Give a person a fish and — it’s kind of like a one-time donation to a nonprofit. The money is put to good use, but then it’s gone.

Now, teach a person to fish and that’s different. In fact, that’s like putting solar panels on a homeless shelter, which is exactly what Hospitality House has done.

Through a tremendous community, business and university partnership in a project that pulled resources from across the nation, Hospitality House now has 54 solar panels capable of generating enough electricity to earn energy credits to reduce its electric bill by as much as 20 percent.

Which means that Hospitality House’s solar panels are generating not only electricity, but hope and help for those in crisis. Indeed, shelter officials estimate that the project could mean as many as 21 more people being able to come in from the cold.

And, with that cold upon us, it’s an immediate need that will soon be tested.

From the logistics of securing funding and donations from major businesses to homegrown bake sales and community giving, the effort at partnership to make this project a reality was a monumental one — one that cast a net far and wide with enormous success.

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