A FESTIVAL FOR A CAUSE
By Trishna Buch
Festival season has clearly arrived. In the space of three days I have written about four different festivals that are fast-approaching, and now I’m writing about a fourth. But this festival is different from the others because it is a festival for a cause. That’s right—I am talking about the Family Fall Car Show Festival!
This particular festival is all set to take place on November 12th, from noon to 4:00pm. Sponsored by the Coffee Connection in the shopping center at 9300 E.F Lowry behind Office Depot. Coffee Connection is a non-profit coffee shop benefiting local and worldwide projects that help people in need. “When you come in, our internationally certified baristas will prepare your favorite drinks, or assist you in creating a custom drink that you will love. Our promise is that you will never leave unsatisfied. Our pricing is a suggested donation, so get what you love and pay what you like. The profits are used to help people. Local; food, clothing, and crisis centers. National; disaster relief and training International; orphanages, water wells, and training.”
Their goal is to connect to the community and the community to the needs of the world. The event, which is free to the public, will feature several exciting activities including, but not limited to, a jeep show, a motorcycle show and craft booths. And people are invited to enter their car—be it a classic, a corvette, a camero or a jeep—into the show and compete for a chance to win a trophy for the coveted title of first place, second place and third place ‘fan favorites’. And, more importantly, every car entry will provide a $20 donation to Camp Hope.
Camp Hope is an organization which provides interim housing to veterans, Wounded Warriors and their family
members as these individuals deal with combat induced PTSD. By participating in the car show, bidding at the silent auction or supporting the vendors of the craft show—who donate a minimum of $25 to Camp Hope to use the space—you will be doing your part to thank the people that risked everything to serve the country and fight for your rights and freedoms.
Camp Hope provides interim housing for our Wounded Warriors, veterans and their families suffering from combat related PTSD in a caring and positive environment.
The facility opened in 2012 and is located in a quiet and safe setting in Houston, Texas whereby veterans and their immediate family members can find healing, help and hope while benefiting from intensive peer support and mentoring program for Post-Traumatic Stress. In addition to temporary housing, Camp Hope offers a 90+ day PTSD recovery program in which residents: attend group lessons and support sessions with other combat veterans; conduct individual mentoring sessions with certified combat trauma mentors; participate in off-site small group interaction activities (fishing, hiking, local activities and events); and get involved with local churches, businesses and volunteer organizations to assist in their personal healing and educating the community on the invisible wounds of war.
The Camp Hope staff is a unique team of combat veterans and civilian pastoral staff trained in working with victims of trauma and post-traumatic stress. They understand that those who have served this nation continue to struggle with the invisible wounds of combat and are working to assist our troops in putting the pieces of their lives back together. The Camp Hope staff uses the necessary traditional counseling tools and incorporates a faith based approach to help combat the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress. In addition, the staff assists veterans with a myriad of issues including job placement, coordination with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and reputable veteran service organizations to assist with claims and benefits, transportation to appointments and peer support groups integration. The Camp Hope community embraces our troops, veterans and their families as they seek the rewarding and fulfilling lives they so richly deserve.
So mark the date on your calendars and make sure to head over to the event when the date arises. If you would like more information, you can call 409-933-4820 or visit the Facebook page of ‘The Connection Church’. For more information on Camp Hope, visit their website at ptsdusa.org/camp-hope/.