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Brevard Rescue Mission, which provides transitional housing and support services for homeless women with children, held their 8th Annual Women Who Care Share benefit luncheon on April 21st and raised $213,300.

“We are thrilled with this outpouring of support,” said John Autry, executive director of Brevard Rescue Mission. “The community collaborated through sponsorships, generous supporters, hard-working volunteers, and Sutton Properties, who provided a $25,000 match to encourage donations. We are thankful for our major event sponsors: Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi of Melbourne and Matthew Development.”

Autry added, “ The funds generated at this annual event are vital in allowing us to serve our local homeless moms and children. They not only get a safe place to call home, but are offered the resources needed to get an education and important life skills to become self-sufficient, contributing members of society.”

The 2016 estimate of the number of school-aged children that are homeless in Brevard County is 1,973. at is 10 times the number from just five years ago. Brevard Rescue Mission is on a mission to change that. With less than what you would spend on stamps or movie rentals every month, you can help put a roof over someone’s head and ensure a mother and her children get a shake at a happy and fulfilling future.

Take pride in what you do with your paycheck, regardless of how high you are on the giving ladder. And see how you can make a huge difference with funds comparable to even the smallest household monthly purchases.

The event theme, “ The Ripple Effect,” centered on the premise that our actions are like stones dropped into water, creating ripples that travel outward. Each of us carries within us the capacity to “cast a stone,” creating ripples that can change the world. The donations made to Brevard Rescue Mission will transform the lives of entire families, so that future generations won’t also live in hopelessness.

Brevard Rescue Mission is privately funded by donations from individuals, community foundations, churches and area businesses.