7th Annual Wind Chill Fund Dinner Will Raise Funds for the Homeless - Daily Hudson Valley News

7th Annual Wind Chill Fund Dinner Will Raise Funds for the Homeless

Mar 11th, 2013 | By | Category: Community Happenings

Hudson River Housing will hold its 7th Annual Wind Chill Fund Dinner on Thursday, March 14th from 6 – 9pm at the Inn at the Alumnae House at Vassar College.

The Wind Chill Dinner raises funds to support operations of the Dutchess County Coalition for the Homeless (DCCH), an emergency overnight homeless shelter operated by Hudson River Housing.  DCCH provides shelter 365 nights of the year, operating no matter what conditions are present.  In addition to a bed for the night, DCCH provides two meals (breakfast and dinner), transportation, shower and laundry facilities, and case management.  Case management services are designed to assist those utilizing the shelter to identify and obtain appropriate permanent housing. “Our objective is not to just provide emergency shelter.  That is critically important, and we are available to serve those in need.  However, what we really want to do is help people move past homelessness, find a permanent place to live, and give them the tools they need to be successful,” states Elizabeth Celaya, Director of Organizational Development.

DCCH receives grant and donor support, and is the beneficiary of tremendous generosity and contribution of time from volunteers.  However, the program operates at a deficit each year.  “This is such a mission-driven program,” states Celaya.  “It is the core of what Hudson River Housing does, which is why we do whatever is needed to keep it going year after year.” However, the program relies on continued donations to maintain operations.  In 2012, over 640 individuals utilized the shelter, the highest number ever in nearly 30 years of operations.

The 7th Annual Wind Chill Fund Dinner will raise funds to support shelter operations. A silent auction and live music are part of the program, as are moving testimonials from clients who have been helped by the shelter. “That’s really what this is all about – hearing from those we have helped, learning from them, and finding ways to keep going,” states Celaya.

For more information about Hudson River Housing and DCCH, please contact (845) 454-5176.

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