MIDDLETOWN, R.I. \u2014 On Wednesday, Oct. 16, Lucy\u2019s Hearth, Newport County\u2019s only shelter for homeless families, hosted its 8th Annual \u201cFall for Lucy\u2019s Hearth\u201d event in the USTA Wing at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.\n\n\n\nThe event raised nearly $85,000, which will directly support homeless children and their families to gain permanent housing.\n\n\n\nCo-chaired by Deborah Linnell, long-term advisor to Lucy\u2019s Hearth, and Todd Martin, CEO of International Tennis Hall of Fame, the event drew an audience of nearly 200 guests who sampled Russell Morin\u2019s culinary delights and listened to Pat Cottrell\u2019s musical performance.\n\n\n\nSharing his love of Lucy\u2019s Hearth, Martin stated, \u201cLucy's Hearth is a spectacular organization that consistently provides much needed services to our neighbors. The work they do has a tremendous positive impact on our community. I was introduced to the organization by several International Tennis Hall of Fame staff who volunteer their time for Lucy's. We are proud to continue that tradition of partnership, and to support the really important work that Lucy's Hearth does for Aquidneck Island."\n\n\n\nLinnell continued, \u201cThis community has always supported Lucy\u2019s Hearth so deeply. This island is one of the most amazing places I have ever worked.\u201d\n\nLucy\u2019s Hearth\u2019s Board Chair Mark Gorman kicked off the program and Board Member Dr. Susan Erstling presented the Susan M. Wilson Volunteer of the Year award to long term volunteer, Rachel Cocroft, who donated graphic design services to Lucy\u2019s Hearth.\n\n\n\nRep. Deborah Ruggiero saluted Lucy\u2019s Hearth\u2019s outgoing Director, Jennifer Barrera and said, \u201cYour passion and love has changed the lives of so many families. Best wishes and highest hopes for your continued success, Jenn.\u201d\n\nFamily Service of Rhode Island\u2019s CEO Margaret Holland McDuff highly praised Barrera\u2019s passion for the work. Barrera has been tapped for a statewide role to address the homeless crisis.\n\n\n\nLucy\u2019s Hearth is the only family shelter in Newport County, serving the community since 1984. We offer emergency shelter and permanent housing for homeless families - rapidly rehousing them to break the cycle of homelessness.\n\nLucy\u2019s Hearth provides housing services, counseling, job skills training, food assistance, education support and children\u2019s activities. While we receive some government funding, we rely primarily on private donations. Our mission is to provide comprehensive programs and services to homeless families in a safe, supportive environment that promotes family health and stability and increases self-sufficiency in order to achieve permanent, affordable housing.\n\n\n\nLucy\u2019s Hearth is now serving more homeless children and their families than ever before due to the severe shortage of affordable housing in Rhode Island. Lucy\u2019s Hearth served a historic high 159 family members, including 58 adults and 101 children.