Guest Blogger: Laurie McAnaugh
Last year, the 2013 Gratitude Gala was not only a wonderful event, it was a way to serve a very deserving charity. The Boston One Fund received 100% of the profits of the ICFNE event and it was a thrilling moment to watch the presentation of the donation at the completion of last year’s gala.
This year, the ICFNE Board selected the amazing Cape Cod organization, CHAMP Homes. The mission of Champ Homes is to provide and maintain a safe, therapeutic and nurturing family-type environment for homeless youths and adults.
CHAMP Homes was founded in 1991 by Paul and Carolyn Hebert and over the past 23 years, it has grown from one home to six homes. It has helped over 2000 individuals and currently provides housing to over 65 residents, aged 18 to 80. Many of the residents are at-risk individuals who suffer from mental, physical and emotional disabilities or are recovering from addiction and have never experienced a loving family environment.
Located in the town of Hyannis, this organization is truly exceptional. Staff members are compassionate and loving and believe in the full potential of each person. Not one of them approaches this work as a “job”…they are on a mission. Residents are supported and encouraged. They are empowered through expectations to pitch in with the cooking, cleaning and everyday tasks and running of each house. In addition, they are required to financially contribute a community fee weekly which helps to maintain the campus, provide necessities and sustain the program. Champ Homes is a place where people receive the gift of security as well as ample opportunities to attain the skills and experience necessary to become self-supportive.
In addition to providing you with an inspiring and fun experience, your attendance at this year’s gala supports the small staff at Champ House and their mission to inspire and empower countless individuals towards independence.