The Community West Foundation announced Neighborhood Alliance as the 2020 recipient of the David and Martha Hessler Illuminating Hope Award. Neighborhood Alliance provides basic needs services to individuals and families in the Lorain County area and has done so since 1927. The award itself is a replica of Community West’s homeless Jesus statue that travels around the community reminding people of the tragedy of homelessness. In addition, the winner receives a $10,000 grant from the Foundation.
In 2018, David and his wife, Martha, received the Art of Caring award which recognizes exceptional philanthropic service to the community. Due to the remarkable example of faith, hope and love they set for all of us, last year Community West Foundation started the annual David and Martha Hessler Illuminating Hope Award in their honor. The award was created to recognize a local nonprofit with a deep history and commitment to our community that is truly Illuminating Hope.
David Hessler is credited with bringing the idea of Homeless Jesus to the Foundation’s attention, having first seen the statue in the middle of the campus at Valparaiso University. “It illustrates the Gospel of Matthew 25,” he says.