Welcome and Summary
Hello everyone and thank you for your interest in this campaign and our team, If The Shoe Fitz!
The goal of the event is for each participant to take 40,000 steps, one step each for each of the 40,000 homeless veterans across the United States and to raise $64,000 USD for HFTB.
The registration fee is $40 USD per person and you can also choose to make a donation if you do not wish to participate.
Please feel free to join our team, register as an individual, or create your own team.
We look forward to your support for this great cause!
Homes for the Brave Background
Homes for the Brave (HFTB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to provide housing and services necessary to help homeless individuals return to a productive and meaningful life.
To date, HFTB has served over 1,400 men, women, and children, most of whom are veterans. Thanks to the generosity of our partners and supporters, we continue to provide housing, vocational training, life skills coaching, and more to individuals experiencing homelessness.
HFTB operates three housing programs in Bridgeport, CT (see details below).
Homes for the Brave (HFTB)
HFTB opened in 2002 and provides transitional living spaces for up to 42 homeless male veterans and non-veteran at a time with 37 spaces designated for veterans. The staff at HFTB are dedicated to helping every individual realize his goals for housing, employment, and independent living. The program focuses on individuals who demonstrate a motivation to live and work in the community.
Female Soldiers Forgotten Heroes (FSFH)
Connecticut’s first and only community-based transitional home exclusively for homeless female veterans and their young children. Housed at the Nicholas A. Madaras Home, which opened in 2011, FSFH provides ten beds for female veterans and four beds, when available, for their young children.
A permanent Supportive Housing Program which consists of three apartments, each with three bedrooms, providing permanent supportive housing with case management services to formerly homeless veterans and non-veterans. Each tenant has his or her own bedroom and shares a kitchen, bathroom, and common living space with two other people.
"If The Shoe Fitz" Purpose and Honoree
Our team is walking in support of HFTB and all veterans and non-veterans suffering from homelessness.
We are also walking to remember and honor the life of Brian Anthony Fitzgerald, who passed away 10 years ago on August 7th, 2010. If Brian were alive today, he would be a strong supporter of an organization like HFTB, and probably help them with their taxes. If you have a few minutes, please read his story here.