On Saturday, Sept. 23 Homes For The Brave hosted its third annual Step Up For The Brave Stadium Stair Climb Challenge at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Nearly 200 veterans, fitness enthusiasts and supporters laced up their sneakers and climbed stadium stairs to raise almost $37,000 to date for the nonprofit organization. Fundraising continues through the end of the month, with the top fundraising student and nonstudent individuals winning a trip to Las Vegas, and top fundraising student and nonstudent teams winning a Deadlocked Escape Rooms adventure. To make a donation to the organization\u2019s largest fundraiser of the year, visit crowdrise.com\/donate\/event\/StepUpForTheBrave2017 \u201cThis event took a big step forward. We\u2019re delighted with the turnout, the effort, the spirit and the support of the nearly 200 participants,\u201d said Vince Santilli, CEO and executive director of Homes for the Brave. \u201cWe look forward to carrying on this tradition which enables us to serve our clients who are primarily Veterans.\u201d The morning began with the National Anthem sung by \u2018Sarge,\u2019 a U.S. Army veteran and HFTB alumnus who is now living independently. Chaz from 99.1 WPLR\u2019s Chaz and AJ morning show was the event\u2019s emcee. \u201cOne trip to Homes for the Brave made me a supporter,\u201d said Chaz. \u201cWhat they do for Veterans is spectacular. It\u2019s an honor to be a part of this event and see the community come together to help Veterans in need.\u201d Current Homes for the Brave residents attended the event, testifying to the organization\u2019s impact. \u201cWhen I got home I went down the wrong path,\u201d said one resident who served in a submarine fleet in Washington state. \u201cHFTB is great, they got me training, take me on job interviews, they helped me get my health in order and they\u2019re helping me secure housing. They gave me the tools to come back.\u201d Collective Soul Frontman and Lead Vocalist Ed Roland was present to sign autographs and take photos with fans. \u201cIt\u2019s all about giving back to the military, that\u2019s the ultimate goal. Giving back to them for giving us our freedom,\u201d said Roland. Lt. Colonel Sean Connolly, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans' Affairs, participated as a climber. \u201cHomes for the Brave is a huge partner. They\u2019re all about service and excellence and providing services for the men and women who served,\u201d he said. To learn more or donate to Homes for the Brave, which is located at 655 Park Avenue in Bridgeport, visit HomesForTheBrave.org or call 203-338-0669. Homes for the Brave is grateful to its sponsors and supporters, including: Tumble Jungle, Bridgeport Bluefish, AT&T Connecticut, Bansley Law, Deadlocked Escape Rooms, Knights of Columbus Park City Council 16 and General Philip Sheridan Assembly 107, Newtown Savings Bank, PSEG Power Connecticut, Spadaccino Realty Team, Trumbull Rotary Club, Turner Construction, The WorkPlace, Vazzy's-The Original, Collective Soul and WPLR. About ABRI\/Homes for the Brave Applied Behavioral Rehabilitation Institute (ABRI), doing business as Homes for the Brave, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing safe housing, vocational training, and life skills coaching to homeless individuals, most of whom are Veterans. Since opening in 2002, ABRI has served more than 1,100 homeless men and women through its three major programs: Homes for the Brave, Waldorf Permanent Supportive Housing, and Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes, Connecticut\u2019s only transitional living facility for homeless female Veterans and their children.