On June 11, under sunny skies and on the first 90-degree day of the season, The SUCCESS Project hosted the fifth annual Summer Jam community resource fair and block party, and welcomed another great crowd to the event. With carnival style games and attractions, crafts, vendor booths, and dozens of organizations sharing information about their programs and services, attendees had a great time and learned plenty. Many guests were surprised to discover the number of support programs in the area that are open to the public, including those offered by The SUCCESS Project.
The SUCCESS Project Program Coordinator Ellen Kunzelman adds, “Summer Jam is all about making connections: our residents connecting with the rest of the community and everyone--residents and visitors alike--connecting with the different groups who help make Somerset Manor and Havre de Grace in general such a great place to live.”
Summer Jam 2017 is set for June 10, 2017 from Noon-4pm. Save the date plan now to be a vendor or sponsor!
Community Comes Together
at Somerset Manor
On Saturday, April 23, members of various local churches gathered at Somerset Manor for a day of community service during ServeFest.
Our residents worked side by side these groups, as everyone swept, picked up, painted, de-cluttered, planted, raked and mulched to beautify our community. After a long morning, everyone shared a meal, too.
The SUCCESS Project hosted a new event on the grounds of HDGHA on April 26.
Poverty Walk was an interactive experience that let participants step into the life for a low-income family. Visitors gained new awareness of the many challenges a low-income family can face when struggling to access various community services. The goal of the event was to forge new community partnerships to positively impact the lives of our residents. The Aegis covered Poverty Walk. See the story here.
Beacon of Hope Re-invented
Beacon of Hope, our annual dinner, dance and fundraiser, has undergone a radical makeover. The event, which is set for November 4, has been re-named the Gala of Hope
and will celebrate not only the families of HDGHA, but also families helped by other agencies in Harford County.
The Gala will be the culmination of the "Families of Hope" fundraising competition. a new county-wide effort created to bring awareness to the many groups that provide assistance of all kinds to local families in need. It is also intended to help change perceptions about what being a "family in need" really means.
To participate, a family must be nominated by a sponsoring agency, reside in Harford County and meet certain requirements. Each family must set a financial goal, such as making a down payment on a house or car or paying off a debt; then work together to raise funds to achieve that goal. The family that raises the most will keep half of what they raise; the other half will benefit The SUCCESS Project to support programs that help other families.
Families of Hope is currently seeking up to 12 families to participate. For more details or to nominate a family, email Ellen@hdgha.org.