SARASOTA -- The Church of the Redeemer was recognized for its service to the homeless during the Oct. 21 Sarasota City Commission meeting.
The commission praised the church for serving homeless and at-risk children through its participation in the third annual Day of Hope. More than 200 Redeemer and community volunteers donated time Aug. 3 to this year's Day of Hope where 179 homeless and at-risk schoolchildren were given meals; haircuts; dental, optical and doctor checkups; family portraits; backpacks full of school supplies; and $50 gift cards for new clothes.
"A community is measured in the size of its heart by how it treats the homeless, and especially homeless children, and I think Day of Hope shows that Sarasota has a big heart," the Rev. Fredrick Robinson said upon receiving the proclamation from Sarasota Mayor Shannon Snyder.
"It's just a small piece of how we deal in our community with the tremendous problem of homelessness. So we pray at Church of the Redeemer for the wisdom and the resources in our community to alleviate homelessness."
Snyder singled out Redeemer volunteer leaders Laura and Jay Crouse and Alice and Garland Pollard for their work on behalf of Day of Hope.
Pam Hawn, founder of the Bradenton nonprofit Hope Kids Community and the creator of Day of Hope in 2009, attended the Commission meeting and was praised for her original vision.
The Church of the Redeemer is a traditional Episcopal church at 222 S. Palm Ave., in downtown Sarasota. Information: 941-955-4263 or redeemersarasota.org.