Following an overnight torrential downpour, an already-weakened roof at the Exodus storage facility in Hickory, North Carolina, collapsed, resulting in water damage and/or ruin for the many holiday lights, decorations and a Nativity Scene that were to be used in less than 6 weeks for their Festival of Lights as reported on wcnc.com on Wednesday, October 28.
For some, the disappointment could result in using.
Exodus Works is a drug-free, supervised labor force with transportation that provides vocational on-the-job training for its residents in a variety of social enterprises that generate revenue to support their own programs. Exodus Workers serve their community, while learning job skills that prepare them for competitive employment.
Exodus Homes is a faith-based United Way agency, offering transitional and permanent supportive housing for homeless recovering addicts, alcoholics, and formerly incarcerated people returning to the community from treatment programs and prison. Exodus Homes has a comprehensive array of services to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of its residents.
Exodus residents come from treatment programs, detox centers, hospitals, prisons, jails, homeless shelters, and other settings. Exodus Homes actively fosters leadership development among their residents whenever possible and appropriate, as well as conducting ongoing activities in the community to reach those we serve, their families, and their friends.
Approximately 80 people currently reside in the Exodus homes in this small southern town as they recover.
Each year, Exodus holds a Festival of Lights, inviting in all Hickory residents to share the holidays and see how the program is helping residents. More than anything, say Exodus residents the Festival brings them hope.
Now, Exodus’s Assistant Executive Director is wondering just how they will light the homes for the celebration.
Susan Smith, who works for Exodus, said that every year, hundreds of people join the festival to support the program and the people.
“They come for the lights, the fun and for the holiday spirit and the fellowship,” said Smith.