The 2019 recipients of a Winchester radio station’s annual fundraising campaign have been announced.
The Henry and William Evans Home for Children and the Winchester Rescue Mission are this year’s beneficiaries of the year-long Chain of Checks campaign. This year’s campaign theme is ending homelessness.
Funding from the campaign will partially be used to bring mental health professionals into the Winchester Rescue Mission, helping residents receive treatment for mental illness.
“What’s really great about having Winchester Rescue Mission as one of the beneficiaries of this year’s chain of checks is knowing that they are trying to combat mental health,” said WINC-FM morning show host Katie Gorham. “A lot of times, people don’t realize how mental health and even drug use are two of the main factors that lead people to homelessness.”
Meanwhile, the rest of the funding will go to the Evans Home, which cares for children whose parents are, for whatever reason, unable to provide care.
“With the Evans Home for Children, they co-parent with people who are in shelters or may be going through treatment for drug addiction,” said Barry Lee, WINC-FM morning show host and the founder of Chain of Checks. “While the parents are trying to get their lives in order, the Evans Home can take these kids in, give them the love they need, get them to school, get them to extracurricular activities, and then when the time’s right, reunite that family and help them get back on the ground again.”
The fundraiser, started by WINC-FM radio host Barry Lee in 1986, raises thousands of dollars every year for nonprofits in the Winchester community. Chain of checks has raised nearly $1.4 million since it began.