Singing at the White House is a dream that not many singers will get the chance to fulfill in their lifetimes, but a special group of men from Atlanta did just that this holiday season.
The Homeward Choir, which 11Alive first profiled in 2013, was hand-picked to bring Christmas cheer to America’s house in a night they will most likely never forget.
The choir’s 26 members are all homeless men who mostly have no place of their own, no roof over their head and are often left unshielded from the elements. But suddenly, the group went from having no place to call home to being invited into the First Family’s home.
Thanks to Bill Liss with the 11Alive Help Desk, the men got free airfare from Southwest Airlines from Atlanta to and from Washington, discounted hotel rates, free food from the Intercontinental Hotel group, and toiletries and clothes from Walmart. The men lifted their voices in song and praise in D.C. and spread inspiration through song.
“We’re giving these people something to do because one, maybe they don’t have something to do,” said choir director Donal Noonan. “It’s something to do that builds themselves up. They’re building themselves up, they just don’t realize they’re doing that.”
Noonan first brought the men’s voices together two years ago as the music director of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Church. It didn’t take long for him to recognize the group’s gift for song and the change in the men’s lives.
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SOURCE: WXIA – Donna Lowry