Darien’s Joshua House fund kicks off the Phantom Ball
This year the Joshua House Fund, Inc. organization once again has sent invitations to supporters in town asking them to enjoy an evening at home to raise money for its mission of helping the impoverished right here in the United States. The Phantom Ball kicked off last week to raise funds that will enable a new group of Darien students, along with a parent, to spend a week of their vacation this June in McCreary County, Kentucky, building a home for a family in need. The group is a local non-profit started here over 20 years ago that has quietly made a difference in one of the poorest regions in the United States.
Over 214 Darien volunteers have made the trip and built more than 25 homes in the area. It is hard work, but the volunteers find it very rewarding. “After the trip I realized the full extent of the impact Joshua House has on a place like McCreary County. These homes continue to provide hope for the future. We cannot give a safe home to everyone all at once, but by going down every year to try to make an impact, a little at a time, we help them in a meaningful way and let them know that the world outside their community cares about helping them make a better life ,” stated Alex de Castro, teen volunteer.
The primary source of funding for this program comes from The Phantom Ball. “It’s the generosity of those in town who have made this unique program, a stay-at-home fundraiser that ensures donations go directly to the building project, possible” commented Barb Luby, President of the Joshua House Fund. Instead of buying a fancy dress or hiring a sitter, Joshua House invites Darienites to spend a quiet evening at home and donate the money they would have spent on a night out to JHF.