Bowling to help the homeless

Some people hit the bowling lanes today in hopes of striking out for a good cause.

People got the ball rolling to end homelessness in the area.

"Kind of just gives you this warm feeling inside," said Andy Smalley, Patton Alley Pub. "You know when it's cold outside you want something warm. So, If I can say man I've helped you without actually helping it just makes us happy."

It's the 23rd annual Knights of Columbus Bowl-A-Thon Knights Striking Out for The Kitchen. An annual benefit to raise funds for The Kitchen, a local organization which helps the homeless find housing.
"It's always so exciting," Roz Palmer, The Kitchen Inc. "I love when we get to see the community come out and support the Kitchen. It's so much fun and really get to see them in action."

Over the last 22 years the Knights of Columbus have raised more than a million dollars for the Kitchen. Their goal this year is $60,000.

"It's excellent, the need continues to grow," said Dean Arens, Grand Knight. "Of course they just moved in to a new campus where they're in process of filling in a new campus and evolving, but the need is big as ever and they need our support."

.The Kitchen helps around 600 people every year. It cost them $12,000 per person to do that. While they receive federal and state grants it doesn't cover all their expenses.

"We also have the case management, those stabilizing services," Palmer said. "And you can't get grants for that. So it's the community support, the donations that come in through events like this and just on a day-to-day basis that help pay for the case managers and those stabilizing services."

With a high turn out at Sunshine Lanes, Enterprise Park Lanes, and Century Lanes it proved helping a good cause was right up people's alley.