Join us for a fun, casual evening of Nite at the Races, casino games, and the Rubi Girls! There will be winners for each race, at the tables, and a grand prize. Proceeds will benefit Homefull and our mission to end homelessness and help our community with housing, food, and jobs.
Nearly 30 vendors at the 2nd Street Market, 600 E. Second St. in downtown Dayton, now accept SNAP/food assistance Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) tokens thanks to a partnership with Homefull, a nonprofit organization working to end homelessness. Participating vendors offer fresh food items, such as produce, dairy products, meat, specialty foods and bread.
This new partnership addresses a significant community need: According to Homefull and area news outlets, 23 percent of households in the Dayton area struggle with food hardship — the fourth highest rate in the United States. When compared to the rest of Ohio, Montgomery County has a higher proportion of residents who receive public benefits yet a lower number of SNAP/EBT and WIC-authorized vendors.
“The 2nd Street Market helps Five Rivers MetroParks serve as the region’s conservation leader by providing our community convenient access to local food, which is less taxing on the environment and often healthier,” said Market Manager Jimmy Harless. “This partnership with Homefull helps the Market provide new customers with more options for stocking their kitchens with locally grown and produced food.”
The partnership is funded by a two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture aimed at increasing SNAP/EBT redemption at farmers markets in Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties.
Also new at the 2nd Street Market on Saturdays, Homefull Solutions will sell fresh produce grown by clients at its microfarm, located on the grounds of the men’s Gateway shelter on Gettysburg Avenue. Homefull Solutions also operates a community supported agriculture (CSA) program and The Market at Wright Stop Plaza.
“We’re excited to make it more convenient for our clients and the community to purchase fresh, healthy, local produce,” said Tina Patterson, Homefull’s chief executive officer. “This partnership also provides our clients with access to paying jobs, teaches them productive skills through meaningful activity and improves self-esteem.”
The 2nd Street Market is open Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 40 vendors offer such kitchen staples as bread, milk, cheese, meats, oils, flour and more. The Market was named Best Farmers Market on the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Best of Ohio Readers’ Ballot from Ohio Magazine. The list of winners was generated by votes cast by Ohio Magazine’s website visitors each fall. Learn more about the 2nd Street Market at metroparks.org/localfood.
Registration at 8 a.m.,
race start at 9 a.m.
Walkers and children welcome!
Proceeds benefit Homefull and the homeless of Dayton and Montgomery County. $30 (includes a t-shirt if registered by Nov. 1, or while supplies last after that). Online registration at http://www.homefull.org/run4achange.
Entry Fees: $30 (Includes t-shirt if registered by November 1st, or while supplies last!)
Awards: Top 3 male and female as well as age division winners; corporate/ organization teams; door prizes and other giveaways, too.
Divisions: Gender and ages as well as a competition for corporate/ organization teams!
Course: Five Rivers Bike Trail from Island Park to Wegerzyn Gardens and back.
Homefull is hosting a Phone-A-Thon on June 24, 25 and 26, and they need your help! Homefull, formerly The Other Place, was founded in 1988 in Dayton, Ohio and has grown to meet the challenging needs of our community in service to homeless persons. They have a bold vision of “a community where there is no homelessness” and a mission “to work to end homelessness by providing housing, services, advocacy and education.” Homefull offers a comprehensive continuum of care and services to those who are at risk of homelessness, to those who are currently homeless and to those who are formerly homeless. Their programs and services include street outreach, prevention and diversion, Gateway shelter assessment and case management, social enterprise Micro-Farm & Landscaping, housing search and placement, rapid rehousing, and supportive services in transitional and permanent housing.
Homefull is requesting you volunteer one 3 hour shift to help Homefull connect with donors in a fun, energetic atmosphere! Training is provided on site the evening(s) you volunteer. Make a HUGE impact in helping to end homelessness right here in Dayton, Ohio! Take your pick of three shifts: Tuesday 6/24, Wednesday 6/25 and/or Thursday 6/26 from 6:30 pm-9:00 pm at our office. Free dinner is provided and there will be gift card raffle prizes for volunteers. Bring a friend or even a group with you to earn more chances to win fabulous prizes!
For more information or to sign up contact Carly with questions 937-293-1045 x 530.
It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year! You can help families that recently experienced homelessness feel more “homefull” through the Adopt a Family program. You can make a difference by adopting families and providing them with much needed presents and household items.
Homefull is happy to offer this opportunity to alleviate the burden of the holiday season on families who recently experienced homelessness and are already stretched thin. Homefull can connect your own family, business or organization with Homefull clients who could use some extra help to make this holiday season a little more hopeful. They can supply you with the ages, sizes and preferences of families of many different sizes.
