Area stores support “Check Out Homelessness” campaign in July

Shoppers at the local grocers, Hennings Market in Harleysville, and Landis Markets in Telford, Perkasie, Vernfield and Collegeville can help stop homelessness in the upper Montgomery and Bucks county area by donating to the “Check Out Homelessness” campaign through the month of July. By simply taking a coupon for a donation amount from the register display signs and presenting it to the cashier, grocery shoppers can contribute to Keystone Opportunity Center’s homeless shelter and affordable housing programs every time they check out. The campaign runs through the end and generates much needed resources to provide local families with affordable housing options, financial counseling and other services.

According to Keystone Opportunity executive director, Rich Aichele, “homelessness is often a quiet, unseen intruder in what otherwise appears to be a healthy, vibrant community. Unfortunately, in the last year we have seen the needs increasing and the government funds steadily decreasing or requiring matching funds for grants that previously had no match requirement. We need the community support to continue providing the services that help ‘at risk’ families and individuals get back on their feet.” Making a donation is as easy as checking out groceries and will provide help for neighbors in need.

In the upper Bucks and Montgomery county area, many families and individuals hide their desperate situations by staying doubled up with family members, sleeping at camp grounds, or hotel hopping.

Keystone Opportunity Center offers educational opportunities, counseling and financial guidance to help individuals stabilize their lives and move on to become independent community members.

To learn more about the services offered at Keystone Opportunity Center or to find out how to become involved as a regular donor or volunteer, check out the web site at www.keystoneopportunity.org. Offices are located at 104 Main Street, Souderton. For more information, call (215) 723-5430.

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