27 Mar 401 Gives Day 2023
As we begin our 4th annual 401Gives Day Campaign – Invest in Hope – we do so at a time that a large number of Rhode Islander’s are facing crisis; the crisis of homelessness and lack of affordable housing. Rhode Islander’s are falling through the cracks of a far from perfect system – keeping them further from away from attaining a safe and dignified place to call home.
Since the launch of our first 401Gives Day in April 2020, Rhode Island has become one of three New England states to see the biggest increase of homelessness – a 43% increase. At any given time, there are close to 1,600 people experiencing homelessness in our state. House of Hope continues to expand our operations to fight this crisis, but the need is becoming more dire. Shower to Empower and our Street Outreach Team is continuing their efforts and are out 5 days a week helping constituents survive and working closely to support the efforts of the Cranston Armory Warming Center. But this is just a temporary band-aid to a much larger problem. As the summer months approach, and these winter shelters and warming centers begin to close down, the influx of those returning to the streets, will be significant.
That is why this 401Gives Day is probably the most important one yet. House of Hope is asking that you join us in Investing in Hope on April 1st not just as a donor but as an advocate. We need your support to raise funds and awareness for all those currently experiencing homelessness in our state. We have said it more than once, but it bears repeating – for far too long that streets have been used as a waiting room for housing. How many more lives must be lost on the streets before people stand up and say ENOUGH!
Now is the time – please consider donating to House of Hope’s Invest in Hope Campaign on this 401Gives Day, and encourage your friends and family to do the same. We cannot fight this crisis and this injustice without you.
Visit – https://www.401gives.org/organizations/house-of-hope-community-development-corporation-e9100980-13b1-4aef-8506-b3c2f69039ef to sign up as a Fundraising Champion today!
Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for some great fundraising incentives taking place, beginning on Friday, March 31st at 6am. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about House of Hope and all the great services provided, thanks to your support.