Local individuals and businesses were awarded for their support of the Heritage House of Central Texas on Saturday evening at the second annual Musical Night of Hope Benefit Concert for the Homeless at First Baptist Church in Killeen.
Headlining the concert was the Messengers Quartet, a Killeen-based nationally known gospel act.
Heritage House, under the leadership of executive director Michael Christ and chairman of the board Rita Kelley, is an organization that helps people who are homeless or are in danger of becoming homeless.
“We don’t just provide services but we teach people how to take care of themselves,” Kelley said.
Heritage House is working with 196 people who are at varying levels of need. In the last six months, Heritage House provided services for 110 homeless people.
“Thirty percent of them no longer live on the street,” Christ said. “They are in their own apartments and paying their own rent. They have jobs and are working.”
Before the concert, a reception was held honoring those who made an assortment of contributions to help Heritage House operate and reach its goals. Seven people in attendance were given plaques: Bill Schumann, Mark Chocran, Adrian Evans, Richard Surface, Tim Dorbaum, Maureen Montez and Mason Ellis.
Others who were listed to receive plaques or certificates but were not present were: Greater Killeen Lions Foundation, Killeen Daily Herald, Kirbo’s Office System, Fort Hood Association of Realtors, Rasa Floors, Mega Bingo of Conroe, DBA Humble Helper, US Lawns, Lifeway Fellowship Women’s Bible Study Group, Association of Home Churches, Jackpot Bingo-Harker Heights, Union State Bank, Gala Properties Management, Subhani Foundation, American Abstract and Title, Land Exchange and Abstract Title, Architectural Plan Review, Nations Bank and Sam’s Club.