• Point In Time Event January 28 2017 •
By His Hands partnered for the third consecutive year with The Raleigh-Wake Partnership to End & Prevent Homelessness at the annual Point In Time Event. Each year thanks to our supporters, we have been able to provide more and more for our Homeless community. This year we were able to provide 1,500 items of brand new apparel, such as Thermal Socks, Gloves, Stocking Hats, Scarves, Fleece Blankets & Ponchos. We also provided 250 Dental Hygiene Packets, 750 Raleigh Transit One Day Bus passes, and through our partnership with McDonalds provided 250 free meal food coupons. These items were bagged and distributed to twelve different locations within Wake County.
• Point In Time Event January 30 2016 •
By His Hands is extremely grateful and honored, to be invited to partner and participate with The Oak City Outreach Center for the Point in Time Count for the second year in a row on January 30, 2016. The Point In Time is conducted in order to ascertain how many people are homeless in our communities. The count is conducted across the country at the end of January each year and gathers information about persons experiencing homelessness on one given night.
• Thanksgiving Food Distribution 2015 •
By His Hands partnered with Walmart for our Fourth Annual Thanksgiving Food Distribution. We purchased approximately 4,000 pounds of food and we distributed the food to those in need on November 24, 2015. I would like to acknowledge once again our sincerest gratitude to Ms. Misty Amos, Walmart Market Assistant. From our humble beginnings, she has been a champion of our cause and our expanding vision to help those in need. I also want to thank the Walmart Foundation for their financial partnership with by his hands. As I have said many times, I will never be able to properly express my gratitude for all they have done, and all they mean to this foundation.
Once again, we distributed our food from The Salvation's Army's facility on Capital Boulevard. As with Walmart, The Salvation Army has been a wonderful supporter and mentor to by his hands. I want to offer a heartfelt thank you to Ms. Barbara, Christine, Lizzy, Jennifer, Susan, Keisha, Michelle , Lydia , William. I want to personally say to each and everyone that helped and assisted by his hands, thank you for helping us to continue to Make a Stand, with your time, your compassion, your love, your generosity and your kindness. We love you ALL, and are grateful to each one of you for reaching out and truly making a difference!
• Point In Time Event For the Homeless 2015 •
By His Hands was extremely grateful and honored, to be invited to partner and participate with The Oak City Outreach Center for the Point in Time Count, on January 23 through January 24, 2014. The Point In Time is conducted in order to ascertain how many people are homeless in our communities. The count is conducted across the country at the end of January each year and gathers information about persons experiencing homelessness on one given night.During the count, staff and volunteers gather data such as demographic information (including gender and race), causes of homelessness, where persons are sleeping, and subpopulation information (such as veterans, victims of domestic violence, etc.).
Point-in-Time Count data from across North Carolina is compiled by NCCEH. Data from previous counts is available on our PIT data webpage.We provided 400 brand new sweatshirts and distributed them to Churches, Homeless Camps,and The Oak City Outreach CenterThe following excerpt is from Shana Overdorf, Executive Director Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End & Prevent Homelessness
Per HUD, we are required to conduct an annual Point in Time Count (PIT) - the PIT is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. The sheltered count was taken on the night of Friday, January 23 and the unsheltered or "street count" was conducted on Saturday, January 24.We are excited to share that we used the Oak City Outreach Center as one of our sites as well as several other community camps/sites. I want to give special thanks to those that are volunteering on Saturday to help gather this critical community data, to the NCSU graduate evaluation class that will take our data, aggregate it, and help us tell where out gaps/needs to provide the best service continuum we can and to the dozens of agencies that provide incredible services in our community each and everyday.I also want to acknowledge the generosity of By His Hands, Salvation Army, Edenton Street UMC, the Town of Cary and WIHN for supplying incentives for us to hand out to those that we talk to this weekend. I look forward to having this community data to share in March or April. Thank you for all your support in providing more than I could have imagined for those in our community..
• Thanksgiving Food Distribution 2014 •
By His Hands partnered with Walmart for our Third Annual Thanksgiving Food Distribution. We purchased approximately 7,000 pounds of food and we distributed the food to those in need on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 and Thursday November 20, 2014. We prescreened and distributed our food to three families in need, every five minutes for the duration of both days. I would like to acknowledge and offer our most sincere thank you, to Ms. Misty Amos, Walmart Market Assistant. I cannot thank her enough for her oversight, and the coordination of all the food, and especially for her compassion in being a champion of our cause. Because of her, we have developed a partnership with Walmart for our future events, and it is not only a partnership that I am very proud of, but a debt that I will never be able to repay, nor say thank you enough. I would also like to personally thank Mr. Jeff Huges, Walmart Store Manager, and Ms. Kimberly Kirkland, Walmart Food Manager. They and their staff were nothing short of exceptional with all of their help in our largest food distribution to date. From the bottom of our hearts, we say thank you.
