We rang in 2017 with a very active January, which was highlighted by our first-ever "For Veterans, by Veterans" Comedy Show. The evening was a great success thanks to our sponsors and all who attended in the name of helping our residents reach their goals.
With February now here, we
are looking forward to a festive Super Bowl Sunday as well as the love and appreciation that comes along with each Valentine's Day. We hope you enjoy this edit
and know how grateful
all of us at
Homes for the Brave
Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes
are for your support.
Creating Hope, Building Dreams...
Chief Executive Officer
Mark your calendars! These exciting events are bringing our community together to celebrate and support our Veterans.
Tuesday, February 7 - Hearts of Hope Paint with a Purpose (Stratford)
Hearts of Hope is a "pay-it-forward program" that invites individuals to paint clay hearts and deliver them to those in need of hope and healing. The Feb. 7 "Paint with a Purpose" will be held at Riverview Bistro in Stratford, where you can paint for Homes for the Brave and Homes for our Troops. RSVP and learn more on the Hearts of Hope Facebook page.
Thursday, March 9 - Fairfield County's Giving Day
Once a year, Fairfield County residents and businesses are incentivized to "give where you live," in order to make our community stronger. By giving to Homes for the Brave on March 9, you can help us earn huge cash prizes and achieve our $6K goal to provide physical fitness opportunities to our residents. Click to learn more and donate on Giving Day!
Friday, March 30 & Saturday, April 1 - War Stories (Fairfield)
We are so proud of our current and former residents who are participating in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts' production of
, a full-length production, in which our Veterans tell their stories through performance art. Tickets are complimentary for service men and women and on sale to the general public at the
Quick Center website
Monday, May 22 - Homes for the Brave Golf Classic (Fairfield)
Itching for golf season? So are we, and we're pleased to announce that plans for the 13th Annual
Homes for the Brave
Golf Classic are underway! This year's tournament will be held at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield. Save the date and stay tuned for details, sponsorship opportunities, and registration.
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Please contact Katie Marinelli with questions about our upcoming events and/or sponsorship opportunities.
Jan. 20 marked the first-ever
Homes for the Brave Comedy Night. The evening, hosted at Vazzano's Four Seasons in Stratford, drew 280 guests to laugh in the name of serving our Veterans.
In addition to performances by Treehouse Comedy Productions comedians, attendees enjoyed dinner, prizes, and sharing company with those who enjoy a good laugh and giving back.
We thank our sponsors, attendees, comedians, board, and staff for making the event a success. T
hanks to your contributions, we brought home more than $12,000 that will directly support our residents as they work toward independence and greater self-determination.
Special Thanks to: ABRI Board of Directors, Bearingstar Insurance, Bridgeport Elks Lodge #36, Exchange Club of Shelton,
Guaranteed Rate, Legg Mason, Minuteman Press Shelton,
Treehouse Comedy Productions, Trumbull Rotary Club,
Vazzano's Four Seasons, and WFSB Channel 3
Military Appreciation on Ice
Last month, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Sacred Heart University Women's Hockey Teams hosted Military Appreciation Games. Adorned in camouflage uniforms, both teams honored the men and women who faithfully served our country, including our residents.
The Sound Tigers featured
Homes for the Brave Alum Alonzo Wiggins (
top-right) on their special edition deck of trading cards, while the
SHU Women collected donations for
Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes
Dinner with Friends
We told you she wouldn't stay away long! Many thanks to former Office Manager and forever-friend Lorraine for serving dinner with sister, Kathy (
left). Our residents were also touched to share an afternoon with the thoughtful folks from Safelite Auto Glass (
right), who spent the entire day slaving over a Sunday sauce and all-around delicious meal!
January brought such thoughtful and caring friends to our door, including Superbowl Champion and Sacred Heart Basketball Coach Nick Giaquinto (
top-left) and Chaz of WPLR's immensely popular show, "Chaz & AJ in the Morning" (
We were out and about, too, and enjoyed ourselves at Business Networking International's "Evening of Excellence" (
bottom-left), at which the altruistic group of business builders donated its silent auction proceeds to our programs. Finally, we visited
Assumption Catholic School in Fairfield (
top & bottom-right
), where the generous students and staff collected 1116 cans of soup for our Vets!
There's still time to contribute to our Annual Fund! Open through February 28, the Fund enables us to provide our residents--94% of whom are Veterans--with the fundamentals on which our program is built: housing, nutrition, case management services, vocational coaching, and more.
f you haven't already, please take a look at
what we accomplished
in 2016 and consider donating today. Thank you for your support!
Fairfield Rotary Club
On Jan. 23, Fairfield Rotary Club presented us with a check for $9,500, which its members raised at the November "One Club" Golf Tournament. Special thanks to Kathy Piro of Bearingstar Insurance for sponsoring the event and to Bill Llewellyn & Dan Cassette for bringing the whole day together!
The United Illuminating Company &
The Southern Connecticut Gas Company
A $2,500 grant from the United Illuminating Company & The Southern Connecticut Gas Company will support the House Monitor position for our Homes for the Brave and F
emale Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes
programs. Our Monitors are primarily Veterans and former clients who keep our residents safe, secure, and effectively working toward their goals.
We are grateful for a $1,000 grant award from the Milford Walmart Community Grant Program
will help support the Case Manager position for our
Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes program
. The Case Manager develops an individualized service plan alongside each woman who enters the program and helps her reach her personal, financial, and housing goals.
Many thanks to Bigelow Tea for making a $2,500 contribution toward our greatest areas of need in the month of January, including our House Monitor and Case Manager positions, which are vital to our residents' success.
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ABRI Board of Directors
Assumption Catholic School
BNI Western New England
Bridgeport Elks Lodge #36
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Chaz & AJ in the Morning
Close to Home
CT Junior Women
Discovery Museum & Planetarium
Exchange Club of Shelton
Fairfield Rotary Club
Glastonbury Junior Women
Holiday Inn Bridgeport
Homewood Suites Stratford
Knights of Columbus Park City
Laske Law Firm
Madison Cleaners & Tailors
Minuteman Press Shelton
Mutual of Omaha
Newman's Own Foundation
Operation Homefront Milford
Oronoque Country Club
People's United Bank
Pet Hospital of Stratford
Riverside Community Church
Safelite Auto Glass
Savin Rock Roasting Company
Senior Friends of Hebron
SHU Women's Hockey Team
Spadaccino Realty Team
The Church of the Archangel
Tiago's Bar & Grill
Treehouse Comedy Productions
Trumbull Rotary Club
Trumbull Self Storage
Two Roads Brewing Company
United Illuminating Company
Southern CT Gas Company
Vazzano's Four Seasons
WFSB Channel 3
WICC & Jim Buchanan
Women Marines Association CT-1
In Memory of Ray Bruzinski
In Honor of Morgan Davis
In Memory of Matt Deluca
In Memory of Jack Gulino
In Honor of Philip Lent
In Honor of Casey Saunders
In Honor of Gregg Saunders