Pam Hawn

Pam Hawn is a Wife and Mom with a huge heart for her community. Throughout Pam’s life she has served with many
outreaches geared specifically for the homeless…her growing up years in New York, developed Pam’s heart at an early age for
the hurting and the lost. Since moving to Florida in 1981 her passion grew to help those who go without. Pam continued being
involved with many organizations who shared her same passion for the homeless.

In spring of 2009 when our economy was appearing sluggish at best, Pam and her husband, Mark recognized that there was
going to be a change of lifestyle. Being self employed in their family business they were beginning to feel the effect of the
changing economy. At the same time Pam shares that God laid on her heart that despite the struggles she is to remember her
heartbeat for the homeless and as it was getting harder for her and Mark to provide for their three children, how were the
Moms and Dads in the homeless community providing for their children??

That began a passion in Pam that lives out today. Matthew 25:35-36 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I
was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed
me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

In August of 2009 Hope 4 Communities ~ Day 4 Hope project was born. A community outreach project that would serve 200
homeless children with all the basics to get ready for back to school. A project hosted by Pam’s home church and offered
completely free to the families, but would require an army of volunteers and much funding. The project was a huge success:
with over 200 volunteers and over $20,000 raised a Day 4 Hope was provided. Each preselected/pre qualified child received a
medical exam, dental exam/cleaning and floss treatment, resource for a free eye exam and reader glasses if necessary,
haircut, school and family portrait, new backpack filled with all the needed school supplies, a care bag of personal care items,
gift card for and/or new clothes/uniforms, gift card for and/or new shoes, a personal safety id card from the sheriff dept, etc…
meals were provided throughout the day and fun things to do like nail painting, interaction with the police and their
motorcycles, the local fire department brought an engine and an ambulance. Many individuals and agencies were present to
share invaluable resources. It was a day that gave parents peace and kids hope!


From there a connection was made and it was important to the Day 4 Hope leaders to continue a relationship in the lives of
these children. A Day 4 Hope was not to be a one day / one touch event; but rather the introduction to new formed
relationships. Churches are taking it past the day by inviting the families back for church service, Sunday school, youth group,
providing Fall Festivals, Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas gifts …helping them move into better living arrangements,
helping with car repair and job searches, …sponsoring kids in sports programs and for holiday programs. The list goes
on…investing in the children thru building relationships and introducing them to Jesus; that’s what it’s all about. Making a
difference in the lives of these students and their families.

● 2009; 1st annual, the back to school community outreach project is launched, serving 200 children in need.
● 2010; 2nd annual, all the same took place…just bigger and better, serving 250.
● 2011; 3rd annual, another church came on board to host, now being able to serve a total of 350.
● 2012; 4th annual, hosted by three campuses serving 600.
● 2013; 5th annual, we launched Manatee County and together with Sarasota; hosted 5 events, serving 1,379.
● 2014; 6th annual, 8 events, serving 1849.
● 2015; 7th annual, 10 events, 12 participating churches, serving 2080 children.
● 2016: 8th annual, 12 events, 19 participating churches, serving 2211.
● 2017: 9th annual, 13 events, 31 participating churches, serving 2324.
● 2018: 10th annual, 14 events, 46 participating churches, serving 2607.
● 2019: 11th annual, 17 events, 46 participating churches, serving 2,865.
● 2020: 12th annual, 18 events, with growth in the midst of COVID, serving 3,027.
● 2021: 13th annual, 20 events, with continued growth in the midst of COVID, serving 3,051.
● 2022: 14th annual, 15 events (post covid results), serving 2,750

A manual has been written in detail of how to do a Day 4 Hope and distribution has gone out, even internationally. Many now
are sharing Pam’s heartbeat for the homeless children in their own communities. My personal dream would be to have a Day 4
Hope in every community, Pam states, I live in a rich community, most of us do…we live in a rich country. The idea that there
are homeless children breaks my heart. We look at third world countries and sadly expect to see poverty, but in our own
backyards when there is such an obvious abundance of wealth and children are going without, that is what stirs my holy
discontent

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