Convoy of Hope to help those in need

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By Joan F. Simoneau, Contributing Writer

Attending a meeting at the mayor's office to discuss the Convoy project are:   (left to right) Nilsa Roman, acting director, City of Marlborough Human Services; Lydia Albino, pastor, Spanish Pentecostal Church of Marlborough; Rob Paiva, pastor, Rivers of Living Water International Ministry of Marlborough; Rob Woods, pastor, New Hope Community Church of Marlborough and Marlborough Convoy of Hope director; Molly Brodeur-Nesbitt, Marlborough Rotary Club; Dave Walton, Marlborough Rotary Club president; Bob Kays, owner, Prospector Bar and Grill; Mayor Arthur Vigeant; and Bob Page, past president, Marlborough Lions Club.
Attending a meeting at the mayor's office to discuss the Convoy project are: (left to right) Nilsa Roman, acting director, City of Marlborough Human Services; Lydia Albino, pastor, Spanish Pentecostal Church of Marlborough; Rob Paiva, pastor, Rivers of Living Water International Ministry of Marlborough; Rob Woods, pastor, New Hope Community Church of Marlborough and Marlborough Convoy of Hope director; Molly Brodeur-Nesbitt, Marlborough Rotary Club; Dave Walton, Marlborough Rotary Club president; Bob Kays, owner, Prospector Bar and Grill; Mayor Arthur Vigeant; and Bob Page, past president, Marlborough Lions Club.

Marlborough – Churches, civic organizations, businesses, social service organizations and community volunteers in Marlborough are pooling their collective resources for “Convoy of Hope,” an event to serve people in need. On Saturday, Oct. 12, they will gather at Stevens Park, off Broad Street, to offer food, practical resources, entertainment, and friendship to people who could use a helping hand.

Residents of the French Hill area and others attending will receive lunch, haircuts, family portraits, clothing, groceries, medical screenings, and other supplies. There will also be a social services tent to connect people with helpful programs and a prayer tent for spiritual guidance.

“This is another great event for the city,” Mayor Arthur Vigeant said during a planning meeting earlier this year.?”Who knows what it might become in a few years?”

According to Convoy Committee Chairman Rob Woods, the support of the mayor has been invaluable.

“There is much to plan and coordinate, especially because this is the first time Marlborough is hosting the event,” Woods said. “We are grateful for the assistance the mayor's office has provided.”

Also participating is a longtime community benefactor, Bob Kays,?who was recently named Grand Marshal for the 2013 Labor Day parade for exemplifying the “Spirit of Marlborough.” Kays will coordinate the grilling of hamburgers and hot dogs that will be served free to all guests.

Convoy of Hope is an international faith-based organization with a long track record of excellence in providing disaster relief and support to at-risk and impoverished people.

In addition to manpower, it will take a budget of about $20,000 to provide the needed services, supplies and follow up care. Anyone wishing to make a donation may send it to Marlborough Convoy of Hope, c/o Rob Woods, P. O. Box 204, Marlborough, MA?01752. For additional?information or to volunteer as an individual or group, contact Woods at 508-485-7023.