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August 2016 Edition

We continue to be amazed by and appreciative of your unwavering support. In August, we received tremendous encouragement and contributions of all types from both existing and new friends, while adding three wonderful new members to our Board of Directors. 

As September approaches, our terrific staff remains focused on our Mission of engaging the men and women that reside with us and  working with each of them to reach their potential. 

We are so excited about the month ahead and hope to see many of you  at our signature event, the spectacular Step Up for the Brave on Saturday, September 24. Keep reading  this edition of  The Perimeter for details!

Creating Hope, Building Dreams...

Vincent Santilli
Step Up for the Brave
  Saturday, September 24
Ballpark at Harbor Yard
Home of the Bridgeport Bluefish

Register today as a climber or virtual climber for only $25!

"Step Up for the Brave"  is a  unique, vertical challenge in which participants are  encouraged to conquer a target number of  stairs in honor of our brave service men and women!

One time around the closed climb course is 1,000 stairs. Participants have 2 hours to complete their
individual climb goal.

Proceeds from the Stadium Stair Climb Challenge will  support  Homes for the Brave ' s mission to help  homeless individuals, most of whom are Veterans,  r eturn to productive and meaningful lives.

There are several ways you can support our event:
Be a Team Captain
Participate as a Climber
Participate as a Virtual Climber
Be a Sponsor

Click here to register or to learn more about how you can join the fun!

Mini-Golf Tournament

Homes for the Brave  Mini-Golf Tournament
Veterans Day - Friday, November 11
Oronoque Country Club

At Homes for the Brave, every day is Veterans Day. But this year, we're extra excited for November 11 to arrive because we're launching our first-ever Mini-Golf Tournament!

Join us on Veterans Day to celebrate the men women who have served us all with an evening of indoor mini-golf, dinner, drinks, and prizes. 

Visit our website to learn how you can participate as a golfer, foursome, or sponsor. Adults of all skill levels are welcome and you can even choose just to join us for dinner. Space is limited, so register today!
Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association

Veterans helping Veterans.

That's how CVMA member and Marine Corps Veteran Phillip Modesti describes the Vet-based Motorcycle Association to which he belongs. Since his local Nathan Hale Chapter 31-1 learned about our needs at  Homes for the Brave , that's exactly what they've done.

As the name suggests, the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association consists of individuals who have served in the United States military and have a love for riding motorcycles. Most importantly, its members are dedicated to supporting Veterans in need whenever they can, from raising funds to identifying job opportunities, securing transportation for disabled vets, and beyond.

In June, the Association launched our partnership by making a $1,000 donation toward the operation of our housing, case management, and vocational services. After touring Homes for the Brave, its members were immediately engaged and asked the entire 31-1 membership to host a supply drive on our behalf.  By August 28, the group had collected two truck fulls of donations, such as clothing, toiletries, food, paper goods, and gift cards. That morning, they rode as a group to Homes for the Brave, joined our residents for breakfast, and presented to them the gifts they had collected.

The bonds between CVMA's members and HFTB's residents formed instantaneously. "As we were leaving, several people told me that they had made true friends that day," said Modesti. 

After breakfast, the group told us that we were in for one more surprise. At that moment, members of Two Wheels Organization--a group that provides new and restored bicycles to those in need--pulled into the parking lot with five brand new mountain bikes in tow.

For many of our residents, receiving the gift of reliable transportation was the highlight of the day. For Modesti, it was "showing our loyalty and partnership to fellow Veterans and the fact that everyone from our CVMA group came together to make that happen."

We thank the members of CVMA 31-1 for all they have done for us this summer and look forward to growing our partnership for the good of all Veterans.

We are pleased to announce that through the partnership we've built with CVMA, member Phillip Modesti has joined our Board of Directors. We know he will be a tremendous asset in achieving our mission to help his fellow Veterans thrive. Welcome, Phillip!
Giving Back
The First Congregational Church of Greenwich

We'd like to thank The First Congregational Church of Greenwich for a $4,500 grant that will support the House Monitor position in our Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes program. The individuals in this position ensure that our residents are safe and comfortable and receive the support they require 24 hours a day.

Homerun for Heroes

On August 20, Sikorsky Aircraft and Teamsters 1150 hosted the 6th Annual Homerun for Heroes baseball game, featuring the Bridgeport Bluefish.

This year, our hosts and generous sponsors broke their fundraising record by generating over $70,000 for local Veteran charities, including  Homes for the Brave.

Following the ceremonial check presentation, game attendees enjoyed an on-field helicopter landing, a fireworks display, and some good old fashioned baseball. Veterans--including our residents--also received complimentary admission, hats, and concession vouchers.

Exchange Club of Shelton

This month, we were thrilled to welcome back our friends from the Exchange Club of Shelton. On August 31, a dozen of its members and their families hosted an end-of-summer picnic, featuring favorites like fresh-grilled burgers and dogs. To make the meal extra special for our residents, they blew us away by adding to the menu pork tenderloin, Spanish rice, fried chicken, and salads and desserts galore! 

We can't imagine a better book end to a wonderful summer than to enjoy an extravagant feast with people we love. Thank you, Exchange Club of Shelton!

Dancing with the Stars Brookfield

On September 9, Fred Astaire Dance Studios will host Brookfield's Dancing Stars Gala: a new fundraising event full of all the fun, glitz and glamour of the hit TV show Dancing with the Stars! At The Amber Room in Danbury, local Brookfield Celebrities will learn a polished choreographed routine and perform with a professional partner. The winner will earn a cash prize for the charity of their choice.

We are honored that Navy Veteran and ABRI Board Member, Paula Canter, will be competing on behalf of Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes! To support Paula's efforts and FS:FH, we hope you will attend the gala or make a contribution toward Paula's campaign.

Go Paula--we'll be rooting for you!
In This Month's Issue...
Step Up for the Brave
Mini-Golf Tournament
Giving Back



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Disabled American Veterans Milford Ladies Auxiliary

Exchange Club of Shelton

Girl Scouts of Connecticut

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Jim Booth's Run in the Pub

Knights of Columbus St. Catherine of Siena Council 5806

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Pullman & Comley 500

Rotary Club of Fairfield

Rotary Club of Trumbull

Schultz Family

Sound the Trumpet Baptist Church

Spadaccino Realty Team

The First Congregational Chuch of Greenwich

Trumbull Self Storage