Homes With Hope
The “joke” in Westport is that the town has the only homeless shelter in the country that’s four doors down from a Tiffany. I bet the executives at Tiffany get a good chuckle over that one.
Homes With Hope offers housing, over 30,000 meals a year, Masters-level counseling, and an opportunity for independence to homeless and mentally challenged people and their families. A lot of Tiffany customers volunteer at HwH, and the success stories are worth their weight in gold.
Robin’s Note: Currently, there are 86 people sleeping every night in close proximity to the jewelers. 30 of these people are children. Also, the HwH board appoints two high school student members, a junior and a senior, who volunteer for 2 years.
Who they are: “Homes with Hope provides facilities and supportive services in a structured environment that enable homeless people in the communities we serve to achieve an independent and self-sufficient life.”—ihawestport.com
What they provide: “Permanent affordable supportive housing, casework and supportive services, emergency shelter, food and meals and the life skills training critical in preventing homelessness from reoccurring.”—ihawestport.com
Approximate number of employees and volunteers: Over 400
Biggest fundraising efforts:
- May sandcastle event at Compo Beach, Westport
- Annual “Stand Up for Homes With Hope” Gala, featuring comic luminaries such as Bill Cosby and Wayne Brady