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Eating Breakfast at Dinner in Fairfield Helps Combat Homelessness

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Eating Breakfast in Fairfield Helps Combat Homelessness

Off the Streets BFT teams up with Chip’s of Fairfield to raise funds for the homeless!

Fairfield, CT – October 8, 2014 They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.  Well the good people of Fairfield and the greater Bridgeport area will have an opportunity to open their hearts in a big way to help the homeless at the upcoming “Breakfast at Dinner” fundraiser taking place on Monday, November 10 at Chip’s Family Restaurant of Fairfield located at 525 Tunxis Hill Cut-off.  This event offers three seating options, from 5-6 p.m., 6-7 p.m., and 7-8 p.m.  Tickets for this event are available for $10 per person which includes two delicious pancakes, two eggs, a choice of sausage or bacon, tea or coffee, and water.  Since seating for this event is limited, advance purchase of tickets is strongly advised.  If you are interested in purchasing tickets to the event please call 203-374-2158 or visit offthestreetsnow.com/bft/events/.

“The people of Fairfield and the greater Bridgeport area have a wonderful capacity to come together for good causes,” explains Adam Bajko, manager of Chip’s Family Restaurant of Fairfield.  “We at Chip’s are pleased to be working with Off the Streets BFT to help end homelessness — one person at a time.  Since we have locations in both Fairfield and Trumbull, it seems like a perfect opportunity for us to give back to the greater Bridgeport area.”

Several members of Off the Streets BFT & the Manager of Chips Family Restaurant of Fairfield meet to finalize plans for “Breakfast at Dinner.”   From left to right:  Fran Lichtenberg, Josephine Olsen, Adam Bajko (manager of Chip's Family Restaurant of Fairfield), Ellen Moore & Deacon Kevin Moore.

Several members of Off the Streets BFT & the Manager of Chips Family Restaurant of Fairfield meet to finalize plans for “Breakfast at Dinner.”
From left to right: Fran Lichtenberg, Josephine Olsen, Adam Bajko (manager of Chip’s Family Restaurant of Fairfield), Ellen Moore & Deacon Kevin Moore.

This is indeed a wonderful way for a local, family-oriented business such as Chip’s to help combat the problem of homelessness in the area.  Chip’s joined forces with Off the Streets BFT (Bridgeport, Fairfield, and Trumbull), a non-profit charity whose main mission is bridging the gap between local social service agencies and their homeless client’s ability to pay security deposits for housing.  Off the Streets BFT also fulfills their clients’ need for basic furnishings and household goods.  As a result, all proceeds gained from the “Breakfast at Dinner” event will directly fund Off the Streets BFT’s mission.

“Off the Streets is a ministry which helps the homeless get a roof over their heads and provides them with some basic living needs for their new apartment,” explains Deacon Kevin Moore, administrator of the Bridgeport/Fairfield/Trumbull chapter of Off the Streets.  “The people we help have the ability to pay their rent but need assistance in the form of a security deposit as well as basic household items such as a table and chairs, a bed, clean linens, dishes etc.  We are extremely grateful to Chip’s of Fairfield for donating their facility and food in support of our cause.”

Since its founding in 2009, Off the Streets (OTS) has assisted over 300 people.  Because OTS is a 100 percent volunteer based charitable organization without a physical office, there is virtually no overhead — approximately $20 per month per chapter covers insurance, P.O. Box, and the OTS website.  All other funds directly support OTS’s mission.  Additionally, due to their relationships with landlords, property managers, and social services OTS can act very quickly — often transitioning a homeless client into a furnished room or apartment in as little as two to fourteen days.  OTS operates in Danbury, CT; Lancaster, PA; and in Bridgeport, Fairfield, and Trumbull, CT.  Additional locations are under development in California.  For more information about OTS and for ways you might help its mission, visit www.offthestreetsnow.com.

 

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