Westport, CT, October 5, 2015 – The Bacharach Community, Homes with Hope’s emergency shelter for homeless families headed by single women, has been awarded a $15,000 grant from Near & Far Aid. The grant illustrates the two organization’s mutual efforts to improve the lives of those living in poverty. 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.
Near & Far Aid is an all-volunteer fundraising and fund granting organization, dedicated to eliminating the causes and effects of poverty in Fairfield County. They accomplish their mission by finding and funding programs that provide life’s most basic necessities, as well as those that seek to achieve lasting change. Since the year 2000, Near & Far Aid has granted more than $15 million to the area’s best non-profit agencies and programs who further their mission. To learn more about Near & Far visit their website at www.nearandfaraid.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.