Fundraiser Underway For Becky’s Place And Men’s Warming Center

(BEDFORD) – A fundraiser is now underway for Becky’s Place and the Men’s Warming Center in Bedford.

The fundraiser, organized by Linda Kopp Fitzpatrick, is helping carry on the legacy of Father Rick Eldred. Both facilities were one of Father Eldred’s largest community outreach programs.

Linda Kopp Fitzpatrick holds a calendar that can be purchased for $20 by calling Becky’s Place.
Audio: Linda Fitzpatrick comments on the fundraiser

The stroll at Fitzpatrick’s home earlier this year raised $8,000 and was split between both Becky’s Place and the Men’s Warming Center.

This fundraiser will be handled the same way with the donations split between the two.

Many picked up their calendars at West End Flower Shop on Friday

The community support has been strong for both of the shelters. The Men’s Warming Shelter just opened up, as temperatures began to fall. The shelter will be busier and preparations are underway for this winter season. The training of volunteers was just completed and those wishing to help can reach out to the each organization.

Audio: Corina Hayes comments on other fundraisers for Becky’s Place

COVID-19 has affected the ability to have fundraisers this year, but Becky’s Place has two fundraisers going on now. The annual 5K will be held virtually this year. You can go to the Becky’s Place Facebook page to register.

Left to right: Charles Edwards, Kelly Grace, Linda Fitzpatrick, Linda Smith, Corina Hayes, Father Jegan Peter, and Rev. Robert Pendergrass.

The Men’s Warming Center is actively searching for a new building this year. The hope is to have the shelter open all year long.

“The purpose of the Men’s Warming Shelter is to give the men who use the facility a hand up and provide resources for them to be self-sufficient getting them employment, and a permanent place to stay,” said Robert Pendergrass.

Audio: Rev. Robert Pendergrass on needs for the Men’s Warming Shelter

The Men’s Warming Shelter usually takes about $100,000 a year to operate and with a purchase of a facility, those costs will increase with utilities and maintenance expenses.

Audio: How to purchase a calendar

To be able to help with these organizations you can order your calendar by calling Becky’s Place. The cost is $20 and if you would like it mailed to you the cost will be an additional $5.

“The fundraiser is a wonderful way of honoring Father Rick, and raise funds for two organizations he really loved,” said Corina Hayes Director Becky’s Place.