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Taste and See Raises $51,000 to Prevent Homelessness

Pilot House, NOAH, and CHAMP Benefit from Our Lady of Victory Event

Press Release
December 12, 2008

CENTERVILLE, MA – Organizations that serve the homeless last week received checks totaling $51,000 from Our Lady of Victory Church, raised in the parish’s annual Taste & See event in October.

The church presented $17,000 checks for Pilot House, a collaborative effort of the Duffy Health Center and Community Action Committee of Cape Cod and Islands; the NOAH Center, an emergency shelter program of Housing Assistance Corporation; and CHAMP Homes, a program of Housing for All.

In presenting the checks on Dec. 8, The Rev. Mark Hession, pastor of Our Lady of Victory, described this year’s event as another huge success. This is the seventh year that Taste & See has supported homeless services in the area. “All the agencies represented here today make our community a better place to live.”

Taste and See is an annual dinner of chef samplings provided by local restaurants, and includes a silent auction and live auction of fine art and special opportunities. Anne Thompson of NBC news is the mistress of ceremonies; an auction of fine, local art was presided over by Duncan Gray of Sandwich Auction. Sheila Horan of Centerville was the event chairwoman.

“In these economic times it is even more important to have a place for clients to have a safe place to begin turning their lives around” said Claire Goyer, Executive Director of the Duffy Health Center which co manages Pilot House. “This gift will allow us to continue providing that safety net.”

“We are most grateful to Taste & See, and the entire Our Lady of Victory community, for their continued support of our programs and others that support services to the homeless in our community,” said Rick Presbrey, CEO/President of Housing Assistance Corporation.”Their generosity in these particularly difficult times help us provide our guests with clean and safe shelter when there is no place else for them to go.“

Paul Hebert, President/CEO of Housing for All said, “I assure you that we are of the greatest appreciation for this gift, especially with this year of pain and suffering with the poor as the result of decisions made in the halls of power far removed from the people who suffer most.”

Community Action Committee of the Cape and Islands and the Duffy Health Center will use their share of the proceeds to help support Pilot House, a modified therapeutic shelter that houses 20 previously chronically homeless individuals in recovery and offers case management, medical and behavioral health services.

HAC will use its gift to support the NOAH shelter, which provides overnight shelter to more than 50 men and women every night, as well as meals, housing placement, employment search and access to other integral services.