Women’s GOP club raises $1,300

BALLSTON SPA — A gift card shower sponsored by the Women’s Republican Club of Fulton County along with the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Consortium and its member organizations raised more than $1,300 in gift cards for use by Guardian House, a shelter for homeless female veterans.

Participating organizations are the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association, Soroptimists International of Fulton County, American Association of University Women, the Women’s Republican Club of Fulton County, and the Women Democrats.

Each organization provided a dessert for the event. Additional gift cards were received from community members who learned about the shower from media sources. The shower was coordinated by Jo-Ann Clear, treasurer of the Women’s Republican Club and the delegates of each participating ECSWC organizations who disseminated the information to its members. “It was a terrific opportunity for women to come together and combine their talents and resources for a good cause,” Clear said.

According to Cheryl Hage-Perez, executive director of Guardian House, the house has five beds supported by the Veteran’s Administration and another four beds supported by the fundraising efforts of community organizations. The grassroots effort to establish a veteran’s home for women began in 2008 and was quickly adopted by many service groups and individuals as a project. As a result, over $500,000 was raised through donations and grants.

Guardian House is one of the housing programs offered by the Veterans and Community Housing Coalition. Additional programs include Vet House, a transitional housing program for 14 homeless male veterans; Cur A Hee Apartments, 12 units of permanent apartments for veterans, and veterans and their families; and the Center Street Apartments, a two-family house providing stability to homeless, disabled veterans and their families. Support services are provided for veterans and the families to assist them to obtain and maintain permanent housing. Services are provided within a seven-county area including Fulton and Montgomery counties.

“After serving our Country and protecting our homes and liberty, veterans return to civilian life with no job, limited job skills, loss of family, and identity and eventual homelessness,” said Hage-Perez.

Cash donations help VCHC maintain veterans in a safe and stable home while they are working on their goals. Donations of food, gift cards, furniture, household goods, blankets, sheets, pillow, personal care items, leaning supplies and clothing are always welcome. For more information about Guardian House and VCHC programs, visit the VCHC website at www.vchcny.org or call (518) 885-0091.