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The draw might be Ohio State football tickets, a “Girls’ Night Out Party” at the Beauty Lab worth $1,000 or any of the other 75 items at the silent auction, but the cause is what is important to the families helped by Family Promise of Delaware and the staff and volunteers that work with them.

The silent auction is part of an Italian dinner fundraiser for the Delaware homeless shelter which will also include a 50/50 raffle. St. Mary’s Church, 82 E. William St., will host the fundraiser at 5 p.m. April 29.

Proceeds from the dinner will help support the shelter built with the concept of putting families back on their feet.

“We are dealing with the normal expenses that any home owner is, so we’re dealing with the gas bill the electric bill,” said executive director Beth Trigg. “And I think people forget about that. In years past, we’ve raised about $7,000, so we’d like to meet or exceed that.”

Trigg said the shelter has a 75-percent success rate. The initial program lasts 30 days, during which times families meet daily with a social worker at the house, look for employment and look for housing.

“Most of our folks transition out with a job and low-income apartment in 28 days,” Trigg said.

The shelter is based on an interfaith model that originally had a rotating list of 26 churches that sponsored families and hosted families. Last year, the shelter found a permanent home and now has support form 13 churches who help with meals and volunteer at the house overnight.

“We’ve made a lot of progress and helped a lot of families,” said board member Jerry Valentine. “The good part that we do for the homeless (families) is we don’t separate the men and the women. We keep them as a family unit.”

The shelter has space for six families at a time, including one unit that is handicap accessible; units are available to families from Delaware, Union, Marrow and Madison counties. (Franklin and Marion counties each have a homeless shelter serving their populations.)

The community responded with generosity when Valentine put out the call for items for the silent auction. The Beauty Lab, 37 N. Sandusky St., donated the largest value item – the spa treatment for four.

“We want to continue doing that and we can’t do that without the support of the community,” Valentine said. “The community has a big heart.”

For Trigg, it comes down to the families helped by Family Promise.

“It’s near and dear to my heart,” Trigg said. “I love sitting here listening to the moms interact with each other and give each other tips. They lift each other up and help each other out.”

Dinner is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at the door, but purchase of advanced tickets is encouraged. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Take-out food will be available. For more information, call 740-362-7817.

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