Castaway for a Cause
With Gilligan’s Island playing on the big screen and against the backdrop of the scenic views at the Warwick Country Club, House of Hope Community Development Corporation held a successful annual fundraising event, Castaway for a Cause, on Friday June 14th. More than 200 guests, many donning their best island attire or even dressed as characters from the show, attended and participated in the silent auction, pick-and-pop raffle, and enjoyed the sounds of New York Minute Ban
Thorpse Wines and Sprits of East Greenwich provided a free wine, beer, bourbon and scotch tasting and Walgreens stores from both Warwick and Cranston proving a crew of volunteers to help with the raffle, auction, and guest registration. Guests were encouraged to go out on the grass, by the Warwick Country Clubs firepit to enjoy the band and were also able to purchase a custom House of Hope CDC blanket to sit on and relax. For every blanket sold (70 in total), House of Hope CDC will donate a blanket to a homeless man at Harrington Hall shelter, which is managed by the agency.
The event raised a total of $31,000 to support services and housing for homeless men, women and children in the state. Jean Johnson, Executive Director for the organization is thrilled with the result, saying that these funds come at a critical time. “We’re getting cut everywhere – state funding is down, federal funding is down. We are so encouraged that individuals and businesses in the community are stepping up to solve the problem of homelessness.” She adds that while funding is tight and the number of homeless individuals and families is increasing in a state still reeling from a slow uptick in the economy, she is hopeful. “We know how to end homelessness, especially for those who have been homeless for a long time. We’ve been doing it and having amazing results.”
Much of the evening’s proceeds come from corporate sponsorships, and the remainder is from auction/raffle income, blanket sales at the event, ticket sales, and cash donations made at the event. Johnson added that blankets are still available for sale through the organization’s social venture program, House of Hope Boutique, located at 3190 Post Road Warwick.
Girls’ Night Out: Fashion with Friends
Please take a moment to check out some pictures from our last fundraising event. Girls Night Out Fashion With Friends! With your help, more then $16,000 was made to support homeless women and supportive job training programs here in RI.
House of Hope Holds Annual Meeting
Thanks to everyone that came out to celebrate another successful year of House of Hope CDC!
Reviver Challenge House of Hope Can Do Crew!
Congratulations and thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make Reviver Challenge a huge success! An estimated 700 participants came together to walk, run, tackle obstacles and volunteer to coordinate a fun day that raised funds to support House of Hope CDC.
2012 USO-themed Beer & Wine Tasting a Huge Success!
March 30, 2012
Friends and supporters gathered for a fun-filled event featuring a home-brew demonstration, Kentish Guard Fife & Drum, and special guest Marilyn Monroe!
Thank you to all of our sponsors, donors and guests for making this a memorable evening.
Warwick’s Mayor Scott Avedisian, Barbara Fields, Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), New England Region, and Richard Godfrey, Rhode Island Housing’s Executive Director, joined the House of Hope CDC, Housing Resources Commission (HRC), Corporation for Supportive Housing, Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH), and other partners to celebrate the completion of five permanent homes for formerly homeless individuals with disabilities.
“Hope has found a home here at the George Galen Wheeler House. House of Hope and their community partners are truly making a difference. Beyond providing shelter and a stable environment, they give people a chance to lift themselves up, dust themselves off, and build a better life. I am proud to have secured federal funding to support these efforts,” said U.S. Senator Jack Reed, who helped secure over $724,000 in federal funding for the project through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Section 811 Program, which provides federal aid to nonprofits and community organizations to develop supportive housing and rental assistance for those with disabilities
“In these tough economic times, it is more important than ever to provide affordable housing for those who need it,” said Senator Whitehouse. “Affordable housing units like the George Galen Wheeler House provide Rhode Islanders with the services they need to thrive, and I applaud Rhode Island Housing and their coalition partners for successfully completing the project.”
The George Galen Wheeler House, built in 1875, and formerly a transitional emergency shelter, is located in the Pawtuxet Village Historic District at 57 Fair St. HUD 811, HOME, Building Homes Rhode Island (BHRI), City of Warwick and Thresholds funding was used to create these new homes.
