Taylorsville furniture manufacturer Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Inc. is a strong supporter of Exodus Homes, a Catawba County United Way agency that provides faith-based supportive housing for homeless recovering people returning to the community from treatment centers and prison. They believe in Exodus Homes' strong work ethic, and commitment to being as self supporting as possible.
Exodus Homes is able to generate two thirds of their annual operating budget from in-house enterprises called Exodus Works and resident fees, and they depend on tax deductible contributions to make up the gap. Gold and Williams have stepped up for the past seven years with a $10,000 gift in the summer when revenues and expenses collide in a serious cash flow crunch because of insurance renewals, and other annual expenses that all come due at the same time. "The annual Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Challenge has been a faithful bridge that brings us over the financial dog days of summer, and we are deeply grateful for their help" says the Rev. Reggie Longcrier, Exodus Homes executive director.
“Exodus is truly a welcoming and affirming environment for everyone which is why Bob and I love this organization,” said Gold. “Bob and I know many of the residents and applaud their tremendous efforts to be self supporting. These are people who for the most part, did not start life with good support and have almost never had the proper support system to keep them out of trouble. Because we feel lucky to have had that support all our lives, we think it is our responsibility to help these folks and give them the break they so desperately need to succeed and get ahead.”
“It’s our hope that the community will join us in supporting Exodus Homes and that our matching gift challenge will inspire others to step up and give to Exodus so that they can continue to do their great work,” said Williams. “Giving homeless recovering people a pathway back to gainful employment is good for everyone and these people really need a break from society so that they can be productive citizens. The more we raise, the better chance they will ultimately have to succeed.”
The 2013 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Inc Challenge is on from now through September 27, 2013. To participate, send your tax deductible gift to Exodus Homes, P.O. Box 3311, Hickory, N.C. 28603 or you can give online at www.exodushomes.org.