A big Valentine’s Day heart to all those who volunteered or donated funds for a Valentine’s Day Party for 40 male residents of our neighborhood who are experiencing homelessness. We had over 20 volunteers and raised more than sufficient funds to serve a fabulous meal (plus lots of treats and left-overs for the guys) to everyone. Volunteers and residents shared good conversation and sat down for a meal together. Thanks to board member Donna Cordner and her team of volunteers, our local St. Marks Church, where the men sleep at night, was decorated with holiday cheer and the men were each given a Valentines “goody bag” thoughtfully created by our volunteers. We saw big smiles on some struggling faces.
After enjoying Primo’s hoagies, lots of fixings, and desserts galore, the men and volunteers continued the fun with an Eagles themed game of “Topple the Tower”, which reminded everyone of who we toppled last Sunday! It was a huge ice breaker – a game of Eagles Jenga on every table. The room vibrated with groans and cheers as pieces were successfully removed, or the tower toppled. The games were left for the guys to play again, as they enjoyed them so much (and we did, too!).
This event is part of a commitment of CCRA to make our neighborhood a better place to live, work and play, for ALL its residents. We will continue to work with the Bethesda Project to find community-based solutions to reduce homelessness as well as lessen its impact on our neighborhood. If you are interested in joining this initiative in some way (donating clothes, food, time, etc.), please contact board member Barbara Halpern at firstname.lastname@example.org