Bowl of chili

The annual Home of Hope chili sale helps raise money to help women reclaim their lives from addiction.

CASA GRANDE — The Teen Challenge Home of Hope plans to move forward with its annual chili festival fundraiser with several COVID-19-safe precautions in place.

The chili sale, in which red and white bowls of chili are sold, is set for Friday, Oct. 2. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Rather than at an off-site facility, the event this year will be held at the Home of Hope, 1955 N. Casa Grande Ave.

To allow for social distancing, attendance will be limited and those wishing to have a seat at the banquet-style event are asked to RSVP.

Facial masks must be worn by attendees while inside the facility except during times when they are eating, said Jamianne Roy, a spokeswoman for Home of Hope.

Seating arrangements will be made to allow social distancing.

“It will be similar to going to a restaurant to eat,” Roy said. “People will wear masks unless they’re eating and we’ll keep the tables at least six feet apart from each other.”

New this year is a drive-thru service in which people may pick up a few bowls of chili and take them to go.

“This is new for us,” Roy said. “We’re excited for the event this year.”

As well as a fundraiser, the annual chili event is a social opportunity and a time when Home of Hope shares updates about its program and its success stories.

A faith-based residential drug and alcohol recovery facility in Casa Grande, Home of Hope is a place where women often live with their children while they reclaim their lives from addiction. It’s one of the few shelters where recovering women may reside with their children while they seek treatment.

Run by Teen Challenge of Arizona, Home of Hope is a year-long program that operates under a “love them back to life” philosophy.

The program provides an atmosphere of healing and the tools and education necessary to help women overcome their addictions, restore appropriate family relationships, obtain and retain employment and become productive members of the community.

To RSVP, call Roy at 520-709-1683 or send an email to hohpr@tcaz.org.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.

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