Westport, CT – February 9, 2016 The Bacharach Community, Homes with Hope’s emergency shelter for homeless families headed by single women, has been awarded a $20,000 grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.  The funding will be used to help support the professional, individualized support services provided to each family both during their stay in the shelter, and to help them maintain their housing once they’ve moved on.

The homeless mothers and their children who come to the Bacharach Community have struggled with a number of issues, which ultimately led to their becoming homeless.  They all face economic challenges and in addition many are dealing with mental illness, substance abuse, medical issues or domestic violence.  According to the Reaching Home 2014 Progress Report, “families with children experiencing homelessness have complex needs, with access to jobs and education made more difficult by limited childcare and transportation options.”  Through training and counseling, provided by Bacharach’s Program Director, the families’ myriad issues are tackled and ultimately the mothers develop the skills necessary to begin leading stable and productive lives.  With the assistance of the Program Director the families ultimately move onto a safe, suitable housing situation.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community.  Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds.  The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundation’s national standards, and has awarded $180 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond.  For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org.

Homes with Hope is a Westport-based grassroots response to the tragedy of homelessness.  With a caring, professional staff and the help of more than 400 volunteers, they assist people who have lost their ability to lead normal lives.  Each night, approximately 100 people find shelter or housing in one of Homes with Hope’s facilities.