“This project created jobs and boosted our economy while establishing housing for individuals with disabilities. It should be a model for efforts to combat homelessness, which is one of the most difficult challenges we face in making a full recovery from the severe economic downturn,” said Representative Langevin. “We cannot have prosperous communities without affordable housing and we have a particular responsibility to support our most vulnerable citizens.”
“HUD is proud to be a part of this partnership effort to end homelessness here in Rhode Island,” said Barbara Fields, Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, New England Region. “This project is proof that when agencies use federal resources to leverage local investment, the result is permanent housing and supportive services that build a better quality of life for residents. Congratulations to the Warwick residents who now call this place their home.”
Building Homes Rhode Island (BHRI), the 2006 voter-approved $50 million bond, played an integral role in the creation of these new homes. The bond money, which ran out in 2010, also played a key role in the creation of more than 1,200 affordable homes and supported 6,100 jobs. The Governor has included a proposal for a new $25 million housing bond in his FY13 budget.
“This is the type of important collaboration among federal, state and local agencies that should continue into the future. They are proven to be successful,” said Richard Godfrey, Executive Director, Rhode Island Housing. “Homes like these are a key element of an overall plan to end homelessness and ensure that all families and individuals have a stable home that they can afford.”
The affordable homes and jobs created by BHRI have been critical to our state at a time when many Rhode Islanders have coped with the loss of a home and unemployment rates continue to hover at about 11 percent.
“The City of Warwick is pleased to support this project, which will offer permanent, safe and nurturing homes for some of our most vulnerable residents,” said Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian. “The House of Hope CDC has done remarkable work in the past decade to increase the amount of affordable housing here in Warwick, and I congratulate the hard-working staff and board for their continued efforts to ensure that one day, all Rhode Islanders will have a place to call home. I also thank them for the great care that was taken during this project to restore this historic property and give it a new, exciting use in our community.”
The rents for the new homes are set at 30 percent of the tenants’ income and will be about $200 to $300 per month. The permanent homes, which are designed to be generally independent housing, will provide some supportive services, which will help residents maintain their independence and improve on other life skills.
“Consistent with the Opening Doors RI, the State’s homelessness plan, these five units will create much needed permanent housing opportunities for homeless, disabled persons,” said Michael Tondra Chief/Executive Director, Office of Housing and Community Development/Housing Resources Commission (HRC).
“The Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals is pleased to provide some of the funding for this important project through our Thresholds Program,” says Craig Stenning, Director, Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH). “Through this program, we have been able to create over 150 units of transitional or permanent housing. Some of these initiatives have focused on homeless veterans, families with disabled individuals and women.”
“The House of Hope CDC is leading the way in moving our system from a focus on shelters to a focus on housing,” said Michelle Brophy, Director, New England Program, Corporation for Supportive Housing/Interagency Council on Homelessness. “This project is one of many in their pipeline and through the work of our nonprofit community developers we are stabilizing lives, communities and the economy.”
“Given our outstanding track-record of working collaboratively with federal, state, and local partners, and our success in taking risks and having excellent results, we have beaten the odds and restored 57 Fair Street back to its historical significance and are now ready to provide permanent, affordable housing for individuals who were once languishing in our shelter system,” said Jean Johnson, Executive Director, House of Hope CDC. “Thanks to our funders, our partners, our volunteers and our donors we have made this story a successful one.”
House of Hope CDC hosts Harrington Hall Services Fair
April 6, 2012
House of Hope CDC and the Governor’s Inter-Agency Council on Homelessness co-sponsored a Homeless Services Fair on April 6, 2012 at Harrington Hall to link services and referrals to individuals experiencing homelessness. 20 service providers, including state agencies and local non-profits provided services, information and referrals to approximately 75 individuals experiencing or facing homelessness. Special thanks to Hair Cuttery that donated haircuts and grooming and Salvation Army, Breadlines and Hendricken School that donated food for the day. Visit our Facebook Page for more photos from the event.