The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) awarded $2,000 from the Help Your Neighbor Fund to Help and Outreach Point of Entry (H.O.P.E.) for the Community Emergency Shelter Project (CESP). The funds will assist in providing food and supplies necessary to sustain a safe and warm place for the church shelter guests.
The CESP is a cold weather shelter program for homeless men living on the Lower Eastern Shore. Area partnering churches open their doors to those in need of shelter for one to two weeks from the first weekend in January to the last weekend in March every year. In 2014, 13 churches participated for 85 nights and assisted almost 3100 men.
Pictured (l to r) are: Brenda Jorden, Coordinator, CESP; Donna Clark, Coordinator, CESP and Erica Joseph, President, Community Foundation.
The Help Your Neighbor Fund was initiated by the Community Foundation in response to an increasing need for assistance required by local families and individuals who have been impacted by the economy and overwhelmed traditional assistance programs.
Since its inception in 2008, the Help Your Neighbor Fund has provided over $140,000.00 in emergency assistance to thousands of Lower Eastern Shore families and individuals to meet basic needs.
More than 80 grants have been awarded to local nonprofit organizations with a proven capacity to assure financial assistance gets to the families most in need in the area.
To support the Help Your Neighbor Fund, please visit www.cfes.org or call 410-742-9911.