Bingo! Group raises cash for housing wants – Chico Enterprise-Report

Bidwell Park rang out with the sound of “Bingo!” On Sunday, Home & Heart supporters and employees gathered for some spirited bingo games and to provide information and raise funds for the organization.

According to the organization’s website, Home & Heart is an affordable housing solution that suits adults in Butte County who have a room to share with people in need of affordable housing. While they prioritize services for older adults, the program is open to all eligible adults who have a room to share (housing providers) or those looking for affordable housing (housing seekers).

  • Home & Heart’s program manager, Sierra Schmidt, calls for bingo moves in the Oak Grove Picnic Area in Bidwell Park on Sunday. (Jennie Blevins / Chico Enterprise Record)

  • Bingo attendees study their boards carefully at Home & Heart’s Sunday fundraiser in Bidwell Park. (Jennie Blevins / Chico Enterprise Record)

  • Caitlyn Patterson won the first Sunday bingo game and received a Beatniks gift card and a free meal at Madison Bear Garden. (Jennie Blevins / Chico Enterprise Record)

Homeshare participants will receive support throughout the duration of the game, including mediation or help with renegotiating the shared apartment agreement as needed.

The program was originally attended to bring seniors together with younger people, but since the campfire it has offered services to young and old who need or provide housing.

Shawn Ramsey attended the event as a first-time home owner in hopes of networking.

“It’s the best way to get to know more people,” she said. Ramsey has a few people interested in staying in her house, but nothing specific yet. Ramsey, who lives in Paradise, also volunteered for the program, picking up a woman who is struggling to get to Chico for shopping.

According to the website, three types of housing are available for the organization: rent only, service exchange and a mixed type of housing.

The first resembles a traditional roommate situation, in which the apartment hunter pays the apartment provider a reasonable monthly rent. The second is a cashless rental option that allows apartment hunters to provide services in lieu of bar rent.

The apartment hunter and the housing provider negotiate the number of hours and the type of services to be exchanged each month based on their specific needs and skills. The apartment hunter is still responsible for his or her share of the ancillary costs and personal expenses. The services may not include personal hygiene such as bathing, going to the toilet or medication management.

The third is a mixed arrangement with a combination of bar rental and service hours. This is the most common scheme and offers home providers the benefit of additional income and housekeeping, and home hunters pay a much lower monthly fee. Providers benefit from additional income and domestic help, and apartment hunters pay much less each month.

Mollie Murphy attended the event as a supporter.

“I fully believe in the program and show support where I can,” she said.

Home & Heart has played six successful apartment games so far in 2021 and hopes to hit 15 by the end of the year, according to Director Cathryn Carkhuff, who gave a brief speech to welcome bingo attendees.

Supporter Caitlyn Patterson won the first bingo game and received a gift card for Madison Bear Garden and a gift card from Beatnik’s Coffee House and Breakfast Joint.

Patterson (probably) smiled behind her mask as she received her award.

“I did an internship at Home & Heart,” she said. “I’m here to show my support.”

The treasurer of the board, Kyle Willman, enjoyed playing bingo and hoped the event would be successful.

“We let people know what we’re doing,” said Willman. “We are looking for more engagement in the community and want to involve people. People need domestic help with the housing shortage. It’s so important for people who are in a tight spot. “

There was also a mask competition and opportunities to mingle with other bingo participants.

For more information on Home & Heart, call 591-3742 or visit There you will find housing applications. The staff can also be reached by email at

BINGO! Households get pleasure from enjoying recreation to lift cash

Wind and colder than normal temperatures didn’t stop a few dozen people from dabbing bingo cards with markers at River Road Park on Saturday afternoon to raise money for two organizations.

Instead, they packed up coats and blankets, hoping the caller would pick the right balls for them.

Laura D’Arpino said she felt “pretty good” after winning the first game. She had turned up with a few friends from school and her parents to support The Warrior Project. She won a small $ 5 gift card. The day’s big prize was a basket of personal protective equipment that included a mask and hand sanitizer.

The event was launched by Niskayuna High School’s The Warrior Project in conjunction with the NCAP’s Drug-Free Community Grant in support of Nisky Nutrition On the Weekend and The Wounded Warriors Project.

“Because of COVID and everything we thought we had to do something,” said Jack Schiavo, senior and member of the Warrior Project.

Before COVID, the group would run an annual fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors Project, of which the group is a part.

Morgan Tibbitts, her wife Lindsey Tibbitts, and their son Lucas Tibbitts attended the event together.

“I was just so excited to find an event that was outdoor and interactive,” said Morgan Tibbitts.

She said she was competitive in terms of the game.

“I’m here to win … I mean, support the kids,” Morgan Tibbitts said jokingly.

Her wife and son were just happy not to be home for a change since COVID started.

At a table nearby sat Vicky Wagenbaugh with her husband Frank and their children Colin and Laura. Colin kept singing B, I, N, G, O; The group directed Frank to call out if either of them won.

They learned about the event through the Parents and Teachers Association of Glencliff Elementary School.

“We think this is a good opportunity as a family to do something that is safe during the pandemic,” said Vicky Wagenbaugh.

They also wanted to help Nisky NOW, which Wagenbaugh is always trying to donate to.

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