FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 31, 2013, Green Bay, Wis. – Thanks to the generous donations of several area organizations, Freedom House is delighted to announce it raised $60,000 at the 2013 Celebration of Hope, an annual fundraiser held Oct. 7. Underwriting by Arketype, Love Jones 4 Kids Foundation, James and Tamika Jones, Schneider National and Pioneer Credit Union made that possible by covering all costs of the event before hosting it. And sponsorships during the event from Schneider National, Community First Credit Union, Fox Converting, Legacy Wealth, BMO Harris Bank, Johnson Bank, WPS/Integrys, Dominion Title Exchange, Thrivent Financial and Foxwood Associates, made the 10th annual event the most successful ever – more people participating, more people pledging ongoing support, people more generously supporting the mission of the shelter for all types of homeless families with children.
“This year’s Celebration of Hope was particularly necessary,” said Robyn Davis, President of Freedom House. “We had a very slow summer coming after a dip in donations first quarter. We can only help homeless families through the generous donations of the community, and thanks to that ongoing support, we’re able to help change the lives of hundreds of homeless families every year. As important as this fundraiser is, the $60,000 will cover just under a month of operations.”
Freedom House provided 11,115 shelter nights to families in Fiscal Year 2012/13. Brown County’s only shelter serving all types of homeless families with children, was started in 1992 by a handful of Green Bay churches to address the growing issue of homelessness. It was named a 2013 Top Rated Nonprofit by Great Nonprofits, an organization dedicated to providing reviews and ratings of nonprofits nationwide to give donors and volunteers confidence in the nonprofits they choose to support. Its vision is to provide programs that cause families to be successful in all areas of their lives – spiritually, emotionally, socially, physically, financially and intellectually. Since its inception, Freedom House has served over 1,200 families and 2,500 children in the Northeastern Wisconsin area. Currently 10 families are in house with 10 adults and 36 children. Another 99 families are on an in-town waiting list (104 adults; 217 children).