Hazel’s House Serves As Beacon Of Hope In South Columbus
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Hazel’s House of Hope in Vasser Village is open year round and provided meals to 200 people Thursday.
Visitor Michael Stanley, who is homeless, said Hazel House provided him with more than a meal. It gives encouragement to help turn his life around.
“It gives me hope to know that there’s still hope out there and that there is people that do care, that there are people who do love,” Stanley said.
Director Cindi Gremling said the home was donated by the family of its former owner named “Hazel,” on the condition that it be used to help others. Gremling and her husband renovated the home and now allow it to stand open for those who need help.
“I am just naïve enough to think that love makes a difference. There’s a lot of programs. But it’s really not about a program. It’s about people. One on one and building relationship [with the community],” Gremling said.
Volunteers say the need for food on Thanksgiving has been more than expected. Hazel House already has another location nearby and hopes to expand more in the future.
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