Champions Unite Against Childhood Homelessness

Kids who are homeless are sick four times more often than kids who are housed. The stress they endure can alter brain chemistry and wreak havoc on their coping skills. They are twice as likely to need to repeat a grade.

This is not your typical cocktail event chatter.

Yet, this week, dozens of United Way supporters gathered to talk about the very important issue of how homelessness affects a child’s rapidly developing brain – and what it means for them long-term.

Cocktails & Community Conversations is a series of intimate events for United Way Champions and those interested in upping their involvement in our community. This group met at the Fremont Foundry and heard from United Way board member Dr. Ben Danielson of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic about the devastating consequences of childhood homelessness.

  • United Way Board members Dr. Ben Danielson and Angela Stowell
  • Angela Stowell, Mike Hughes, Allison Riese, Jennifer Richards
  • Marne Zahner, Katie Reif at Cocktails and Community Conversations
  • Chefs from Ethan Stowell Restaurants served up a crowd-pleasing spread
  • Dan Burns, Charlie Martin and Kabir Shahani after the program
  • Ethan Stowell shares why he's passionate about United Way
  • Gina Cumbo
  • Gina Yarwood and Angela Stowell
  • Guests raised more than $22,000 for the issue.
  • Julie Secrist at Cocktails and Community Conversations
  • Lauren McGowan, Director of Financial Stability updates crowd on new program
  • Noreen Shahani with United Way Campaign Chair Kimberly Harris and Kyle Branum
  • Serving up cocktails
  • Board Chair Karen Marcotte Solimano
  • Enjoying the weather and the company at Cocktails and Community Conversations
  • Incoming Board Member Noreen Ramji Shahani
  • Cocktails and Community Conversations at the Foundry
  • Erin Miller at Cocktails and Community Conversations


They enjoyed tasty food from Ethan Stowell Restaurants, had a robust dialogue on the issue and gave generously to support kids who don’t have a place to call home.

‘My kids are definitely traumatized from the 8 months we spent living in our car and in shelters’.  

~ Charlotte, formerly homeless and current Housing Coordinator at Mary’s Place

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