New fundraiser set for men’s shelter

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May event will also be send off for Lee Bean and intro for new director

By Lisa King


of Hope

WHEN:May 8, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:Christ Community Church, 198 Frankfort Road (Governor’s Square)

COST:$25 per person, or $200 per table

TICKETS: Call Jon Walker at 502-321-8118 by May 5


The Open Door of Hope men’s shelter will host the Banquet of Hope on May 8 at Christ Community Church.

The fundraiser dinner is a new event for the shelter, which also hosts another fundraiser in September where they charge people to sleep outside so they understand what homeless men may have to go through.

The shelter has a budget of about $100,000 per year, and Bean said he appreciates all the help he has gotten from organizations and churches in the community who help keep the shelter supplied with food and other necessities.

“We will continue to do the sleep in a box [fundraiser] every September, but we needed a second event to raise money, so we hope this will be very successful,” said Lee Bean, director and founder of the Open Door of Hope. This will one of Bean’s final works as the director of the shelter. Bean has announced that he will step down from his position at the shelter at the end of the month so he and his family can return to Alabama.

The event will be held at Christ Community Church in Governor’s Square.

Bean, who has been a teaching pastor at the church, said the location was chosen because the church, which is located in a former Kroger building, is very roomy and can accommodate 250 diners.

“Also, when the church got this location, they wanted to be to do things for their ministry partners, such as Open Door and Operation Care,” he said.

Bean said that in addition to what he calls a “real country-style” meal of fried pork cutlets, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, rolls and dessert, the program will include an informational video on Open Door.

The cost is $25 per person or $200 per table, and corporate sponsorships are available. Reservations must be in by May 5.

The event will also serve as a farewell for Beanand a welcome for the new director, Jon Walker.

Proceeds will benefit the shelter, which Bean established in 2009 and is located on 8th Street. It houses 12 men and 4 more in its transitional housing unit on the second floor.