HAPPY 25th BIRTHDAY HOTEL de ZINK!!!
In honor of the 25th anniversary of IVSN's Hotel de Zink rotating shelter program in Palo Alto & Menlo Park, I'm launching my first crowdrise to support this wonderful program!
Named after Police Chief Howard Zink who sheltered thousands of Palo Altans during the Great Depression, the modern version of this shelter has been operating continuously since May 1989 when it was launched by the visionary Jim Burklo through the Urban Ministry of Palo Alto.
Today, InnVision Shelter Network provides shelter, food, personal care in partnership with 14 faith-based and community partners, and importantly, intensive case management which assists homeless men and women with housing & employment search, mental health services, legal aid, job skills, parenting workshops and financial literacy - our "Beyond the Bed" model which helps people return to self-sufficiency and stable housing.
IVSN's programs in Palo Alto include Hotel de Zink, the Opportunity Services Center drop-in community center, the Breaking Bread Hot Meals Program, and the Palo Alto Food Closet.
In total, these programs cost the organization $813,000 to run annually.
IVSN receives $49,515 from the City of Palo Alto (HSRAP and CDBG grants) and no Santa Clara County funding for these programs.
Hotel de Zink's annual budget is $55,000 and is entirely dependent of private funds.
In celebration of Hotel de Zink's enduring legacy and the important and life changing work in the community, please help me reach my goal of 5% of the Hotel de Zink annual budget by June 30th!
That's $2,750 = 55 friends donating $50 each
Funds raised by June 30th will be tripled, with additional funds raised going to IVSN overall which although not dedicated to Hotel de Zink, does ultimately cover the difference of the program.
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