The First Universalist Church recently donated $3,600 to the new Hospitality House, sponsored by the Knox County Homeless Coalition.

Each year the congregation donates one-half of its plate collection for the year to charitable organizations. While usually, the money is divided into 10 shares, this year they felt that getting Hospitality House up and running was so important for the Knox County community that they donated nine shares to it, according to a news release from First Universalist Church. The other share went to the city of Rockland in lieu of property tax.

Hospitality House represents a major change in approach to helping the homeless. It will provide stability until people can become self-sustaining, rather than a place to live. The goal is to obtain and sustain stable housing through integrated programs and service to its guests.