WHITE PLAINS, NY—Two volunteer, interfaith organizations have been working together for years to provide homes for some of Westchester’s neediest families. On July 18, they will formally merge, creating one stronger organization—offering more security for the families they help.
SHORE (Sheltering the Homeless is Our Responsibility) and I CARE (Interfaith Council for Affordable Residence) will celebrate their merger at a fund-raising dinner and auction at the Westchester Hills Golf Club on July 18.
SHORE, which began by starting a homeless shelter in White Plains, has built or renovated 15 units that provide affordable housing for 58 people in Central Westchester. I CARE—a 21-year-old volunteer group in Larchmont/Mamaroneck—has added 12 units that house 33 people. Both organizations run by volunteers. Donated funds, as well as furniture and other goods, help the families in each new unit.
“By uniting, SHORE and I CARE are expanding their area of support,” said Kenneth J. Creary, president of SHORE. The mergers will control expenses by consolidating operations, he said, and also expand the groups’ fund-raising base. “The merger will better insure a stable and secure future for each of the deserving, vulnerable families that live in homes supported by SHORE and I CARE,” he said.
The July 18 Midsummer Dinner and Auction will honor Dolores A. Battalia, a former Mamaroneck Town Supervisor who co-founded I CARE, and employees of IBM, who have been generous donors to SHORE through their employee donation program. For tickets to the dinner, please contact Barbara Freiert at 914-946-8671.