Cornellius D. Osborne, the eldest of eight children, was born in the small, close-knit town of Coffeeville, AL. He has lived in various parts of the southeastern region of the United States, and has made Huntsville his home for the past 24 years. Cornellius Osborne is a Christian man on a mission to help others in need.
One afternoon almost a decade ago, he was left with an excess amount of food after a church function. Instead of throwing away a perfectly good meal, something led him to seek out people who could use a good meal that afternoon. He made his way to “Tent City”, a homeless camp located under I-565 about a mile west of downtown Huntsville and was able to distribute all of the leftover food. As Mr. Osborne served each meal, he learned of and was touched by the stories and testimonies of each person who opened up to share. He decided on that day to serve meals there on a weekly basis.
Over time, Mr. Osborne learned the needs of the "Tent City" residents and other less fortunate individuals and families being served far exceeded a weekly meal. Some needed prescription medicines, feminine hygiene products, shoes, gloves, hats, and coats. His mission evolved to providing the basic necessities of all individuals in need in Huntsville, Madison County and North Alabama region. Nine years later, Dependable Hands Incorporated, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has become a manifestation of this mission.
Eboni Crayton, Administrator