The Barrymore Hotel – Making Homes Happier

14040107_1250763164947294_2510027956041904208_n (1)Furnishing a home is expensive for everyone, but what if you didn’t have the money to buy the basics like a bed frame, end tables, or even afford to hang a picture on the wall? Living in a properly furnished home is something many of us take for granted, whether we want to realize it or not. Not everyone can afford this luxury.

Home Makers of Hope is a 100% volunteer-based organization in Tampa, FL that provides home furnishings and household essentials to families and individuals struggling with poverty. Basic needs like food, water and rent always come first – furniture, other seemingly fundamental home items like bed linens and home decor items – come last.

14100449_1250763204947290_5175987828553879408_nThis week, Barrymore Hotel General Manager Larry Collier, Chef Mary Willis and Engineering Director Kenneth Leslie and his team, pulled the strings to make a donation of 50 televisions happen for Home Makers of Hope. “Our families will be so happy,” captioned one the photos posted on the nonprofit’s Facebook page.

You can bring hope to someone’s home by donating your time to help with pickup and delivery, or to set up homes. Find out how.

Photos credit: Home Makers of Hope

About Home Makers of Hope
Home Makers of Hope is a 100% volunteer faith based ministry that has been creating homes for families since 2008. Gently used furniture and household items are donated from our parishes and communities and are provided at no cost to families in crisis.

Families are referred to us by case workers from various social service agencies. Our volunteers then meet with these families to identify their specific needs and wish lists. Beds, furnishings and household items are then delivered and set up by our volunteers … and homes are made as we make the beds, hang pictures, and decorate their homes.


‘Tis the Season for Giving


H.I. Development’s Creative Marketing Manager, Kimberly Moore and Administrative Assistant, Jennifer Schmitt headed over to Tampa’s Metropolitan Ministries to donate their time and efforts to make sure needy families and individuals were able to feed themselves and their families for Thanksgiving.

Working as “food shoppers,” Kimberly and Jennifer got to give one-on-one attention to each individual receiving assistance. “It was really nice to see the smiles on everyone’s faces as we helped them fill up their bags. I was overwhelmed at the sheer amount of food housed inside the building. People really do care about giving back to the community; that’s exactly why we came here too,” said Kimberly. 

“The number of volunteers was amazing. I was really impressed with the number of school-age kids that were volunteering. It’s so important to instill a sense of compassion in our children. The whole experience was very heartwarming and I hope to do it again next year,” said Jennifer. 

Metropolitan Ministries projects to help nearly 590,000 needy families this year, with help from compassionate, giving people. It all starts with a simple desire to help others; that is where true happiness is found. If everyone could have that same inkling of compassion in their hearts, just imagine what big changes we all could make on our communities as a whole.