Danielle’s House Honors Vic Giulianelli of St. Mary’s Hospital

Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) hosted  a cocktail reception and benefit to celebrate five years of emergency shelter services in Amsterdam and honor Vic Giulianelli, President and CEO of St. Mary’s Healthcare, for his contributions to the shelter, and the Nieves Family, participants of Danielle’s House programs.

“We are excited to congratulate both Vic and the Nieves Family on their achievements,” said Executive Director of IPH, Janine Robitaille.  “It is the hope that this event helped raise awareness for the services we provide to the Amsterdam community, as well as the funds necessary to continue them as we approach the emergency shelter season.”

Funds raised directly impacted Danielle’s House, a program of IPH that offers a year-round mix of emergency shelter, transitional, and permanent housing for individuals and families in Amsterdam and surrounding counties.  Last year, Danielle’s House served 78 individuals including 11 families and 21 children.  Danielle’s House is named in honor of Sr. Danielle Bonetti, a founding member of the Amsterdam Shelter Committee.

Recognizing the need to address the growing homeless population in Amsterdam, Giulianelli called for a dedicated committee to identify a solution to the issue.  An initial brainstorming meeting gathered community agencies and government officials to implement an action plan. With Vic’s leadership and support, St. Mary’s Healthcare provided the seed money and support that led to the development and opening of Amsterdam’s first emergency shelter.  Because of Vic’s commitment to building a stronger community, Danielle’s House has become a resource and home for those in need.

Fleeing from a domestic violence situation in Virgina, Yahaira Nieves and her four children found themselves relocating to Amsterdam in early January 2014. Family and friends helped the Nieves family search for housing, but to their disappointment, were unable to find suitable accomodations. The family entered Danielle’s House that same month and quickly began restructuring and finding stability.  The children were given winter clothes and enrolled in the Amsterdam School District. Yahaira worked hard to find housing her family, working closely with Danielle’s House staff.  By the end of the month, the Nieves Family received the keys to their very own apartment. The staff presented the family with a gift basket of household items and school supplies upon their departure.

Event attendees included nearly 70 local leaders and community organizations, raising more than $9,000 for IPH.

The fundraiser was presented by St. Mary’s Healthcare with additional support from local leaders and organizations.  Every dollar helps keep Danielle’s House open for the emergency shelter season.  Your contribution can be made here.

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