Hudson River Housing Wind Chill Fund Dinner Aids The Homeless
Hudson River Housing Executive Director Christa Hines and HRH Director of Strategic Initiatives Elizabeth Celaya.
Hope on a Mission: HOAM founder Cara Mia Bacchiochi, Unshattered founder Kelly Lyndgaard and photographer Melissa Surprise. HOAM provides physical and emotional support for homeless women in Poughkeepsie and Unshattered provides employment to women winning their fight against addiction, making handbags out of repurposed and donated materials, while returning 100 percent of its net profit to the Hoving Home.
Kate Drag, Tina Calcutti, Christine Robb, Linda Malave and Robin Dilio.
Staff Sargent Andria Ingram (VFW post 170), Mercedes Torres of Fidelis Care, and First Sargent David Hargett.
Shelly Humeston, Julie Gregory, Bianca Martin and Kim Downey were all there to support HRH from Salisbury Bank.
Marsha Eldridge and Nora Culharre.
HRH Director of Facilities Howard Lawrence and HRH Director of Finance Michael Schreiber.
We don't often have the opportunity to dive as southerly into our region as Poughkeepsie, New York, but we were happy to attend, on Friday, Nov. 10, the Wind Chill Dinner for Hudson River Housing at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. The freezing deluge of rain outside that evening and the warm glow inside the elegant hotel highlighted the importance of the organization's work: finding and providing shelter to Dutchess County's homeless. The funds raised at the event are going directly to the Webster House Emergency Shelter. The evening of great food, music, company and a silent auction were capped with a keynote speech by Becca Stevens, an author, speaker, social justice entrepreneur and priest. She is the founder and president of Thistle Farms, a movement dedicated to supporting women survivors of trafficking, prostitution and addiction. While it was a lovely evening inside, the plight of those left outside, as winter approaches fast, was on everyone's mind. “We are here to celebrate unity and fight homelessness,” said attendee Linda Malave. “We can't forget why we are here.”
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