CHI launched a new initiative in late June which assists its homeless clients in gaining independence, the Hand Up Fund.
This fund, inspired by support from Charles Rutenberg Realty and The Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation is a vehicle to allow donors to have a direct impact in bettering the life of another. The donations are used to allow families living in CHI's emergency housing to meet needs that allow them to become more self-sufficient. These small amounts, anywhere from $25 to $250, cover costs associated with employment, education, vocational programs, after school activities for children and transportation.
“To many of us, these small costs would be insignificant. But our clients, who have so little, can see the $100 cost of a uniform for a job as insurmountable and a barrier to success. The Hand Up Fund allows us to break down this barrier,” said Alexander H. Roberts, Executive Director of CHI.
CHI celebrated the fund's launch by showcasing one of its first recipients, Mildred Stewart, at the agency's benefit dinner on June 26th. Ms. Stewart shared her experience with homelessness, CHI and the Hand Up Fund. She is currently completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at Purdue University Global with aspirations to become a speech writer. Through the Hand Up Fund, CHI awarded Ms. Stewart a new laptop to allow her to complete her studies. (Pictured left: Alexander H. Roberts, Executive Director of CHI, with Mildred Stewart, and her children Nasan and Nyla.)
Some of the other early recipients have benefited from the generosity of donors to the Hand Up Fund by being able to sit for the Certified Nursing Assistant exam and recertification, Medical Assistant Exam, driving classes, uniforms for a new job, the fee to obtain a copy of a birth certificate to register for school or gain employment, and after school activities for children.
To learn more or to donate to the fund, please visit www.communityhousing.org/how-to-help/handupfund.