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Formerly Homeless Teen To Share New Community’s Impact On Her Family At 20th Annual Golf Classic
West Orange, NJ (June 18, 2014)—Formerly homeless teen Shianne Dodson will share her story on becoming homeless and how the 16-year-old and her mother found refuge and support at Harmony House at New Community’s 20th Annual Golf Classic on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at the Montclair Golf Club in West Orange.
Proceeds will benefit more than 3,000 disadvantaged children served by New Community’s youth and education programs and Harmony House, a 102-unit transitional living facility in Newark for homeless families.
When Dodson and her mother, Laraine Sebro, became homeless, Dodson thought they would end up in a crowded homeless shelter with little privacy.
Instead, the mother and daughter from East Orange found a home at Harmony House, where staff assists homeless families with relocation services and case management.
“This place is sort of like an apartment complex,” said Dodson, a rising senior at East Orange STEM Academy High School who also recently had an opportunity to participate in a statewide conference for teen girls sponsored by New Community’s Family Service Bureau. “It’s really comfortable and helps to get people on their feet,” she added.
Golfers will tee off at 1 p.m. at the Montclair Golf Club, which is hosting the 20th Annual Golf Classic. Players will have an opportunity to meet with youth participants of New Community’s education programs, in addition to hearing testimonials from Harmony House residents. The evening reception, beginning around 5:30 p.m., will include a cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner, testimonials and remarks from leaders of New Community.