The Homes for the Brave organization (HFTB) held its signature fundraiser, the Step OUT for the Brave 40,000 Step Challenge, raising over $86,000 to date to help veterans experiencing homelessness. Between Saturday, August 7 and Sunday, August 15 nearly 670 participants from across the country took steps where they lived to help those who served our country return to a life of independence. Donations are still being accepted through August 31st and can be made by visiting https://www.homesforthebrave.org/stepout.
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.
“More needs to be done to help Veterans achieve stable, permanent housing. At Homes for the Brave, we provide housing and services to those experiencing homelessness, helping them to return to a productive and meaningful life. As our signature fundraiser, this event allows us to fulfill that mission,” 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.
An event kick-off was held on Saturday, August 7th at the University of Bridgeport, allowing participants to begin taking their steps. Donations to the event are still being accepted.
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; 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.