Hoffman Family Center

Investing in Our Neighborhood:
IPH’s Hoffman Family Center Groundbreaking

It is a name that is not unfamiliar to the Capital Region. With 30 Hoffman Car Wash & Hoffman Jiffy Lube locations, there is a good chance that nearly every car on our roads has at one time or another been cleaned by this family. Now, the well-established business and family has committed a combined $500,000 to Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) in Albany.

“The Hoffman family and Hoffman Car Wash & Jiffy Lube are thrilled to support the work at IPH. Their work to shelter, feed and help this population stabilize their lives is important to us as a family and business,” shared Carrie Hoffman, a member of the IPH Board of Directors. “As chair of the capital campaign to raise $5.8 million, which will transform two large buildings on the northwest end of Sheridan Avenue, we feel the commitment matches our enthusiasm with IPH’s commitment to Albany County.”

IPH is reviving the former St. Casimir’s school and convent to be a neighborhood hub offering Community Connections, Healthy Connections sponsored by MVP Health Care, and apartments for formerly homeless individuals. The vision is to revitalize more of Sheridan Avenue through continued investment in its buildings and programs.

Where there was once blight on lower Sheridan Avenue is now new housing, paved roads, and a café. It started with IPH’s renovation of its Emergency Shelter in 2004 and then, IPH built permanent housing in 2008. This commitment motivated two other housing groups to invest, making Lower Sheridan a place residents are proud to call home. “IPH has long been committed to the Sheridan Hollow community and these new spaces will provide expanded programs, services, and partnerships for our neighbors,” said Janine Robitaille, Executive Director of IPH.

The former St. Casimir’s Convent will house IPH’s popular Health & Wellness Program- Healthy Connections sponsored by MVP Health Care. It will provide free health services to homeless and low-income individuals. The former St. Casimir’s School will house many of the programs and services of IPH’s current Sheridan Hollow Drop-In Center. Two floors will be the new home to Community Connections. The second floor classrooms will be renovated to become 5 one-bedroom apartments.

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts, “Supportive housing projects like this bring together housing and tailored services necessary for formerly homeless individuals with a disability to achieve better health and stability in their lives. We are proud to partner with Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless and thank them for their continued commitment to housing homeless New Yorkers.”

These new spaces also open IPH to collaborations with Poverello Health, Catholic Charities food pantry, and an Albany Police Department Neighborhood Engagement Unit satellite office.

IPH is thrilled to have already raised $5.2 million of the $5.8 million needed from the generosity of individuals, granting organizations, and community partners.

“A $250,000 challenge has been presented to IPH,” said Janine Robitaille.  “A local family is helping us engage the wider community by offering a dollar for dollar match up to $250,000 for a potential total of $500,000.  We have $88,000 left to raise for the match and $600,000 left to raise for the entire campaign.” Pledges or donations must be made by December 31, 2017 to qualify for the match.

The groundbreaking will take place on November 1, 2017 outside of the former St. Casimir’s School at 315 Sheridan Ave in Albany at 10:00 a.m. Speakers include Janine Robitaille, Executive Director of IPH; Senator Neil Breslin; Assemblyman John T. McDonald; County Executive Daniel P. McCoy; Mayor of Albany Kathy Sheehan; Hon. Ronald E. Bailey; Carrie Hoffman, representative of Hoffman family; Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts of Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

Learn more about IPH and the campaign: [email protected]    www.interfaithpartnership.com

Times Union coverage of the Groundbreaking Ceremony can be found at: http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODN/AlbanyTimesUnion/shared/ShowArticle.aspx?doc=HATU%2F2017%2F11%2F02&entity=Ar03601&sk=CAC3F6B9&mode=text

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