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D.C. Event Benefits New Hope

Hoops For The Homeless raises awareness and support.

Although the New Hope team made it through the first three rounds, they didn’t make it into the afternoon’s quarterfinals.

“Still, everyone enjoyed the chance to compete and share the fun with the large crowd in attendance,” said Larry Padberg, director of development, New Hope Housing, Inc.

The New Hope team was one of 56 teams that competed in April 16’s Freddie Mac’s Hoops For The Homeless.

This annual event is held to raise awareness and support for agencies supporting homeless persons in the community. The all-day 3-on-3 basketball tourney at the MCI Center in D.C. featured sports and media celebrities headed by basketball legend Magic Johnson.

New Hope Housing was one of seven agencies selected by Freddie Mac as a beneficiary; they will receive a portion of the $800,000 that was raised during the event.

The New Hope Housing team included both New Hope Housing staff as well as residents from Mondloch House Family Shelter. Former Washington Redskin Tyrone Drakeford served as the celebrity coach for the New Hope Housing team.

“Freddie Mac’s support for the Hoops program is a great event both to raise awareness and understanding of the reality of homelessness in the greater D.C. community and to provide financial support for programs that serve our neighbors in need,” said Pam Michell, New Hope Housing’s executive director. “We are very grateful for Freddie Mac’s support — and for the support provided by Magic Johnson and the many other sports greats who gave their time on Saturday. The funds New Hope Housing receives through this event will be a tremendous help as we look for ways to strengthen and expand our services to the men, women and children who find themselves homeless in our community.”

New Hope Housing is the oldest and largest provider of shelter beds in northern Virginia serving more than 1,000 different individuals each year. Founded in 1977 as Route One Corridor Housing, New Hope Housing now operates programs that house 200 persons each night, including: four shelter programs providing 119 beds year-round, including a 45-bed shelter for homeless families; transitional housing programs providing 12 to 24 months of supportive housing for 11 single adults and 19 families; the only long-term housing program or “safe haven” for the chronically mentally ill in Fairfax County; the only permanent supportive housing in the County for families in which the parent has a cognitive or mental disability; a comprehensive Education and Employment Resource Center, and a Children’s Services Program for children in shelters and transitional housing.

For more information on New Hope Housing, call 703-799-2293 or visit www. newhopehousing.org