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The Way Home Holiday Drive Collecting Household Items on Saturday, December 13

HOUSTON, Texas (December 8, 2014) —– The partners of The Way Home campaign to end homelessness welcome the public to a daylong collection of ‘Welcome Home’ basket items on December 13 at the Neighborhood Resource Center.

The Welcome Home Project established a long-term campaign to assist individuals as they leave homelessness behind and move into permanent housing. The public can provide monetary or in-kind donations, from pots and pans to sheets and blankets.

 

“Along with the joy of new housing comes the need for everyday supplies that many of us take for granted,” said Marilyn Brown of The Way Home. “The Welcome Home Project provides a resource for The Way Home’s service provider partners to access for their clients.”

 

More than 500 Welcome Home baskets have been donated to those in need since last year. Eligible items include home goods, cleaning supplies, linens, and other supplies to help individuals transition into their new homes. A check list of supplies can be found here. Monetary contributions to help purchase these supplies are also welcome and can be made at http://www.thewayhomehouston.org.

‘Welcome Home’ Household Item Collection:
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Neighborhood Resource Center
815 Crosby Street, Houston, TX 77019
9:00 am – Noon

As Houston, Harris County, and Fort Bend County work to meet the federal goals of ending veteran and chronic homelessness by 2015, more than 130 individuals have been housed in the last few months through projects such as the 1115 Medicaid Waiver project. Community partners anticipate housing about 220 more homeless people in the next few months.

For more information on the Welcome Basket Project, contact Scot More, Project Manager with the Coalition for the Homeless, at 832-531-6008 or smore@homelesshouston.org.

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In 2011, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) named Houston a priority community to help end Homelessness. Learn more about The Way Home at: http://www.thewayhomehouston.org.

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