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      Grand Island Man Honored as Hope Harbor's Volunteer of the Year

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      "What I love about this organization is that they createopportunity for the poor. Security cannot be security withoutopportunity," said Hope Harbor's Volunteer of the Year R.D. Robertson.

      Melissa DeLaet, executive director of Hope Harbor, presented Robertson with a small engravedplaque of appreciation at Hope Harbor's annual Open House on December 6, 2012.

      Robertson, a self-employed businessman, has served the GrandIsland homeless community for years. He purchases produce, dairy productsand other food items and brings them to Hope Harbor daily, enabling theresidents to have solid, balanced meals.

      "R.D. has contributed 163volunteer hours since January, providing food to our families that they mightnot otherwise receive," said DeLaet. "He is the consummate volunteer,quietly going about his work making lives of our residents better -- for this wecannot thank him enough."

      HopeHarbor serves homeless and near-homeless women, children and families byproviding safe shelter, meals, intensive case management and educationalprograms to assist residents in becoming self-sufficient.

      Hope Harbor, a former convent, is currently home to 37 children and 22 adults.

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