HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - First Stop Inc. is using a night of dancing and dining to change their clients' lives around. They are inviting the community to their Black & White Ball on Saturday, September 17 from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. at the Von Braun Center's East Hall. Tickets are $50 per person. You can buy them on the nonprofit's website, www.firststop.org.
During the event, ticket buyers can enjoy live music from the Emily Joseph Band. The ticket includes dessert by the bite. There will also be a silent auction, including some of the furniture built by the First Stop clients.
One of the clients that a person's ticket money could help is Tim Talley. Talley earns a paycheck from First Stop, while he's still temporarily homeless.
"I have a job opportunity now to build furniture," Talley said. "It goes beyond that because it helps the homeless at the same time and that's my passion is to help those that need it the most. I've dedicated many hours here."
As part of his handiwork, he's helped make lots of furniture that is for sale from First Stop Inc.
"We even have a shoe-shining kit," Talley said. "We're building more room off here so we can have more laundry facilities."
The Asbury Thrift Store recently donated wood to the nonprofit organization for them to build a roof for a laundry room facility.
"It means a lot when you can put something clean on, Talley said.
Talley added that just like the thrift store donors, everyone has a chance to keep hope alive at First Stop Inc.
"They could help the down and outters, those that have no hope," Talley said. "The first thing you have to do is give hope. That's what we're doing with this opportunity with building furniture."