On Thursday June 3rd, 2010, the Hamilton Family Center hosted an invitation-only inspirational cocktail reception at the home of Bernard and Jane von Bothmer to celebrate 25 years of serving homeless families in the San Francisco Bay Area and honor the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, with Hamilton Family Center's Poverty Prevention Award.
In her acceptance remarks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke of how the $1.8M in HUD/ HPRP stimulus funding received last year has already directly impacted Hamilton Family Center and made it possible for 76 families to be moved into permanent housing and for 100 families to avoid eviction since October 2009!
Over the next 2.5 years, the funding will place or keep over 300 families in permanent housing.
The mission of Hamilton Family Center is to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Through a Housing-First approach, it provides a continuum of housing solutions and comprehensive services that promote self-sufficiency for families and individuals, and foster the potential of children and youth.
Hamilton Family Center's new branding (unveiled at the event), was created, pro bono, by the Academy of Art University. Special Guest Speaker Dr. Elisa Stephens - President of the Academy of Art-addressed the role of art in helping homeless children, and awarded four scholarships to Hamilton students.
The event, generously sponsored by the Hamilton Family Center Board of Directors and Hamilton Family Center's 25th Anniversary Steering Committee, was co-chaired by Ann Bartron Morris, Molly Garhart, Amy Harrington, Marie Hurabiell Trader, and Jane von Bothmer.