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Treasure Valley nonprofit Jesse Tree to hold fundraiser to prevent evictions, homelessness

By: - December 8, 2021 3:52 am

Apartments for rent (Peter Dazeley/Getty Images).

Jesse Tree, a local nonprofit dedicated to preventing eviction and homelessness in the Treasure Valley, will hold an event Thursday that will serve as the beginning of the Avenues for Hope December fundraising campaign, according to a press release.

The Avenues for Hope fundraising campaign, which is a statewide campaign hosted by the Home Partnership Foundation, supports Idaho’s housing nonprofits, and will end Dec. 31. Jesse Tree is one of 92 nonprofits participating in the campaign across the state.

Jesse Tree will host a Housed for the Holidays event, which will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday via livestream. Tickets are $10 and include an option for pre-mixed cocktails from Water Bear Bar.

Jesse Tree prevented more than 700 evictions in the Treasure Valley in 2021, according to the release, and some of the accomplishments and challenges the organization has faced over the course of the year will be highlighted during the event.

“We are so grateful (for) the support members of the community have provided to Jesse Tree over the last couple of years,” Executive Director Ali Rabe said in the release. “Thanks to help from the community, so far we’ve been able to provide rental assistance and case management to 780 Treasure Valley families this year. We are on track to more than double the number of families we were able to support in 2020. Thank you.”

According to the release, Jesse Tree distributed $388,000 in rental assistance this year through the help of private donations and said more than 91% of the organization’s expenses are used directly for programs.

Tickets can be purchased on EventBrite.

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Kelcie Moseley-Morris
Kelcie Moseley-Morris

Kelcie Moseley-Morris is an award-winning journalist who has covered many topics across Idaho since 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in public administration from Boise State University. Moseley-Morris started her journalism career at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, followed by the Lewiston Tribune and the Idaho Press.