Mission of Hope helps hundreds of people

Clintonville hosts event for 2nd year

Grace Kirchner, Leader Correspondent

Photo by Grace Kirchner Woodland Badgers 4-H Club members helped children with fun activities Saturday at the Mission of Hope in Clintonville. Shown are, from left, Evan Retzlaff, Morgan Federwitz, Karen Zarling, Gabby Much and Nicole Kirchner.

Photo by Grace Kirchner Volunteer Tom Prahl is shown with the boxes of groceries given to families Saturday at the Mission of Hope at Clintonville High School.

The Mission of Hope drew hundreds of “guests of honor” Saturday at Clintonville High School. It was the second year that the Mission of Hope was held in Clintonville to help those who are trying to make ends meet.

Last year, more than 400 guests attended the event in Clintonville, and hundreds of people showed up again Saturday.

Guests were able to get free haircuts, beauty makeovers, lunch, shoes for the family, groceries, portraits and vision tests, conducted by the Lions Club. There were also activities for children.

The boxes of groceries were purchased through Feeding America.

Mission of Hope was inspired by Brooke Prahl, a 2012 graduate of New London High School. After volunteering with Convoy of Hope, a faith-based, humanitarian organization working to address the needs of the impoverished, in Appleton, she brought the event to New London six years ago. Clintonville hosted its first mission last year.

Brooke’s father and mother, Tom and Lori, are now working to start a homeless shelter in New London to serve people in Shawano, Waupaca and Outagamie counties. They hope to be ready to open at the end of the year at 520 N. Shawano St.