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William Bishop of Homeless Not Hopeless to be honored at 10th Annual Heroes Breakfast

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Hyannis, Mass, February 20, 2012 – The American Red Cross Cape Cod and Islands Chapter and Cape and Islands United Way will be honoring William Bishop of Homeless Not Hopeless in Hyannis during the 10th Annual Heroes Breakfast. The event will be held at the Resort & Conference Center in Hyannis on March 30, 2012, from 7:00-9:00 am.

Mr. Bishop is the President of Homeless Not Hopeless Inc., a nonprofit organization created by and for the homeless on Cape Cod. Over the past four years, he has expanded a five-bed residential program to a 26-bed program which is both a transitional and a long-term housing facility. In doing so, Bishop has helped over 100 men and women who were previously homeless. Currently, Homeless Not Hopeless Inc. has three houses in operation and is in the process of buying another five-to-seven bed house for women.

In addition to providing the much needed affordable housing for the homeless, Mr. Bishop provides support and resources to the homeless living in the woods. He does this by visiting them, bringing them blankets, clothes and personal items as a way of demonstrating that he understands their situation, and that he cares and is willing to help them. Through these extraordinary steps, he has brought a number of them into Homeless Not Hopeless residences.

For the past three years, including this year’s National Homeless Persons Memorial Day, Bishop hosted his annual press conference and sleep-out event to bring greater community awareness to the homeless crisis on Cape Cod. He has worked long and hard for the past four years to manage these three houses, and has done so with no financial compensation. His reason for doing this is out of gratitude for the many health and human service professionals who worked with him during his 10 years as a homeless person on the streets of Cape Cod. From an individual whom many thought would die, Bishop has come forward to make a remarkable contribution to Cape Cod’s effort to end homelessness. He has created, led and expanded a very impressive organization.

The public is invited to join the American Red Cross, Cape and Islands Chapter and the Cape & Islands United Way on March 30th to honor Billy Bishop and other heroes from Cape Cod at the 10th Annual Heroes Breakfast. Tickets for the Breakfast are available via redcross.org/ma/hyannis, uwcapecod.org or by calling (508) 775-1540 ext. 21.

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