The Brightside: Getting to know the founder of HALO Ministry

SALISBURY, Md. – In Salisbury, there’s an angel of sorts helping out the homeless. Celeste Savage helped found the HALO Homeless Shelter.

Savage said, “In 2007, we stepped out in faith and God has blessed continuously.”

At HALO, which stands for Hope and Life Outreach, people can get a fresh meal, secure a safe place to sleep, or even get help finding a job.

“There is not a day that I don’t pull on this property and thank God for such an opportunity and privilege to be able to help peoples lives change,” Savage said.

None of this would have been possible though, if it weren’t for Savage getting a taste of misfortune.

“I had a business that had to close many years ago. I could’ve just as easily been homeless if it hadn’t been for family,” Savage said. “I saw at that point and still see homeless in a different perspective. They are just like me, no different.”

It was one detour that sent her life down a different path. Driving down Broad Street in Salisbury, she saw someone’s bedroll on the side of the road.

Savage said, “It just hit me you know, wow, but for the grace of God go I.”

For weeks, Savage went back to Broad Street in an effort to find the owner of that bedroll.

“One night, probably 12:30 at night, he came back. I talked to him for about 45 minutes and from that point on, my life changed,” she said.

That man is no longer homeless. From time to time, he and Savage touch base. Turns out, he was just the first of thousands of people that Savage would help.

“Whether its just giving them a smile, a pat on the back, a word of encouragement, I think we impact every person that walks through this door,” Savage said.

Savage’s passion for helping the homeless doesn’t go unnoticed by her staff at HALO.

Angel Simpson, the Guest Program and Clinical Services Administrator said, “She loves what she does, she loves the people, she just loves it all.”

In fact, it’s that passion that inspires them to keep helping others, even on the hard days.

Simpson said, “If we can help one person realize their worth, because a lot of them, especially the women, don’t feel worthy of anything, we just want them to know that someone loves them.”

So in the years to come, you can expect to find Savage at HALO doing whatever she can to be a blessing to her community.

If you’d like to sign up to volunteer at HALO, or you’d like to make a donation to the shelter, you can visit HALOMinistry.org.

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