The final results are in! Over 680 participants from across Connecticut and the United States took a combined 23,946,063 steps in support of the 40,000 homeless Veterans in the United States by participating in the 7th annual Step OUT for the Brave 40,000 Step Challenge.
The fundraiser, which took place from August 7-15, with additional donations accepted through the month of August, raised $92,000.These fundswill enable Homes for the Brave (HFTB) to continue its mission to help homeless individuals, mostly Veterans, secure income, find safe and affordable housing, and make meaningful contributions to our community.
The challenge is named for the 40,000 Veterans experiencing homelessness across the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, the number of veterans experiencing homelessness increased in 2020, even before the effects of the coronavirus pandemic were felt.
“We are grateful to everyone who participated this year and made the event an outstanding success. Thanks to you, we can continue our work to help Veterans attain safe, affordable housing, meaningful life activity and a liveable income,” said CEO and Executive Director, Vince Santilli.
Located in Bridgeport, CT, Homes for the Brave provides housing, mental health and employment services to Veterans experiencing homelessness, helping them to secure income, build life skills, and make meaningful contributions to our community. Since its founding 2002, Homes for the Brave has helped over 1,400 homeless individuals.
Homes for the Brave would like to thank its event sponsors, including the Bridgeport Islanders; Friend of HFTB; Haynes Construction & Haynes Group; Webster Bank Arena; AT&T; BTX Global Logistics; PSEG; People's United Bank; Albertus Magnus College; Bernadette Baldino; Deadlocked Escape Rooms; King Industries; Knights of Columbus Park City Council #16; Microboard Processing; Newtown Savings Bank; T. Arduini Co. Inc.; The Original Vazzy's; Webster Bank; Liberty Printing; Tito's Handmade Vodka/Hartley & Parker Distributors; Turner Construction; Connecticare; Connecticut Community Bank; Fairfield County Bank; IPG; Mutual Security Credit Union; Petit Family Foundation; Bigelow Tea; Hirsch, Levy & Fountain, LLC; Port 5 Women's Auxiliary and Fosdick Fulfillment.
To learn more about Homes for the Brave, or to make a donation, please visit www.HomesForTheBrave.org or call 203.338.0669.