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HomeStretch tournament supports homeless families
by Angela Spencer
August 15, 2012 08:51 AM | 1176 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Later this month golfers will have the chance to gather their clubs and head out to the only Tom Watson Championship golf course in Georgia to support homeless families working toward stability.

The 11th annual HomeStretch Golf Tournament will take place Aug. 27 at The Manor Golf and Country Club in Alpharetta. The tournament supports HomeStretch, a local organization helping homeless families gain independence.

“For over 20 years we’ve provided affordable transitional housing for working families with children,” said HomeStretch Grant and Events Manager Monica Oliveira. “It’s a comprehensive program. We’re really trying to give them a hand up instead of a hand out.”

HomeStretch helps up to 24 families at a time who are working on becoming self-sufficient. The families come from north Fulton communities and must have minor children, work full time and be drug and alcohol free. In addition to temporary housing, the organization provides a program to teach life skills to help prevent homelessness in the future.

The golf tournament is one of three major fundraisers HomeStretch has throughout the year, the others being the Annual Peachtree Tea in February and the Run the River 5K/10K in April.

“All the money we raise goes directly to our programs and families,” said Oliveira. “That’s why it’s so important for the community to come out and participate in these events.”

This is the second year for the golf tournament to be at The Manor, Oliveira said, and last year’s tournament was hugely successful. Part of that success may have been the fact that the course is the only Tom Watson Championship golf course in the state.

“That’s a really nice draw for especially the serious golfers,” she said.

Oliveira said registration is still open but is filling up fast. The tournament is $195 for individuals or $700 for foursomes, and sponsorships are still available for businesses, civic groups, religious organizations or other groups who want to be involved.

At this point the tournament has enough volunteers, but for those who want to be a part of the tournament but are not golfers Oliveira said they are still looking for donations toward the raffle which will take place that day.

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