Bridge to Home hosted their annual “Soup for the Soul” fundraiser virtually last Saturday night which featured auctions, live performances and more hosted by Shawn Parr, host of “Shawn Parr’s Across the Country.”
The fundraiser and auction was livestreamed on YouTube, where Parr listed off the various items, packages and even a half-Goldendoodle, half-Labradoodle named Chowder.
“You know why we’re here,” Parr said near the fundraiser’s closing. “You know the community effort that it takes, you saw a chance to get in on helping build that shelter. That safety net, that thing that could take somebody out of homelessness and [into the] programs that help them do that.”
All proceeds went towards supporting the Bridge to Home shelter, as well as programs serving the Santa Clarita Valley’s homeless community.
“You’re now part of an unforgettable opportunity to make a true and lasting impact on the lives of those experiencing homelessness all while enjoying a night of entertainment, inspiration, laughs, delicious soups, and a live auction offering one-of-a-kind items and experiences,” said board president Tracy Carpentier.
During the pandemic, Bridge to Home worked to build a new shelter that houses 60 individuals and a family shelter with eight family units, which Carpentier said was the first in the valley. Additionally, the new shelter has a large functional kitchen with running water, places to meet in case-management and workshops, and a technology center with access to education, job training and housing resources.
Nicole Feast-Williams, Bridge to Home’s shelter manager, shared Timothy Jones’ story, a former resident who was able to reunite with his son after finding shelter.
“There are good and not-so-good days, but in all, being there to see a resident accomplish a goal is priceless. Being a part of an organization that has transformed from a winter shelter to a year-round shelter, building a shelter team, partnering with community partners, and getting through the COVID-19 pandemic is a major accomplishment that wouldn’t have been made possible without the support from the board, team members, and the community,” said Feast-Williams.
Community leaders such as Los Angeles County’s 5th District Supervisor Kathryn Barger and Santa Clarita Mayor Bill Miranda spoke on the importance of the work of Bridge to Home.
Among the auction items that fundraiser attendees could bid included the “Hockey Lover’s Package,” an inclusive Vegas vacation package, “Newhall Traditions Old and New,” which includes a tour of the Melody Ranch Studio and dinner at Reyes Winery, a package for six at Bungee America, a four-guest lunch with Supervisor Barger, a luxury getaway in the heart of Tuscany, a music-filled weekend in Nashville, a seven-night stay in Santa Fe during the Albuquerque Balloon Festival, a four-night stay at Five Diamond Grand Luxxe, a Wunderground Museum wine and dinner experience for 10 and Chowder, the “Double Doodle” puppy.
Soup for the Soul 2021 was sponsored by several organizations within the Santa Clarita community, such as title sponsor The Sikand Foundation, Crossroads Community Church and more. Several music artists and Broadway stars performed at the fundraiser, such as Grammy- and ACM-nominated double platinum country singer Cam, Broadway star Rachel Potter, ACM-nominated country trio Runaway June and Nashville singer Kenny Foster.
To find out more about how you can contribute to Bridge to Home and their services, visit https://btohome.org/
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