Monthly Archive for: ‘March, 2015’

Journey Home Accepting Pledges for Birdies for Charity Fundraiser

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Since 2004 the Birdies for Charity fundraiser has been a staple of the Travelers Championship and an exciting opportunity for every non-profit in the Northeastern United States. Last year the championship raised $1.56 million for some 140 charities.

Similar to a walk-a-thon, donors pledge a small amount for each birdie made during the six-day tournament. For example, a 10-cent pledge with 1,500 birdies made will raise a total of $150. With the 1,828 birdies made at last year’s championship, $22,000 was raised for Journey Home. This impressive sum also earned us a booth in the “Fan Zone”, and the opportunity to raise awareness among the event’s 50,000 attendees.

In 2015 we are striving to surpass last year’s record breaking total. The pledges we receive will help ensure that we meet our goal of ending chronic homelessness in Greater Hartford by 2016. If you support this mission we ask that you please visit Journey Home’s pledge submission form here.

Thanks to Travelers Championship, Cohn Reznick, Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, Ford and other generous sponsors, Journey Home is afforded this amazing opportunity every year. Catch all the action June 22-28th at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. We’ll see you in the Fan Zone!

100-Day Campaign Kicks Off in Hartford

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman will kick off Connecticut’s latest 100-day effort to reduce chronic homelessness at 9:30 a.m. Monday, March 9 at Community Renewal Team’s Lumsden Center, 555 Windsor St. in Hartford.

The 100-day initiative involves advocates, activists, service providers, and others coming together to put existing resources together more effectively to advance the goal of ending homelessness. The Connecticut-based Rapid Results Institute, which developed the “100 day” approach will provide support.

Participating areas of the state include Greater Hartford, Fairfield County, and eastern Connecticut. Last year, a similar effort in New Haven led to the housing of 160 people who had long been homelessness in that community, the vast majority with disabilities including severe mental health conditions and chronic illnesses. In less than six months, this effort was hugely successful.

The effort starts with a two-day boot camp on Monday, the end of which will be marked by remarks by Connecticut Department of Housing Commissioner Evonne Klein at 2:30 on March 10 at the Lumsden Center.

The project is part of Connecticut’s efforts to end homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015, and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. Earlier this year, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced that Connecticut was one of six states chosen for Zero 2016, a national initiative organized by the nonprofit Community Solutions and dedicated to ending veteran and chronic homelessness within the next two years. At the same time, the governor announced an expansion of existing permanent housing subsidies meant to help the state move toward that goal.

“New Haven’s 100-day results in housing so many in urgent need show the power of this model,” said Lisa Tepper Bates, executive director of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, a sponsor of the effort. “We are excited to bring this opportunity to other Connecticut communities who can capitalize on the new resources available. We know this effort will advance our progress toward the Zero: 2106 goals.”

“Governor Malloy has a remarkably deep understanding of this problem and the cost effective solutions needed to end veteran and chronic homelessness,” says Matt Morgan, executive director of Journey Home, the organization leading the 100-Day effort in Greater Hartford. “His vision for a healthier, safer, and stronger Connecticut is clearly demonstrated in his commitment to championing Zero: 2016.”

Follow Hartford’s 100 Day Campaign here.

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