Community Foundation Supports Home Run Events

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Community Foundation for Delta County Supports Innovative Approach to Community Revitalization

By Bobbie Stacey - Founder of Home Run Innovations Inc.

The Community Foundation for Delta County recently awarded a $2400 start-up grant to the organizers of Home Run Events: Running for Caring Communities.

Home Run Events seeks to build the next generation of good citizens through fun, fitness and ending homelessness in our community.

Three Delta County homeless shelter and transitional housing providers will be the beneficiaries of the first Home Run Event on May, 23, 2008 in Escanaba - the Alliance Against Violence and Abuse, Lutheran Social Services Voices for Youth and The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army Home Run 2009 will incorporate joint fundraising for all three agencies.

Half of all Home Run Event proceeds will be placed into an endowment with the Community Foundation of the Upper Peninsula the interest from which will fund badly needed services that goverment funding historically has not covered in our rural area.

Initially, Home Run Events will seek grants from national foundations and energy conservation companies to create net-zero energy properties for use as transitional living facilities for a five year period. These properties will provide a bridge from homelessness to self-sufficiency, typically a six to eighteen month process per individual or family. At the end of five years the properties will be sold to private buyers and the capital gains re-invested into the next zero-energy project in a new neighborhood, eventually self-funding the program.

Shown in the accompanying photo are from left: Sherri Viau of the Alliance Against Violence and Abuse, Bobbie Stacey, Mary Busick of Lutheran Social Services Voices for Youth, Major William Cox of The Salvation Army, Alice Butch of the Community Foundation for Delta County and Brenda Lippens of the Delta County Credit Union.

Delta County residents with a passion for youth development and/or community development are asked to call Bobbie Stacey, (906) 399-3567 to get involved.

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Youth & Rural Revitalization

Actively engaging youth and their families toward both personal fitness and community involvement will slow drain of rural population migration to urban areas.

One of the ways this youth engagement is accomplished in Delta County, Michigan is through family-oriented, community health and fitness events. See The Salvation Army Home Run as an example.

About this Blog

Home Run Events is a forum for solutions that create Sustainable, Healthy, "Inclusive", Neighborhood Environments (SHINE) in our communities - beginning with the homeless.

We aspire to relocalize rural economies through affordable net-zero energy housing, local organic agriculture and financially self-sufficient social services programs.

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