NICEVILLE — Crisis Aid for Littles and Moms House celebrated its first birthday Oct. 20 in Niceville, throwing a free Fall Festival for the benefit of the community.


The fun included grilled hot dogs, cakewalks, a ring toss, face-painting, fishing, and pumpkin decorating.


“We could not have achieved this dream into a reality without this community’s support. To show our appreciation, we want to thank the community for their love, time, money, expertise, donations of supplies and talents, and thousands of volunteer hours to make this happen,” Dina Moriarty, event organizer, said.


CALM is a 501c3 nonprofit. It offers single moms and their children who are facing crises, such as homelessness, stability and consistency by teaching life skills to help end the cycle of generational poverty.


During this past year, CALM has housed 10 moms and 14 littles, five of whom are newborns.


“It has been a wonderful, growing experience and a joy to see our moms and littles reach milestones in our program. We have had four moms successfully graduate, transition into their homes (and they) are now functioning independently,” said Grace Nuffer, CALM president.


To help reduce operating costs, CALM completed a total renovation of its Chapel Event Venue. It accommodates up to 100 people and is available for rent.


The venue is the perfect size for families, businesses and organizations in Niceville and surrounding areas to hold weddings, office meetings, conferences, hobby groups, family gatherings, holiday parties and more.


Visit www.calmchapelevents.com for additional information.