Donna Earnest found her passion and her calling eight years ago through a powerful chance meeting with a homeless man on the streets of downtown Shreveport, Louisiana. A few leftover meals handed out from her truck became the beginning of a grassroots ministry that she lovingly calls I2D, which operates in a vacant lot and distributes snack bags, offers medical care, personal necessities and a Gospel Quartet to those individuals forgotten and unloved by society. Her personal outreach led to a second ministry, Project-Investing N Growth. "Projecting-ING" mentors and teaches home owning skills to those who have found housing to prevent them from returning to the streets. Donna also started a community garden to grow fresh produce to help address health needs. It is maintained by the homeless community, with the help of the LSU Ag Center and other partners.
These ministries set the stage for her current position as Executive Director of Hope House, a mission for Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Shreveport, Louisiana. At Hope House, the homeless receive meals, showers, mail, phone and medical services, GED classes, laundry facilities, fellowship and much more. Twice a month, Donna makes her "camp walks" under the bridges and into the woods around Shreveport to bring necessities to those who will not come to Hope House. Her love and her vision continue to fill the hearts of those who are often forgotten.