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A Home For The Holidays Concert

A Christmas concert next weekend in Sioux Falls will raise money for the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House.  The performers are giving voice to those lost in the shadows of homelessness.

Singing has been as much of a tradition within the Barnett family as the holidays themselves.

“Singing has always been a joy and sometimes you even sing through tears,” Carol Barnett Nesbitt said.

Singing has been therapeutic for the Barnetts since the 2014 death of brother Greg Barnett who struggled in his final years with homelessness.

“And so, we know that while he’s gone, he’s safe now and he doesn’t struggle anymore with his issues, he’s in heaven,” Nesbitt said.

The Barnetts say they can see God’s hands at work by turning their family tragedy into an opportunity to help others.

“The week that Greg died, they announced that they were going to be opening the Bishop Dudley House, and we knew that it was a sign.  And so we gave all his memorial money to the Bishop Dudley House,” Nesbitt said.

The Barnetts believe that had a facility like the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House been around when Greg was alive, he would have found the help he needed to break the cycle of homelessness.  So the Barnetts will be performing Christmas songs from their new CD during a Sioux Falls concert, with all the money raised going to the Bishop Dudley House.

“And when Carol and her family approached me to do this concert, I was just overwhelmed with joy that through this situation that they’ve had in their family that they wanted to reach out to us to really benefit those in the community who are struggling with homelessness,” Bishop Dudley Hospitality House Executive Director Chad Campbell said.

Despite their family’s loss, the Barnetts find much to celebrate this season because their music and memories Greg will benefit others who long for a home for the holidays.

“We certainly wish that he were here with us, but if something good can come out of something bad, we’re okay with that,” Nesbitt said.

The concert, which will also features the O’Gorman High School Chamber Singers, will be held at First Congregational Church in downtown Sioux Falls on Sunday December 4th at 3 p.m. Click here for ticket information.