Helping the homeless on

Giving people who are down on their luck a helping hand, well, that’s really what it’s all about. That’s what C.A.T.C.H.—Charitable Assistance to Community’s Homeless—is all about.

I first wrote about this wildly successful city-private-public partnership in 2009, when it won a national award. But more importantly, C.A.T.C.H. has now helped more than 110 homeless families and more than 200 homeless children find their way back home. Incredibly, once they cross that threshold, most have been able to stay there—the program boasts a success rate of 86 percent, says Greg Morris, director of the program.

Now, C.A.T.C.H. is catching on in Canyon County and you’ve got a chance to lend your own helping hand at the first annual Harvest for Homes. The dinner banquet will be catered by Bon Appetit, there’ll be dueling pianos, live and silent auctions and you can rub elbows with Mayor Garret Nancolas. Fun, feasting and fundraising for a fabulous cause.

6-9 p.m. Oct. 26 at the College of Idaho Simplot Dining Hall
Tickets: $60 each or sponsor a table for $420
All proceeds will benefit homeless families with children.
For tickets or info call: 208.455.0444

C.A.T.C.H. of Canyon County is sponsored by the City of Caldwell, the Department of Health and Welfare, the United Way of Treasure Valley, local congregations of faith and local businesses. The program helps families by first finding them housing and then helping them deal with issues that may have contributed to their homeless condition.


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