Housing Opportunities partners with Rainbow International for local food drive

2012-12-11T15:44:00Z 2012-12-11T15:56:09Z Housing Opportunities partners with Rainbow International for local food driveContributed by Caren Furdeck nwitimes.com
December 11, 2012 3:44 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | Housing Opportunities and Rainbow International of Northwest Indiana Restoration and Cleaning have partnered together for a local food drive. When booking a service between now and March 1, 2013 with Rainbow International of NWI, a customer may donate any item on the Housing Opportunities list to receive a $1 off their services up to $10 (10 items). This offer can also be used with any current specials or coupons. Rainbow International of NWIwill pick-up the donated items at the customer’s location at the time services are taking place and will then deliver them to Housing Opportunities food pantry.Rainbow International of NWI's contributions of canned goods, paper products, and cleaning supplies will help Housing Opportunities to assist children and families with everyday essentials. The clients can then focus their energy on improving their housing situation or work on personal goals, rather than worry about feeding their kids, says Amanda Maynard, Resource Development Director for Housing Opportunities.

1 in 4 children go to sleep hungry at night. 7.8% of Porter Country families live below the poverty level. The Housing Opportunities food pantry currently serves an average of 1,500 Porter County residents a month with food to nourish their families and other household items. 45% of individuals served through the pantry are children under 18. Food costs take a big bite out of the limited income of clients. Even those who are eligible for food stamps have a hard time getting the essentials not covered by food stamps, like laundry detergent, toilet paper, and feminine hygiene products.

The mission of Housing Opportunities, Inc. is to empower families and individuals byproviding housing solutions via access to housing options that are safe, decent, affordable, and customizing client support services that foster self-reliance.

Partnering with Housing Opportunities is Rainbow International of NWI. Rainbow International of NWI opened their doors in July of 2010.They offer 24 hour restoration services for residential and commercial property owners with water, fire, and smoke damage. Rainbow International of NWI’s cleaning services provide mold remediation, ozone deodorization, carpet and upholstery cleaning for the residents of South and East Lake County, and all of Porter, LaPorte, and Saint Joseph Counties. Tom Jurcik of Rainbow International of NWI commented, "Rainbow International of NWI is always looking at ways to give back to the communities we serve.”

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