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July 2016 Edition

I hope  all of our readers and supporters are enjoying the summer season. Our July 11 Golf Classic was very successful and we have started the new fiscal year in strong fashion.  

Our entire staff continues to work vigorously to prepare our residents to seek and secure employment and housing opportunities. We are endeavoring to keep them engaged and helping them achieve holistic growth in order to meet these goals. 

In addition, we are making many new friends and showcasing our organization to area businesses, individuals, and other non-profits and are delighted with the feedback we've been getting on the work our staff and residents do.

In August, we're excited to team up once again with our partners at Northeast Tree Service, this time for a Benefit Bike (Motorcycle) Run on  Sunday, August 14. You can find details about this unique event and others later on in this edition of  The Perimeter

Creating Hope, Building Dreams...

Vincent Santilli
Homes for the Brave Golf Classic

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 12th Annual Golf Classic at Race Brook Country Club. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day or better friends with whom to spend it. 

In addition to a challenging but peaceful round of golf, attendees enjoyed a variety of contests, prizes, and exciting auction items, including a visit to CBS Studios to meet the NFL Today team, a Pizza Truck Party, and rounds of golf at the area's most exclusive clubs.
This year, we added a twist to the tournament by wrapping up with a New England Lobster Bake. We were thrilled to be joined by friends and family to enjoy classic regional cuisine and to celebrate our important cause.
Click here to view the full gallery of photos from this year's Homes for the Brave Golf Classic & Lobster Bake.

Upcoming Events
Sunday, August 14 - Homes for the Brave Bike Run (Bridgeport, CT; Stratford, CT)  
Once again, our dear friends at Northeast Tree Service are helping our heroes, but this time with a Benefit Bike Run. Riders and spectators alike are invited to  Homes for the Brave for breakfast and the send-off, Marnick's in Stratford for the after party, or both! Check out the flyer for details.

Saturday, September 24 - "Step Up for the Brave" Stadium Stair Climb Challenge (Bridgeport, CT)
Step Up for the Brave is a vertical challenge where patrons will "brave the heights" in honor of our brave military. Join us at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard, or participate as a virtual climber.  Registration is now open with $25 early bird pricing through September 1!  Learn more here .

Friday, November 11 - Homes for the Brave Mini-Golf Tournament (Stratford, CT)
This Veterans Day, we are launching a brand new FUNdraiser: the Mini-Golf Tournament! Adults of all skill levels are invited to join us at Oronoque Country Club in Stratford for dinner, drinks, prizes, and 18-holes of indoor miniature golf.  Save the date ; details to follow in August!

Please contact Katie Marinelli  with questions about our upcoming events and/or sponsorship opportunities.

Dinner with Friends
Independence Day

Many thanks to our friends Jim Miele, David Dubinsky, and the DAV Milford Ladies' Auxiliary for celebrating Independence Day with the women in our
Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes  program. We all enjoyed your company and appreciate how much thought and effort you put into making the holiday so special for our Veterans.

Mexican Night  with
The Valley Boys & Los Molcajetes

Everybody knows that when a group of friends we've dubbed "The Valley Boys" comes for a visit, it's going to be a party. In July, they partnered up with Los Molcajetes Restaurant in Norwalk to bring our residents a fiesta complete with authentic Mexican cuisine.

When Los Molcajetes owners Carlos Vargas and Chef Griselda Loza heard about  Homes for the Brave , they were eager to pitch in and donated the  taco dinner, complete with rice, beans, and the fixings.  Los Molcajetes, which means "the mortars" (think: full of homemade guacamole) is located in Norwalk's Liberty Square. Stop by or order in to try their house specialty: Camarones Sarandeados, a spicy shrimp dish.
Many thanks to the Vargas-Loza family for sending a taste of Mexico to Bridgeport!

Thanks also to Bob, Jeanine, Joe, Leo, Ray, Rob, and Will for sharing your humor, generosity, and friendship (and cheesecake and oversized cookies) with all of us at
Homes for the Brave !


The inspirational women of AWARE CT have spent the past year serving dinners, collecting in-kind donations, and raising funds for our  Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes program. On July 27, a few of our dearest friends from the group returned to the PFC Nicholas A. Madaras House to celebrate our partnership. 

AWARE's members, existing and graduated residents, and our staff had a great time reminiscing about the visits we've shared, discussing our goals for the future, and dining on a pulled-pork feast that only took Chef Nicole 36 hours to prepare!

Following dinner, AWARE's members presented
FS:FH with a check for $10,000, which they raised at their "Have a Ball" fundraiser in April.

Thank you, AWARE CT for supporting us in every way imaginable. We wish you the best of luck with your 2016-2017 project and know that we will see you again soon!

Orange Community Women

Thank you, Orange Community Women, for all of the thought you put into preparing a delicious steak dinner for our female soldiers this month. Everyone is still talking about the mouthwatering meal and looking forward to seeing each of you again!

Poetry Corner
This month, our house poet chose to share a piece that celebrates the season and encourages us to stop and truly take in the remaining weeks of summer.

White winged seagulls
Strut along the algae line
Leaving backward arrow footprints
In soft shell strewn sand

I stand alone on this
early morn july beach
I stare at the sun rising upon waves
Carrying its reflection in to shore

A shoreline breeze picks up sand
And dances with it in little swirls
Holds it close for a second or two
And frees it amongst small empty shells

The typewriter in my mind clacks away
To this shoreline of sounds and reflections
Singing out a song of contemplations
And perhaps shoreline revelations.

--M. McClain

Giving Back
Quilting for a Cause
On July 23, Close to Home in Glastonbury teamed up with Quilts of Valor to host a sew day to benefit our
Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes program. 

The groups invited community members of all skill levels to prepare squares and quilt tops that will soon be compiled into full-size, handmade quilts for our female residents. Close to Home provided snacks for the attendees along with all of the equipment and materials needed to construct each piece.

"These are people who put their lives on the line for us," said Close to Home owner Marilyn Gattinella. "The fact that they're struggling at this point in their lives is a sadness we all have to bear and we all have a responsibility to help. This is just a little something we can do to express our appreciation in a way that we're comfortable."

In addition to serving our Veterans, Close to Home also partners with Connecticut Children's Hospital, Middlesex Hospital, the CT Humane Society, and others to provide bedding and clothing to people and pets in need.

Close to Home and Quilts of Valor are still seeking volunteers of all experience levels to complete the quilts. If you are interested in lending a hand, please contact Marilyn. She promises that you'll enjoy "a lot of camaraderie, a lot of good vibes, and results to show for it!"

Jimmy Booth's Run in the Pub

On July 30, Norwalk resident Jimmy Booth is running a full marathon (26.2 miles) to help raise awareness for Veteran homelessness and funding for  Homes for the Brave . Sounds interesting already, right? Well, what if we told you that he'll be running said marathon on a treadmill in a bar?

If you catch this edition of the Perimeter in time,
run down to O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant in Norwalk between 11 a.m.-4 p.m. to cheer Jimmy on as he tackles the harrowing challenge. Otherwise, stay tuned in to our  Facebook page to see Jimmy's results!

"Regardless of the outcome from this event then my message to everyone is clear," said Booth. "Try to give back to others in need even if you can do something whether it is a little bit then it goes a long way."

Go get 'em, Jimmy!
In This Month's Issue...
2016 Golf Classic
Upcoming Events
Dinner with Friends
Poetry Corner
Giving Back



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