Wouldn’t it be nice to remind others going through a rough time how much our community cares about them, and give a gift that you know is much needed and much appreciated this year?
If you can help by “adopting” a family this season, please register through this link below by November 11th and help families feel more “homefull” this holiday!
The Promises of Homefull puts a face and a voice to the clients of Homefull in Dayton, Ohio.
Today two young children will be playing with their toys on their living room floor. Their favorite cartoon will be streaming through the television. The kids are laughing and sharing their toys with one another. Later, they will go outside and run around the yard, letting their imaginations running as wild as free as any child’s mind should. Their lives are completely free from any cares in the world.
Meanwhile, the parents of those same children are experiencing a different situation. They just received a letter on their front door. They have just two days to pack up all their belongings and leave their home. A home that they have worked to build to provide those children playing outside a safe haven. A home that has collected memories that would last a lifetime. In a moment’s notice-it’s all gone. The parents haven’t been able to pay rent in the recent months leading up to this day. Both have been barely been able to keep food on the table. They have had to make some difficult decisions. Can they afford to pay the power bill?! If so, what bill will they not pay?! Is the gas bill going to be payed?! How our they both going to get to work, because they aren’t able to afford to fill up their vehicles. For many, including in the city of Dayton, these are everyday questions. The uncertainty of everyday living is more stressful than most could ever imagine. Luckily, there is support for those individuals who need it when the worst circumstances occur, like getting the evection notice on the door, or if some of the household bills need to be taken care of. The support is called Homefull.
Homefull, located at Edwin C. Moses Blvd in Dayton, is a nonprofit organization that is working to end homelessness for people mentioned earlier by providing housing, services, advocacy and education. Formally called The Other Place, Homefull is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. To honor the milestone, the 25th Anniversary Gala will be transpiring on September 19th at the Dayton Art Institute.
Homefull opened their doors to help those in need in 1988 at the Christ Episcopal Church in town. Soon after opening, the organization started to slowly build their shelters to what they are today. One thing has always been the same-to be the support for people who are or about to experience homelessness. The group feverishly works to educate the community about how homelessness happens and what can be done to prevent it. Homefull also works to help provide individuals who are struggling direct services, such as helping them find housing, paying bills and the mortgage by offering assistance. By doing this, Homefull gives guidance to these folks by enrolling them in programs to get them back on their feet. The programs include learning how to budget what you have money wise, providing job development, among others. Homefull have this for their yearly goal:
- 800 men, women, & children housed
- 500 dedicated volunteers helping in their organization
- 100 corporate partners being part of the organization
- Accumulate $250,000 in financial support
The 25th Anniversary Gala being held at the Dayton Art Institute is going to be an evening that will be simply magical as the museum will provide the perfect backdrop for the event. The evening’s mission will be asking one question-what will be possible? To explore that question, chorographer Rodney Veal will be presenting a mind-blowing musical/theatre/dance/visual show that will have the attendees be blown away. Veal’s astounding vision includes presenting a gown that will be completely made out of recycled newspapers. Another featured outfit will have LED lights hanging over the gown. These are just a few things that will be presented as you head to the dinner. While enjoying your dinner you will be hearing great music from local musician Danny Voris along with a special treat that will surely make your evening. Local artwork will be part of the silent auction. Artists such as Amy Kollar Anderson, Erin Holscher Almazan, Mark Echtner, William Jones, Nick Stamas are just a few that will artwork presented, expanding the boundaries of elements from all angles that truly explore what is possible.
September 19th promises to be an evening that will show all who attend what is truly important-Homefull is doing extraordinary things in the fight against homelessness. The volunteers that are part of the organization express how much of a joy it is to help their fellow neighbors who are of in need. Last year, Homefull helped over 3500 people. More recent success includes more than 400 units are available for supportive housing and chronic homelessness is down by 65%. However, they are more than 1000 men and women a night aren’t able to be so fortunate. By attending the Gala at Dayton Art Institute, you will be doing your part to help the cause. To ensure seating, Homefull said that would like attendees to RSVP as soon as possible, but no later than September 3rd.
To register to attend, visit homefull.org, or call (937) 293-1945.
Local business Berns Garden Center partners with and hosts the Homefull Holiday Tree Lot with all proceeds from tree sales supporting the programs of Homefull, working to end homelessness in Dayton. Opening 11/23/12 until sell-out, the lot features a great selection of Ohio-grown Fraser and Douglas Firs and Scotch Pines. Homefull staff, volunteers and clients who worked the Homefull Micro-Farm and Community Landscaping Program will be on-site daily to help customers.
The lot will be open Monday – Saturday from 10am -7pm and on Sunday from 10am – 5pm. Click to get your $10 off coupon!Berns Garden Center 3776 Indian Ripple Rd. Beavercreek, OH 45440