Cera (at right) and her daughter (above) made clay angels that will be turned into ornaments for Fifth Street Ministries' Evening of Hope.

Evening of Hope

Evening of Hope features food, beverages and the release of the annual Card of Hope, with all proceeds benefitting Fifth Street Ministries. In addition, a quilt titled 'Love Thy Neighbor,' which was made and donated by First Presbyterian Church members, will be raffled off.

When: Oct. 12, 2017, 6-8 p.m.

Where: The Sharpe House, 402 S. Center St, Statesville

Cost: $50 per person

Tickets: Call (704) 872-4045 to reserve.

'Love thy neighbor': Fifth Street residents make time to give back

Posted at 12:23 PM on Sep 23, 2017

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BY AMY FUHRMAN

For a while, Cera and her two young children had no idea where they’d sleep each night.

The mother of two had been kicked out of the house she was renting, and the family bounced from place to place, always struggling to keep a roof over their heads.

Moving around so much took its toll. But it wasn’t until a friend told her she was making her kids seem like luggage to be carted around that Cera decided something needed to change.

Nearly three weeks ago Cera and her 5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter came to Fifth Street Ministries, and have found a place where they can begin to rebuild their lives.

“We have the stability of a place to come home to,” she said, adding that her son is now able to regularly attend school and she is able to work and save money for a place of their own.

On Friday, Cera and her daughter were among a group of Fifth Street residents and volunteers who donated their time and talents to making clay ornaments in the shape of angels. The ornaments will be sold at Fifth Street’s annual Evening of Hope event on Oct. 12 at the Sharpe House to help raise funds for the shelter. The theme of this year’s event is “Love thy Neighbor."

The ornaments have been a popular addition for the past two years, said board member Gin Scott, especially because they are created by Fifth Street guests.

“Each angel has its own personality, and people pick the one that speaks to them,” she said.

Cera said she was glad for the chance to create angels and help support Fifth Street.

“It’s a good cause,” she said. “Since they are helping me, I wanted to give back and help them."

To learn more about Fifth Street, visit www.fifthstreetministries.com.

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