Oct 18, 201110:19 AMYouth and Services
Brad Hammoor: Involved
From the time Brad Hammoor was in 6th grade, he was connected to community service. Dragged along to various functions by his deeply-involved sister, young Brad was soon entrenched in service with the Spofford Home in Kansas City. Once he was old enough, Brad took it upon himself to carry on the tradition of service.
During 8th and 9th grade, Brad spent over 150 hours working at the Spofford Home, a residential school and treatment center for child victims of abuse, neglect, and mental health disorders. The children Brad worked with were the ones in such dire situations that they had to be legally removed from their homes. “Sometimes both parents had been arrested or just left them,” Brad added, “so they’re put in this home where they can learn and live in a safer community”.
Brad credits his involvement with the Spofford Home to his sister. She was deeply connected to the Home, and frequently roped her younger brother into going along to fundraisers and functions. However, “I found that you really do make a difference in these kids’ lives,” explained Brad. “You can see the looks on their faces when you come to play for a couple hours on a Sunday afternoon. It gives them something so look forward to.”
Now a senior back in Cincinnati after moving around a bit and attending Cincinnati Country Day School, Brad reminisces on his time in Kansas City. He fondly remembers working at the Spofford Home and making a real difference for the children there, both emotionally and physically. During Brad’s time, his school held talent shows to raise money, and eventually funded the construction of a new gymnasium at the Spofford Home. “The first time the kids got to play in the new gym,” Brad said, was his favorite experience while working with the Spofford Home. “It was a new venue for them; they finally had a nice, well-built facility that was brand new for them to play in.”