BRISTOL – The third annual Hope for the Homeless Fundraiser returns this Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the St. Gregory CCD Center at 1043 Stafford Ave.
“It’s kind of like a fall festival,” said St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Bristol Board of Directors member Sue Tyler. “We have some vendors selling crafts and tea and chocolate and things like that. We’ll also have four food trucks.”
The event is open to the public and tickets to the event are a suggested $5 donation to the mission.
“We want people to come down and do their holiday shopping,” said Tyler. “We have a raffle and it’s a nice, fun event.”
The money raised will go to fund the St. Vincent DePaul Mission’s mission of sheltering the homeless.
“It’s not earmarked for anything in particular,” said Tyler. She said she felt the money would likely go to current projects the mission was using to improve its facilities.
She said she and the board helped put the event together in 2019. At the time, the mission didn’t have enough money needed to help fund its “overflow shelter.”
“Myself and the other board members, we put together the first annual Hope for the Homeless,” said Tyler. “It was more like a wine tasting.”
Tyler said that they raised enough money to fully fund the overflow shelter this year.
“We had to change it (the event) because of covid and have made it more of a family fun thing and we socially distanced and had it outside and turned it into a fall festival,” said Tyler.
Tyler said the board preferred that format as it allowed for more families to take part.
She noted that when the pandemic hit, it had slowed some major changes coming to the mission but that fundraisers and a new executive director were helping get momentum back underway.
“(Executive Director Christine Thebarge), the new staff and new accommodations and renewed efforts on the board’s part, it’s all about dignity,” said Tyler about the mission’s efforts. “We’ve made a lot of progress and have community partnerships.”
“Unfortunately, in this world today there is a need,” continued Tyler. “Our hope is that we can get to the point someday where there is not a need for St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Bristol.”