Carolyn Ray, shelter manager of Huntington House (on ladder), chats with (from left) Troy Riley and Tyler Young of Troy Riley Construction as they take a break from working on the Huntington House roof on Thursday, July 5. Photo by Steve Clark.
When the roof of the Huntington House, a Huntington-based shelter for homeless families and women and children who are in need, needed to be replaced, Shelter Manager Carolyn Ray snapped into action.
"When we found out that the roof needed replaced, I'm kind of in charge of just trying to figure out how to get the money, because we don't have funding for particular projects," Ray says.
From participating in the Homeward Bound Walk for the cause of homelessness in Fort Wayne and receiving funds from sponsors to selling hot dogs at Heritage Days, Ray was able to raise the necessary funds to fix the roof, as well as a little bit extra to help clients with any personal items they may need when they move out of the house.
In addition to their annual yard sale, Ray is looking forward to Huntington House's next big fundraising event, a dinner and silent auction in the works for this fall at Huntington University, tentatively titled Making a Difference: Dining Out.
"I've been manager here for a year and a half. I've been a volunteer for three years," Ray says. "I just love it. I love it here. I love the people, I love helping the people, because I was there."