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Help the Homeless

Queen Anne’s County Christian Assistance, Inc. (QACCA) has partnered with Hardees Restaurant to eradicate homeless in our community. A special Community Night at Hardees will be held the first Tuesday of every month from 5pm-8pm starting February 1, 2011 at the Kent Island Hardees Restaurant in Stevensville.

Why is this night so important? Because QACCA cannot continue to operate Our Haven Shelter and Our Haven Transitional Home without the community’s support! Your help is needed to raise sufficient funds to continue operating these programs and expanding services to the poor in Queen Anne’s County. “We need the community to come out and eat at Hardees the first Monday every month! Receiving 20 percent of all proceeds during this evening’s time frame will greatly help our operating budget!” explains Krista Pettit, QACCA Executive Director. “An amount of $13,000.00 is still needed to keep Queen Anne’s County’s only cold weather shelter moving forward this fiscal year. We know this program will help us in reaching that goal.”

Queen Anne’s County Christian Assistance opens its doors every winter to men, women, and children in need of emergency, winter shelter. This service is open seven days a week from 6pm – 6:30am throughout the months of December through April. “So far this year has been our busiest”, says Pettit. “We have seen 10 guests nightly with phone calls coming in for shelter requests daily. We expect to serve over 50 this shelter season.” Services have expanded with the opening of Our Haven Transitional Home – a program that provides long term housing with an extensive and intensive case management component.

“Hardees Restaurant has been a huge supporter of Our Haven Shelter by providing monetary contributions as well as man hours and donations to our 5K/10K event. They continue to express a sincere willingness to work alongside QACCA to assist their programs. This is clear as they open their doors to QACCA and offer 20 percent of all proceeds from Community night” said Krista Pettit.

“The commitment from Hardees Restaurant is long term.” Says Michael Cato, Vice President of Operations for OTAC . “We are willing to help see this program succeed by raising funds and showing our support.”

All restaurant guests during the February 1st Community Night will be served by QACCA’s Board Members. These are the individuals committed to seeing the Shelter and Our Haven Home succeed. They have a goal to raise $500.00 that night. Come out and help them beat this goal and in so doing beat homelessness! For more information on this program or QACCA, please call 410-739-4363.

Our Haven Transitional Home Dedicated

A place for those in need of safety has opened its doors with the dedication of Our Haven Home. Our Haven is a transitional house offering safe and affordable temporary shelter with an intensive case management program for up to two years.

“This is a momentous occasion,” said Krista Pettit, executive director of Queen Anne’s County Christian
Assistance, or QACCA, the group which spearheaded both Our Haven winter shelter at Kent Island United
Methodist Church and the transitional home. Members of the group, along with officials from the Maryland
Department of Housing and Community Development and local officials, recently cut the ribbon for the house
and guests were then given a tour.

Public and private partnerships are the key for projects like this, said County Commissioner Paul Gunther. “The
government is learning to work closely with private enterprises so we can develop this kind of project,” he
said. Gunther gave much of the credit to Pete Scanlon, Director of the Queen Anne’s County Department of
Housing and Community Services and Executive Director of the Queen Anne’s County Housing Authority. “My
hats off to Pete…and to everyone who was involved in this project,” said Gunther. Funds for the project came
from federal funds administered through a state Community Development Block Grant.

Countless volunteer hours also went into restoring the house, which has been occupied since September.
“These are people who come together for the greater good…who had a vision to provide those in need with
basic necessities,” said Allison Calhoun, vice-president of QACCA Board of Directors and a shelter volunteer.
Our Haven Shelter opens for its fifth year next month through April 2011. For more information about the
shelter and QACCA, visit the website at www.qacca.org.