The Frey Foundation understands the power of home. Since 2006, a major focus of its grantmaking has been to help end homelessness. The foundation trustees understand that to have an impact on homelessness, funding needed to go beyond bricks and mortar – it needs to be extended to support those who have experienced homelessness address underlying issues that led to their homelessness.
In part because of the Frey Foundation’s commitment, CommonBond has been able to expand its work in providing supportive housing so that now 369 individuals and families – including 58 veterans who have experienced chronic or long-term homelessness – are experiencing stability in their CommonBond home. These residents have the added advantage of having onsite services that address mental and chemical health issues, education, and employment.
“A family can move from a shelter or precarious living situation into decent housing, and the same issues will follow them – mental health challenges, chemical dependency, domestic abuse, lack of a high school education, and no employment,” says Jim Frey, president of the Frey Foundation. “It’s extremely difficult for people to cope with chemical dependency and mental health issues, for example, when their lives are in chaos, constantly moving among temporary living arrangements. Once living situations are stabilized, people then need supportive services to help them overcome the underlying issues that led to housing instability.”
Last summer, CommonBond received a matching grant from the Frey Foundation aimed at attracting new donors, encouraging existing donors to give at an increased level, and inviting prior donors to be generous again. In December, the match was successfully met thanks to an outpouring of support from individuals who – like the Frey family members – want to be a part of ending homelessness in our community.
Thank you to the Frey family and all of our donors who believe in the power of home. With your support, we will continue to be able to help build stable homes, strong futures, and vibrant communities with and for those with the greatest need.