The wonderful folks at the Salvation Army invited us to distribute our food out of their new facility. by his hands will never be able to say thank you enough to the Salvation Army. They have embraced and partnered with by his hands from day one, and our relationship with them means more than my heart can put into words. I will never be able to repay them the debt of gratitude for all they have done for by his hands. I want to offer a heartfelt thank you to Major Costas, Paige, Peter, Ms. Barbara, Christine, Ives ,Lizzy, Jennifer, Susan, Keisha, Michelle , Lydia , William, Carlton and Anthony. I want to personally say to each and everyone that helped and assisted by his hands, thank you for helping us Make a Stand, with your time, your compassion, your love, your generosity and your kindness. We love you ALL, and are grateful to each one of you for reaching out and truly making a difference! Without you all, it would have been impossible!
• Project Homeless Connect 2014 •
By His Hands was invited as one of the Non Profit Foundations to participate in this year's "Project Homeless Connect" held on April 25, 2014 at The Salvations Army's new facility at 1863 Capital Boulevard in Raleigh, from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM. Project Homeless Connect was a one day, one stop event connecting homeless people with essential resources, multiple organizations and foundations, and helping them take steps towards better lives. by his hands was both honored and humbled to be asked to not only participate in this wonderful event, but to once again reachout and help those who are in desperate need. We distributed our Backpacks of Hope to the homeless, which included personal toiletries, blankets, poncho's, bottled water, and a nutricious snack pack. What a great day it was, to be part of something so very special, and to help those in need.
• Thanksgiving Food Distribution 2013 •
By His Hands had the priviledge to partner this year with the Salvation Army of Wake County, for our Second Annual Food Distribution. The Salvation Army allowed us to utilize their facility for the screening of those in need, and we also arranged for the families and individuals to pick up their complete Thanksgiving meals at their new facility here in Raleigh. On Monday, November 25th, by his hands sorted, packed, and provided all the food and distributed to individuals in need. We had families scheduled to arrive every five minutes during the day, to pick up their food. On Tuesday November 26th, The Salvation Army performed the same event on their behalf for those in need. It was a great Thanksgiving and it was a very emotional day, as we were able to make a real impact and a difference within our great community. It was also very humbling for by his hands to be able to partner with such a great organization as The Salvation Army. Together we were able to feed approximately 1000 individuals for this Thanksgiving. We would especially like to thank the special people of Duke Energy, who volunteered their time and compassion to by his hands to sort, and pack the Thanksgiving meals. We would also like to give a special thank you to Wilbur Davis who once was homeless for over 10 years, who helped us pack and distribute the meals all day, and in a manner and with a attitude that was an example to us all. Finally, I want to say thank you to all the wonderful folks of the Salvation Army (Paige, Anne, Ms. Barbara, Susan, Christine, Ives and Lizzy). The Salvation Army is a great example of what by his hands is trying to become, and it would have not been possible without their dedicated efforts.
• Thanksgiving Food Distribution 2012 •
By His Hands provided and distributed 2,400 Thanksgiving Meals this Thanksgiving to four separate communities within Clayton NC.
2,400 pounds of Turkeys
175 pounds of Cranberry Sauce
363 pounds of Green Beans
381 pounds of Corn
131 pounds of Cream Mushroom
75 pounds of Fried Onions
75 pounds of Stuffing
363 pounds of Sweet Potatoes
200 pounds of Brown Sugar
131 pounds of Marshmallows
338 pounds of Pumpkin Pies
500 pounds of Dinner rolls
by his hands was able to distribute a total of 5,100 pounds or 2.6 tons of food to those in need right here within our own communities of reach.
"By His Hands is a ministry that genuinely seeks to serve the homeless and marginalized through the love of Jesus Christ. Founder and CEO, Steve Coker, is passionate about bringing hope to those in the shadows by meeting the practical needs of individuals which opens doors to lasting life change. I have been blessed to work with Steve and his volunteers as they provided 200 Thanksgiving food baskets to under-resourced families in the Raleigh Area. Each basket was prepared and distributed with love and was received with joy and gratitude. By His Hands is truly an organization living out the Biblical mandate to love God and love others."
Karen Hoffman, former Church & Community Outreach Director, Raleigh Rescue Mission