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Step Up To Stair Climb Challenge In Bridgeport To Help Homeless Vets

Come to the 2nd annual Homes for the Brave Step Up For The Brave Stadium Stair Climb Challenge. This fun and challenging event takes place Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
Come to the 2nd annual Homes for the Brave Step Up For The Brave Stadium Stair Climb Challenge. This fun and challenging event takes place Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Photo Credit: contributed
Come to the 2nd annual Homes for the Brave Step Up For The Brave Stadium Stair Climb Challenge. This fun and challenging event takes place Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
Come to the 2nd annual Homes for the Brave Step Up For The Brave Stadium Stair Climb Challenge. This fun and challenging event takes place Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Homes for the Brave is looking for volunteers willing to literally step up to the challenge of helping homeless veterans.

The 2nd annual Step Up For The Brave Stadium Stair Climb Challenge will take place Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard, located at 500 Main St. in Bridgeport.

Click here to register online for this a fun and challenging event.

“We expect a great turnout from the community. This event challenges both body and mind, and we’re looking for hundreds of participants to join in this unique opportunity to raise funds for homeless individuals – most of whom are veterans – to return to productive and meaningful lives,” said Vincent Santilli, CEO/executive director of ABRI/Homes for the Brave. “Whether you participate as the leader of a team, a climber, a virtual climber or as a sponsor, you’ll be helping to end homelessness.”

In this unique, vertical challenge, climbers will converge on a closed course of 1,000 stairs.

Participants of all fitness levels are encouraged to create an individual climb goal and will have two hours to complete it. Stair climb events have become a “bucket list” item for runners and fitness enthusiasts around the world, and this event is great training for upcoming fall races.

Registration opens at 8 a.m., and climbing begins at 9 a.m. The registration fee is $35, which includes a light breakfast and a T-shirt. Awards will be presented at 11:15 a.m., and the event takes place rain or shine.

Bring your friends and family to cheer you on. There will be fun activities and games for the whole family, including Giant Jenga and Connect Four, Ring Toss, Cornhole and more.

All ages are welcome, and children over age 10 may participate in the climb.

Sponsorships opportunities are available, and begin at $100. Companies and individuals can sponsor the event or a flight of stairs in honor or memory of a personal hero or loved one.

For more information, contact Katie Marinelli at kmarinelli@homesforthebrave.org or call 203-338-0669.

Homes for the Brave thanks its supporters, including: Tumble Jungle; Bansley Law; The Bridgeport Bluefish; Spadaccino Realty Team; KIND; The Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360; The Knights of Columbus Park City Council 16; Poland Spring; TranSigma; Trumbull Rotary; Vazzy's-The Original and The Workplace.

Applied Behavioral Rehabilitation Institute (ABRI), doing business as Homes for the Brave, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. It is dedicated to providing safe housing, vocational training, and life skills coaching to homeless individuals, most of whom are veterans.

Since opening in 2002, ABRI has served over 1000 homeless men and women through its three major programs: Homes for the Brave, Waldorf Permanent Supportive Housing, and Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes, Connecticut’s only transitional living facility for homeless female veterans and their children.

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