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Golfers, Sponsors make Impressive Showing at Most Successful Golf Tournament in CHGM History!

 

2014 Tourney Winners, Team K&S Finance Larry Smith Wayne Stepp Bill Dodd George Short CHGM hosted its 12th Annual "Hope for the Homeless" Golf Tournament sponsored by the National Capital Bank at Glenn Dale Golf Club on September 22nd. Eighteen teams enjoyed beautiful weather for our annual fundraiser.

  

Competition was tight with the first and second place teams decided by a play-off hole. Larry Smith's K&S Finance team came out on top with a score of 57. Scott Hamilton's "Stroke of Luck" team took second, with Don Denton's Coldwell Banker team coming in at a close third with a score of 58. Caroline Klos, Larry Smith, Becky Dye, and Chris Grafton won skills contests and Bea Carson took home the coveted Peggy Pecore Putting Contest trophy. Everyone celebrated our 

winners and a great day of golf over a BBQ dinner provided by DCity Smokehouse.

 

We are so grateful to all of our golf tournament sponsors, raffle prize donors, golfers, and volunteers. Our community's generous support and the hard work of our incredible Golf Committee enabled CHGM to increase our net proceeds by a whopping 35% over last year's record! This means that CHGM will have more vital resources to serve the myriad needs of our homeless neighbors. Thank you all! We hope to see you again next year!

The Hill was Alive on October 15th! 

 

Hot on the heels of our golf tournament, CHGM hosted our first-ever a cappella benefit concert called, "The Hill Is Alive!" On October 15th, six a cappella groups came from universities across the metro area to donate their time and talents. In addition to great doo-wop, pop, and R&B music, the event included a raffle with musical prizes from participating groups and a bowling party donated by Pinstripes. 

 

While the event was filled with wonderful, fun music, a CHGM client stole the show with a touching testimony of her struggle and triumph after a tragic accident left her unable to work her two jobs, and she fell into a years long period of homelessness. She exemplifies what formerly homeless individuals can accomplish with the support of CHGM's staff and services. Having rebuilt her life, she now volunteers her time as a facilitator for CHGM's Action Hour, where homeless individuals have a safe place to talk about shared struggles and learn how to become better advocates for themselves and each other.

 

Thanks to everyone who came out for the show or donated tickets so that our clients could attend. We had so much fun that we are looking forward to hosting a bigger and better event next fall or in the spring of 2015.

Calling All Winter Volunteers! Join the Hypothermia Emergency Response Team!

Hypothermia season (November 1st to March 31st) is the most dangerous season for our homeless neighbors. Last year's gruesome winter resulted in the deaths of as many as nine homeless individuals and we are expected to have another tough winter this year. Inspired by those of you who expressed a desire to help last winter, CHG  M is creating a Hypothermia Emergency Response Team (HERT).

  
HERT volunteers will be trained to offer basic outreach and emergency services to our unsheltered neighbors. Following the training, HERT volunteers will be on-call to canvass the streets on hypothermia alert nights, days when the government closes due to the cold, and on weekends. HERT members will offer blankets, cold weather gear, snacks, and hot beverages to those they find out in the cold. They will assess them for signs of hypothermia, encourage them to move indoors, and call for assistance with anyone at risk who can't or won't move inside.  With the overwhelming coverage area for which the CHGM outreach program is responsible, CHGM is excited to enlist community members to help us meet critical service needs during the frigid winter months. 

 

If you would like to become a HERT member, please attend our volunteer training at our November Community Night on Veteran's Day (November 11th). It will be a great opportunity to learn basic engagement and crisis response tools, and is a wonderful way to honor our veterans, too many of whom are homeless.

 

Sign up to attend the HERT training, and feel free to contact Whitney Parnell at parnell@chgm.net or 202-544-0631 for more information about the initiative.
Feeling Thankful? Pay it Forward by Donating a Holiday Meal to a Family in Need
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The holiday season is right around the corner, and CHGM is prepared to do its part in making it a more enjoyable season for our clients and less privileged families in the community. We'll kick that off with our annual collection and distribution of Thanksgiving baskets.

 

Because of your generosity, support, and compassion, CHGM's 2013 Thanks-GIVING Food Basket Program was successful in serving a Thanksgiving Day feast with all the trimmings to 405 families in our Capitol Hill community. We estimate that the need will be at least as great this year.

 

Registration to provide a basket will be open through mid-November. For more information about how you can donate a basket, valued at about $50 for a family of four, and for detailed instructions on what to include, please contact Shelah Wilcox at wilcox@chgm.net.

Join us for CHGM's 11th Annual Interfaith Service 

Capitol Hill Group Ministry will host our 11th Annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service at 4pm on Sunday, November 23rd at Mount Moriah Baptist Church located at 1636 East Capitol St NE.

 

The Service will incorporate readings and prayers from diverse faith traditions and the inspired voices of congregational choirs. We will also celebrate individuals who have provided outstanding service to CHGM and the Capitol Hill community.

 

Please join us to celebrate our community, our diversity, and our service to our homelessness neighbors and each other.

 

Contact Whitney Parnell for more information about the Interfaith Service at parnell@chgm.net or 202-544-0631.
Upcoming Events: Mark Your Calendars!
Hypothermia Emergency Response Team Training (Community Night), 11/11, 6pm - 7:30pm - Join us as CHGM says "thank you" to all of our committed volunteers.

11th Annual Interfaith Service, (Mount Moriah Baptist Church), 11/23, 4pmCelebrate CHGM's ever expanding services to our neighbors in need, the Capitol Hill community, and many of the congregations and volunteers that help make our neighborhood such a wonderful place to call home.

Thanksgiving Basket Distribution (Shirley's Place), 11/24, 10am - 12pm -  Families who have signed up to receive Thanksgiving baskets can retrieve their items at Shirley's Place
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