We believe that everyone should be entitled to a basic human need, such as a SHOWER!!!! So for our first event, The Healing Cross Project in partnership with Thundershowers, Specialty Textiles and the Paul C. Helmick Foundation set out to provide showers for the homeless. We had over 300 participants attend and are hoping for even more to join us next time. For the next event on Saturday, October 12th from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., we will also provide socks, under garments and clothing. This will be held at The Human Services Campus located at 204 S. 12th Ave Phx, 85007.
Derrick's legacy will be hard at work giving some dignity back to the homeless and an understanding of how much they DO SUFFER!
Should you feel moved to volunteer, let us know here or message The Healing Cross Project on Facebook. Perhaps you have clothing, razors, shaving cream, we would be thankful for any donation to make this event as successful as the first one! It doesn't take a lot to show someone they matter and that the are NEVER ALONE. The vision of a few can have a huge impact on the community. Please join us.
To see more on our first event: https://www.azcentral.com/…/portable-showers-se…/2039239001/
Blessings to you,
The Courtney Family & The Healing Cross Board of Directors
2019 brought our second charity night, now called Derrick's Night. We honored his life by presenting a cross to the next recipient, Lily Lewis. She and her mother spoke. She was presented a check.
With the new year, scholarships will be given out to those that have shown the ability to rise above the suffering they endure and help families
Calli Luikart was our first scholarship recipient.
Our next two recipients are the families of valley firefighters that contracted cancer on the job and have since passed away. Their families are fighting to have their medical bills paid.
2. Brain Beck Family
3. Austin Peck Family
7-year-old Lily suffers from brain cancer and we wanted to give her a "dream come true." So we set out to redo her bedroom. The community came together to help us in this loving gesture We did it last December in one afternoon. Chuck Hicks was the painter, who donated his services. Jessica Aiken, a valley designer helped me with the project. Lily was ecstatic! She continues to receive treatment from St. Jude for her cancer. A little side note… She loves to swim so I asked her to join our USA swim team, DESERT Foothills Aquatics. She participates with another little girl suffering from cancer! They are THE BOMB.
We have delivered Healing Baskets to those in need A warm blanket and socks, healthy nutrition, gift cards, meals, helpful books, games, messages of hope and of course a healing cross. We have distributed 3 dozen already. When we receive a letter, email, text or call about someone in need, we put it together as it pertains to that particular need. HCP purchased all the items for each basket.
April 28, 2018 brought the 1st Healing Cross Project's Charity Night with over 250 guests in attendance, we surpassed our wildest dreams of having a successful evening bringing awareness to human suffering.
The HCP Board honored our guest, Susy Korinko with the first Healing Cross. She was diagnosed with ALS in 2016. Suzy was our guest speaker and spoke of the suffering she had to endure from the disease, but also the lack of apathy from people. She said, "one day I could go to the grocery store and get what I needed. Then in the course of several months, I was in a wheelchair in that same grocery store trying to reach an item from the shelf. You would have thought, someone would have offered to help me. But no, that didn't happen."
Since that evening, over 500 crosses have been sent to recipients all over the world, bringing the message of hope "YOU ARE NEVER ALONE."