minister the love of God in very practical ways to those who need it most. We desire to heal the hurting and provide help for the hopeless. To reflect God's goodness and express His love, is our desire.

    A Ray of Hope is a non-profit trust administered by an independent board of trustees made up of concerned citizens in our community.

    You can contribute to A Ray of Hope through this website, or mailing your tax deductible  gifts to secured Box 5407 Kalispell, Montana 59903

    May God bless you as you help us give the needful a hand up...not a hand out.


    What Does A Ray of Hope Do?

    A Ray of Hope started  in 1999 in a second hand store on Hwy 2 east in Kalispell MT and in no time people began showing up off the streets asking for help and a safe place to sleep. Mattresses were put on the floor, warm food cooked and clothes provided.
    Our ministry has grown into one shelter and a Thrift store.  Our goal is to share God’s love in giving a hand up not a hand out. We work to help our neighbors to break the cycle of Homelessness in the following ways:  We provide shelter; We help keep families with children in their homes, Provide education in computer and retail skills. In our hand up not a hand out motto; they give back hours a day and receive on the job training while self documenting hours worked to acquire job skills and good work ethics. We provide bus tickets to get those who have lost their home safely home to family members who can get them back on their feet. We take in pregnant  women off the streets until they can be provided a safe home. We have a Mountain Retreat offered at no cost to those coming off drugs and alcohol to spend time in an intense 12 step program.
     A Thrift store to provide needed clothing and house hold items for people who have lost everything sometimes due to their own poor choice or to fire and other issues they had not control over such as a husband and father waking up one morning and putting his family on the streets while he leaves with anything of value. Taking mental health people and giving them a place to live as they stabilize.

    Who is A Ray of Hope?

    A Ray of Hope is made up of your friends and neighbors, and we hope you will join us too. A Ray of Hope is operated by 100% volunteer service! A Ray of Hope has zero payroll! Every penny goes where it's needed, not in somebody's pocket or a corporate overhead. All benefits go to this community.


    What about other groups that do the same thing?

    The need is far greater than the resources, just look around you. The need is readily apparent. To even make a dent in the needs around us it will take a cooperative effort, composed of government and private agencies, law enforcement and churches.

    Society has shifted the burden of these needs back to local communities and churches. A Ray of Hope exists totally to serve these needs. As more and more people come our way our need of funds, friends, and other resources grows.

    A Ray of Hope operates simply and without fanfare and it needs your help to continue providing these vital services to our community.

    Please call (406) 755-4673 or check us out at 46th 5th Ave W.