HIKE FOR SHELTER ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014 AT MT. DIABLO STATE PARK
We thank you for your continued support in the crusade to end homelessness! Kevin & I will be hiking to raise money for the 5th annual HIKE FOR SHELTER. As you know, we are both committed to ending homelessness. We believe every step is one more to step to end homelessness which continues to increase in Contra Costa County as our funding decreases from government agencies.
I remain on the planning committee for HIKER FOR SHELTER and the Board of Directors for SHELTER, Inc. I am learning so much. I continue to be humbled and challenged by the dedicated team who helps the homeless and by the courage of the homeless to regain stability. I am very fortunate to be part of SHELTER, Inc.
Kevin & I hope to raise $2000.
Homelessness is the new disease of America, with families waking up homeless through no fault of their own – the loss of a job, a foreclosure, and an illness or the loss of savings. The reality is that over 8,200 individuals will experience homelessness in Contra Costa County this year; many of those affected are children living in our community.
Many of us may know someone who has been a victim of homelessness, it might even be a relative. Some of our children & grandchildren may have classmates who are homeless. We walk with them, stand grocery lines & go to church with them & don’t know it.
Homelessness prevention costs about $1,100 per household, which equates to less than 10% of the cost once someone actually becomes homeless. Once a family is homeless, those costs can drastically increase to connect them to housing and services. Everyone can help!
For those who are homeless SHELTER, Inc provides each family with services tailored to the unique needs of their family. They provide a case manager who supports the family, life skills classes, tutoring and employment services, all with the goal of getting families back on their feet. SHELTER, Inc. also provides affordable housing for low income and at-risk families who may not be able to rent elsewhere due to insufficient credit, foreclosure or bankruptcy history.
What is so impressive about SHELTER, Inc is that, for everyone who finds their way into a SHELTER, Inc. program, nearly all will end their homelessness permanently!
Your donation gives families a roof over their heads and the most important gift of all – HOPE.
Thanks & Blessings,
Kathy & Kevin