Harford Family House 8th Annual Hope in Handbags

Annual fashionable fundraiser to be held September 9th and 10th, 2016.

Harford Family House was established in 1989 by the nine Episcopal Churches in Harford County to shelter homeless families with children. Starting with a single housing unit, we have grown to 24 housing units and continue to expand.

The event is graciously sponsored by Saxon’s Diamond Centers

Exclusive Preview EventHarford House Fundraiser September 9, 2016
Friday, September 9th 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

$10 Donation requested entitles you to have 1st choice of designer handbags, door prizes, and special book signing and talk by Honorary Chair, Deborah Owens, plus complimentary food and drink.

Actual Sale Event information

Saturday, September 10th
10:00 am – 3:00 pm Bel Air Reckord Armory on Main Street

Featuring: Designer Handbags Filled with Valuables
Cash & Carry: Designer, New, Gently-Used & Vintage Handbags

Featuring Honorary Chair
Deborah Owens
The Wealth Coach™
Financial Expert • Critically Acclaimed Author • CEO of Owens Media Group

Debra OwensDeborah Owens is a former Vice President with Fidelity Investments, a consultant to the Insurance Industry, a media personality and a sought after public speaker. She is the author of three books; most recently, the critically acclaimed, A Purse of Your Own: An Easy Guide to Financial Security. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Loyola University of Maryland.

To learn more visit deborahowens.com or follow her on Twitter:@deborahowens and Facebook:deborahowenspage

In addition to shelter for families, Harford House provides:

Education in life skills, job readiness and personal growth
Individualized case management to help each family overcome the root cause of their homelessness
Referrals to partner agencies
Personal connection to the community through local churches and volunteers

Although they serve all types of families, the majority of the families in past years have been single mothers with children. Today, a new trend, driven by the economy and the foreclosure crisis, is bringing more intact and larger families to HFH. Currently, in all of their programs, they have 20 families, with 43 children, living in apartments and rental homes located throughout the community. HFH is the only shelter in Harford County that can serve an intact family consisting of a father, mother and children.

Cost effectiveness of the program is also significant. HFH costs run $24.71 per night, per person including all services provided. In New York City, the cost is $31 per night per person. A day in jail is $165, a psychiatric hospital $467 and a community hospital $1,185. In Harford County, Social Services houses families in hotels during freezing weather at a cost of $45 a night not including the cost of services.

Last year, 82% of the families exiting the program went on to safe, stable, permanent housing. Our year end stats are in, and we are very excited to report that we served 54 families last year. 173 individuals and 110 children. Overall 33 families exited our program, with a success rate of 82%! We are so PROUD! “says Executive Director Robin Tomechko

To learn more about Harford House, please visit their website at:http://harfordfamilyhouse.org/

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