Oct 272015


The first community Sleep Out to End Homelessness is right around the corner, but there still is time to register. The Sleep Out will be held at the Rock County Fairgrounds beginning Friday, November 6th at 6 PM and wrapping up Saturday, November 7th at 7 AM. Registration is $15 and can be done online at www.rock-hitf.org or by calling Jessica at (608) 754-5333. You can also find out more on Facebook.

Registration includes dinner and breakfast. 100% of proceeds will benefit programs at ECHO, Edgerton Community Outreach, G.I.F.T.S., House of Mercy and Project 16:49. The five organizations are members of the Rock County Homeless Intervention Task Force.

The event is being held during National Homelessness Awareness Month, and is designed to raise both awareness of homelessness in Rock County and funds to support local services that assist homeless individuals and families as they work toward increased self-sufficiency. Though choosing to spend a single night outside cannot begin to replicate what it is really like to be homeless, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss homelessness in our community.

“We hope that people of all ages and backgrounds will choose to Sleep Out in honor and support of the hundreds of people of all ages and backgrounds in our community who face the challenges of homelessness,” says Tammy DeGarmo, executive director of Project 16:49, a local non-profit serving unaccompanied homeless youth.

Monetary donations to help end homelessness can be sent to:  Sleep Out – HITF, Attention:  Jessica, 65 South High Street, Janesville, WI  53548.

2015 Sleep Out sponsors are:  AnchorBank, Angi Energy Systems, Blackhawk Community Credit Union, Jax Custom Graphics, Mercy Health System, and St. John Vianney Church.

Aug 312015

In addition to the upcoming sand volleyball tournament at the Rock on September 12, local friends have set up two more fundraisers to help out Project 16:49.

Sunday, September 6: The Second Annual Helping the Homeless of Janesville fundraiser

From 12 to 7 PM at 604 N. Adams, Janesville, WI

Last year, Tom Hathaway (a Janesville mail carrier) converted his Labor Day weekend block party into an open-to-the-community event (still held in his back yard!) to benefit homeless-serving agencies, including Project 16:49. We received a financial donation from the proceeds of the event, plus he publicizes agency wish lists for people to bring items or drop them off in advance. Director Tammy DeGarmo’s Accord was jam-packed with school, hygiene, and cleaning supplies.

This year’s event will benefit RVCP Homeless Veterans as well as ECHO, Project 16:49, GIFTS Men’s Shelter, HealthNet of Rock County and House of Mercy. The event features guest speakers, music, a silent auction, and food vendors, with beer and wine available.

Friday, October 2: Trivia Night Benefit for Project 16:49

Doors open at 5:15 PM at the Bethel Baptist Church, Janesville, WI

Teams of up to 10 people can enter this trivia competition, and all attendees can join the silent auction as well. This should be a lot of fun, and it all goes to a great cause too!

Mar 132015

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Please join us for a free indoor carnival that is fun for your kiddos and supports our community’s unaccompanied homeless youth.

Janesville’s annual Community Family Fun Fair is scheduled for Thursday, April 9, from 3–7 PM. Just like last year, it’s being held at the Pontiac Convention Center, at 2809 Pontiac Drive, Janesville, WI. There will be information about health and safety and education, as well as games, food, and prizes.

The Community Family Fun Fair is open to the public and features free family fun for kids of all ages. There will also be a silent auction to benefit Project 16:49. Special thanks to the Rock-Green Realtors Association for hosting the event!

For information on having a booth/game at the event or donating to the silent auction, please contact Vicky at Rock Green Realtors Association:  (608) 754-4854 or Vicky@RockGreenRealtors.org.

Spread the word, and join the fun! We hope to see you there.

Jan 172015

We are looking to expand our pool of female overnight volunteers for Robin House, our home for unaccompanied teenage girls. Volunteers provide an overnight adult presence in the house to ensure the safety of our residents and are allowed to sleep at night. A private room, with bed and bedding, is available for our volunteers.

For more information, please view the volunteer position description. If you’re interested in joining us, please complete a Volunteer Application and return it to Tammy DeGarmo at ed@project1649.org. Please tell anyone you know who you think might be a good fit. Thanks!

Nov 082014

Take a break from your holiday shopping on Black Friday to visit New Best Body at 819 E. High Street in Milton, Wisconsin. They are offering all sorts of great services for cheap and running a silent auction as well, with all proceeds from the auction going to Project 16:49. We hope to see you there!


Sep 242014

Applebees Beloit


What: Flapjack Fundraiser benefitting Project 16:49’s work in serving our community’s unaccompanied homeless youth

Date: Saturday, October 11

Time: 8 to 10 AM

Location: Applebee’s, 2680 Cranston Road, Beloit, WI

Cost: Only $5 / ticket, all ages — includes pancakes, bacon and beverage (coffee, orange juice, soda or tea)

Tickets available at the door, or purchase in advance by calling  (608) 314-5501. We hope to see you there!

May 162014

The wonderful supporters in Rock County often ask how they can lend Project 16:49 a hand. To answer that, we point them to our page on this site: Top 10 Ways YOU Can Support Our Mission. As part of that, we recently updated our Wish List, so be sure to check that, even if you’ve already read it before.

One of our biggest supporters is Holly’s Kids, which you can find on Facebook. They regularly hold a rummage sale in the summer to benefit Project 16:49, and they’re looking for donations for that as well. The drop-off day is June 12. If you have something you’d like to get rid—and help support a great cause at the same time—be sure to check that out too. Thanks!

Mar 122014

Project 16:49 is establishing a pool of female volunteers to provide occasional respite and vacation coverage for the live-in resident assistant at Robin House, a 7-bedroom independent / transitional living program site for female unaccompanied homeless high school students. Volunteers will provide an overnight adult presence in the house to ensure a safe environment for the residents. Overnight volunteers may sleep through the night.

Please see our volunteer position description for additional information. College students welcome. If interested, contact Tammy DeGarmo at ed@project1649.org or (608) 314-5501. A background check is required.

Project 16:49’s mission is to empower Rock County’s unaccompanied homeless youth to take action to achieve their goals. The organization ensures these students have access to the services and support they need to remain in school, graduate and become self-sufficient adults. 

Mar 112014

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT:  Live-In Resident Assistant, Female

Project 16:49 seeks female applicants for the position of Resident Assistant, or “house manager,” at Robin House (Beloit), a 7-resident independent / transitional living program site for unaccompanied homeless female students from any Rock County school district. The Resident Assistant lives on-site and is responsible for providing general supervision and maintaining a safe and stable living environment in exchange for room and board. This position does not receive additional monetary compensation, and may have other part- or full-time employment. College students are welcome to apply.

Please see the full position description for more information. Specific questions may be sent to ed@project1649.org.

To apply, submit a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this type of position, and any relevant qualifications or experience you possess, along with your resume and three references to Tammy DeGarmo at ed@project1649.org or at Project 16:49, 1735 S. Washington St., Janesville, WI 53545, by March 28.

Background check and drug screening required.

Project 16:49’s mission is to empower Rock County’s unaccompanied homeless youth to take action to achieve their goals. The organization ensures these students have access to the services and support they need to remain in school, graduate and become self-sufficient adults.