FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Essex County LGBT RAIN Foundation
168 Park Avenue
East Orange, NJ – 07017
Essex County, N.J., April 21, 2014 – On April 26th, the Essex County LGBT RAIN (Reaching Adolescents In Need) Foundation will host its first appreciation dinner and fundraiser as the board members honor key supporters in the community that have helped the agency since it launched last July. It will be held at Chateau of Spain, 11 Franklin St., Newark, NJ 07102 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40 and includes the program, dinner, live DJ and silent auction.
Honorees include Amir Hashemi of CCI, Councilwoman Andrea McPhatter of East Orange, Brian McGovern of NJCRI, and Elaine Helms Essex County RAIN Foundation founder. The night includes a special recognition by Assemblyman Tim Eustace who is an openly gay member of the NJ Legislature and who will present a resolution to the founder.
“I commend Elaine for her efforts in establishing North Jersey’s first housing program dedicated to support LGBT adolescents in need of housing and stabilization services. We must continue to support housing initiatives for our at-risk populations, especially those with nowhere else to turn.” says Assemblyman Eustace.
In a report done by the CSH, it was found that Essex County has the highest percentage of homeless in NJ. The total homeless during this count was 11,818 but it is estimated that over the course of a year there is a total of 25,612 homeless in NJ. During the count 6.9 percent represent ages 18-20 while 6.5 percent represent ages 21-24. More information can be found at CSH.org.
“I founded this organization to help the LGBT community by providing safe, supportive housing. Everyone should have the right to a safe and secure place to live, not all families are accepting as mine and even they had to grow to accept my sexual orientation” says Elaine Helms. “Through purposeful collaborative programming via partnerships, we will work together to ensure that the LGBT youth receive services that leads to stability and self sufficiency.”
“Since August 2013, several fundraising campaigns have begun with the goal of raising money and awareness of the LGBT homeless housing cause.” says board chair Tamara A. Fleming. “Awareness is the key and can be done through cultural competency training to educators, healthcare providers, social workers, and employers as well as the general public.”
To purchase tickets, make donations, inquire about joining our board or even volunteer your time, you can contact the Essex County LGBT RAIN Foundation at 732-707-RAIN (7246) or online at EssexLGBThousing.org.
About Essex LGBT RAIN Foundation:
The Essex County LGBT (Reaching Adolescents In Need) RAIN Foundation provides emergency shelter services to address the emergent need of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals, 18-24 experiencing crisis leading to homelessness. Through integrated solutions we offer educational & financial responsibility resources as well as wrap around services in substance abuse, mental health counseling, and drug screening. We are dedicated to bringing opportunities to troubled individuals in the Greater Newark and surrounding communities.