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Monthly Newsletter
December 2016

From the Desk of the Executive Director:

Happy Holidays!

It is my hope that you and those you care about, will enjoy the Holidays and be ready for the New Year!  At this time of the year, we get extra busy. Between the holidays and people wanting to help us, it really is a "Wonderful Time of Year"!

Thanks to everyone who participated in another very successful Thanksgiving Box Program. Once again we used our partners to provide over 1,200 family members a special Thanksgiving Dinner.

This is also the time of year when we ramp up our efforts to acquire the neccessary donations and contributions we need to continue to help the over 1,600+ people we serve each year.  To help us with our end-of-year fundraising efforts, many of you should have recently received our Annual End of Year Mailing piece and tomorrow is Colorado Gives Day throughout Colorado and a great time to support those nonprofits who make our communities and our lives better.  In addition, last Thursday we once again enjoyed the Valley Bank and Trust Annual Silent Auction, a fundraising event to support Almost Home, which I have been a part of for all 17 years I have been here.

In short we are busy and because we receive over 400 calls a month from people needing assistance, which means we need your help and your support. We do our best to make it easy for you to make a financial contribution, you can always call in a donation with your credit card info or visit our website at www.almosthomeonline.org to make your year-end donation.

Again, Happy Holidays!  Please enjoy this special time of year, with your loved ones and think about all of those in your life who are special to you and who make our lives wonderful. And always, keep Almost Home in your hearts.
 
Thank You,

Terry M. Moore
Executive Director

Support Almost Home This Colorado Gives Day

Colorado’s largest one-day online giving event, presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, is tomorrow, Tuesday, December 6th and we need your support.
 
Tomorrow, thousands of donors will come together to support Colorado nonprofits like ours. Last year, we received a record-breaking $6,535 from Almost Home friends on Colorado Gives Day. This year, our goal is to raise $10,000!

Your donation will help us to continue to provide the services needed by the hungry and homeless in our community.

Did you know?
  • Job loss, family death/divorce, & illnesses are the most common causes of homelessness.
  • Over 60% of the homeless in Adams County are families with children.
  • Almost Home provided services to 1,613 individuals in need last year.
  • 24% of the homeless were “newly homeless” for less than a year or homeless for the first time.
  • Almost Home provided 5,168 nights of shelter last year.
  • There are currently 320 homeless children in our 27J school district.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
 
Almost Home has made it easy for you to participate:
 

Click above to schedule a donation and learn more about Almost Home and the work we do for those in need in our community.

About Colorado Gives Day
Colorado Gives Day is powered by ColoradoGives.org, a year-round website featuring more than 1,650 nonprofits. ColoradoGives.org encourages charitable giving by providing comprehensive, objective and up-to-date information about Colorado nonprofits and an easy way to support them online.
 
GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE ON COLORADO GIVES DAY!

For the 14th consecutive year, Almost Home once again hosted our Annual Thanksgiving Meal Box program which supplies a box that is filled with everything needed to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal for a family, including the turkey!  The meals are provided for free to low-income families that reside in Brighton.  We are thrilled to announce that this year we handed out 300 meal boxes which results in over 1,250 meals served to folks living in our Brighton community.  An event this large takes the help of a village and thankfully many Brighton area businesses, organizations and individuals stepped up to help make this program possible by either volunteering, hosting a collection drive or making a monetary donation.  CLICK HERE for the full list of those that helped us out this year.  We are glad that we could once again provide a delicious Thanksgiving meal to those in need in our community.
 










For more information about our annual program and to view all the photos from the event please CLICK HERE.

 
Thank you so much to everyone that participated in the recent National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.  Thanks to your help we were able to bring more awareness to the issue of hunger & homelessness in our community and bring in donations to Almost Home so we can continue to provide the services needed to those experiencing hunger and/or homelessness in our community.
 
 
Tuesday, November 15
Mayor Dick McLean & the Brighton City Council presented Almost Home and local food pantry directors with a Certificate of Proclamation to declare National Hunger &  Homelessness Awareness Week.
 








 Wednesday, November 16
Our friends at Something Brewery hosted a fun evening at the brewery and graciously donated $1 for every pint sold to Almost Home which resulted in a generous donation of $166 to Almost Home!  In addition, our friend Zachary Reese hosted an art show at the brewery that same evening and offered to donate 10% of all art sales which resulted in a $70 donation to Almost Home!  WOW, what a fun way to raise funds. Cheers!
 
Thursday, November 17
For a second year in a row, Chopsticks Vietnamese Restaurant hosted a "Dine & Donate" event to benefit Almost Home.  Thank you to owners David & Hieu for your donation of $100 to support National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.
 
Friday, November 18
Almost Home Development Director, Rachel Monroe is a Lemongrass Spa Products sales consultant and she hosted an online shopping event where 20% of sales were donated to Almost Home.  Thank you for your $80 donation & dedication to Almost Home.

We would like to send out a special thank you to Valley Bank & Trust for hosting a wonderful event on Thursday evening.  Everything was amazing, the food, wine, silent auction items and the many people that were in attendance.  Thank you to everyone at Valley Bank & Trust for all your hard work to put this annual event together to benefit Almost Home.  Your continued support and generosity is truly appreciated.
What a FUN even that was hosted by the Flutterby Foundation Powered by RE/MAX Momentum to benefit Almost Home. The members of the Flutterby Foundation stopped by the Almost Home office to present us a HUGE check in the amount of $4,200 from proceeds from the event, WOW!!  We had a great time sampling all those delicious chilis and mingling with guests. Thank you to everyone that came out to support the event and congratulations to the winners!  

Community Involvement & Donations

BIG THANKS to our friends at United Power!  The staff at United Power started a collection drive to help out during the holidays at Almost Home.  Thank you for stopping by and surprising us with this HUGE check, we will be sure to do some good for those in need with your generous donation!

 
Thanks to Katie & Danielle with Visiting Angels for dropping off 4 huge bags of coat donations to the Almost Home office.  In early January we will be distributing gently used winter coats, gloves, scarfs, hats & socks.  Stay tuned for a date and time in the near future.

Thank you to Girl Scout Troop #60957 for presenting our shelter manager, Michelle Smith (pictured) with birthday gifts for the kids at our shelter. What a great idea and way to help others!

Almost Home Development Director, Rachel Monroe and Pennock Center for Counseling Executive Director, Jody Pierce participated in the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Annual Fall Conference held in October. Thank you ladies for increasing your knowledge for the betterment of our Brighton nonprofits!

Almost Home staff enjoyed a moment with Adams County Commissioner, Chaz Tedesco at the Brighton Chamber of Commerce annual golf tournament held in September. Thank you to Feis & Co for donating your Sponsorship Hole to Almost Home.

Almost Home staff members participated in the Applicant Resource Fair in September which is hosted by the Brighton Housing Authority. Lots of citizens getting information on various resources availability to those in need in our community.

Thank you to Regan & Jade, third graders from Bromley East Charter School. They stopped by our office after school and volunteered to pack "Blessing Bags" for the homeless that stop by our office. The bags have a variety of non-perishable foods, bottled water, energy drink & hygiene products. If you would like to donate non-perishable items for the "Blessing Bags" please contact Rachel Monroe at Almost Home.  Thank you kiddos!!
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