Howard Grise helped open severl homeless shelters in a few churches years ago.
Dee Kelley volunteers with the shelter at Bethesda United Methodist Church in Salisbury.
“Howard is just the most awesome person you’d ever want to know,” said Kelley. “His heart is with the homeless. It’s been that way for years and years.”
Presdently, more than a dozen churches open their doors every winter to those who need the shelter during the coldest months of the year. It’s all because of Mr. Grise’s hard work.
Grise has provided clothing. He’s bought televisions and other items, and he even provides a listening ear to the men at the shelter.
On Wednesday night, those at Bethesda United Methodist Church in Salisbury wanted to show Grise how much they appreciate him. They planned a surprise party and prsented him with a plaque.
Grise told WBOC he simply has a heart to help.
“I really didn’t know it was going to happen,” said Grise. “I think they sprung a surprise on me. When you come down here and see all those familiar faces, I knew something was up. I knew something was going on. I really appreciate it. I really do.”
Brenda Jordan is the coordinator of the program.
“It’s been a pleasure working with Howard,” said Jordan. “From the beginning, he took charge and made it a wonderful experience for the homeless guests who utilize the homeless shelter. He’s been a pleasure to work with.”
The shelters open between January and March each year.