3rd Annual Passion Prom to benefit the Manchester, NH VA Medical Center VASH (Sustainable Housing) Program
The Passion Prom is in its 3rd year. Started in 2015, it was designed to be unlike the other evening fundraising events in the area where talking was the dominant activity and some times tickets are at a price point higher than some people can afford.
The Passion Prom is for everyone! We have hot and cold appetizers, raffles, silent auctions, a DJ, dancing and even a Prom King and Queen! And at $40 a ticket (or $75 for a pair) it is affordable and your attendance will make an impact for the cause we are supporting.
This year we will be raising money for the Manchester, NH VA Medical Center VASH (Veterans Affair Supported Housing) Program. Visit the About VASH Program page to learn more about the important work they are doing with and for the homeless and newly housed population in and around Manchester.
Our goal for this year is $12,500. You can help by purchasing tickets, donating silent auction/raffle items or becoming a sponsor. Please conatact Anita Wolcott at firstname.lastname@example.org 603-606-3221 for more information!Here is what the VASH Program is all about!
HUD/VASH is a nationwide program that assists homeless or at risk Veterans to obtain and maintain housing. The Manchester VAMC VASH program is going into its 7th year of operation. We have assisted over 450 Veterans throughout Southern and Central New Hampshire to obtain housing . It is designed to give our Veterans a leg up. The rental subsidy from the housing authority enables Veterans who have found themselves with insufficient income to establish a home so that they may build their lives. The VA provides case management to assist Veterans achieve their goals, be it to access education, vocation, increasing their income , budgeting and to access medical, mental health or substance abuse treatment. The program serves returning Vets, disabled vets, and Vets that have found themselves in difficult financial times due to needing to shift careers or lack of employment opportunities.
Depending on voucher availability, VASH typically accepts 3-4 Veterans per month. Many of these veteran have lost everything in their bout of homelessness and are starting from scratch in terms of household belongings. VASH strives to assist with the acquisition of furniture and other household items. A traditional part of housing the Veteran in HUD VASH has always been the gift of cleaning supplies to signify a fresh start.
Currently there are over 100 children in the program right now and around 250 households.