Campaign for Community Connections Update

We are nearing the end of a very successful $5.8 million capital campaign. With approximately $5.5 million raised, work on our 2 buildings has begun!

The necessary asbestos abatement of both properties is complete and construction began this summer. In spring 2019, IPH’s Community Connections will be moving into its new home, The Hoffman Family Center in the former St. Casimir’s School at 315 Sheridan Ave. Healthy Connections will be situated in the former St. Casimir’s Convent at 317 Sheridan Ave next door.

Hoffman Car Wash & Jiffy Lube and the Hoffman family donated over $500,000 to the project in the largest single contribution it has ever made to a non-profit. “The need is real, and it’s impossible to ignore those in the community who struggle the most- the homeless, the hungry, and the poor. Together we embrace possibility, together we will help IPH improve lives,” says Carrie Hoffman, IPH board member and Hoffman family member.

Our campaign has had great success, but we are still short of the total needed. This project has captured the imagination of many because of people like you who have extended your own support and opened doors to others.

Please know we are still welcoming new opportunities for philanthropic engagement if you should think of others who may be willing to learn more.

Contact Bonnie at 518-434-8021 x107 or [email protected]

Medical Respite Turns One

Sister Mavis Jewell Medical Respite for the Homeless, the first medical respite program in the Capital Region, opened March 20, 2017 by IPH. This March we celebrated not only the first anniversary of this innovative program but also an expansion. Opened in 2017 with 10 beds, medical respite now boasts 17 beds. This increase allows hospitals to refer more guests and to keep more individuals in a safe, healing environment.

Medical Respite is short term-residential care that allows individuals the opportunity to rest in a safe 24/7 environment while accessing care and supportive services such as meals, personal care needs, medications, treatments and home care services. While patients are recovering, case managers also assist in helping to find shelter or housing.

Each guest at medical respite has their own unique story and needs. IPH is proud to help even more residents through this vulnerable time.

 

Meet Meredith

Meredith and Bill (not pictured) were the first couple to utilize medical respite. They have been significant others for almost 13 years and became homeless last year due to rising rent and utility prices.

After a winter of homelessness, Meredith required an amputation of her toes resulting from frostbite from living on the streets. While residing at medical respite, Bill started to address his own medical, mental health, and substance abuse needs as well.

They recently transitioned into an apartment setting with all the necessary furnishings to provide a safe living environment.

 

Meet Jane

As a single, working mother, Jane raised one son and is now a proud grandmother as well. Her longest and most rewarding job was her employment with the DMV as the artist who designed license plates.

Jane has a history of significant medical needs. In recent years, she has displayed signs of early onset dementia, resulting in a decreased ability to independently manage her own home and health care needs. It was a significant transition and loss for Jane to agree to selling her home. However, she also recognized the need for additional support, in order to safely transition back into the community. She diligently worked with medical respite, her family, and other services to secure housing in a senior community.

Jane enjoyed the company of other guests and the support of staff as she worked to regain housing.

 

Housing First

 

Our residents simply have no where else to live. They each work with case managers to develop their own paths, but they are finding success because they found housing. The Housing First approach gives residents the stability needed to continue to focus on their health, job, children, or other personal goals.

With a smile on his face and pride in his eyes, Michael showed off keys to his new apartment. Health issues were the final straw that led to homelessness for Michael. He underwent two surgeries before coming to IPH and a third surgery while a guest here. Knowing that he had a safe, comfortable place to return to upon discharge was a huge relief to Michael.

Case managers worked closely with medical and Veteran services to find housing for Michael, and this year, he moved into his own apartment.

The need for decent, affordable housing is increasing. There are currently not enough units available especially for chronically homeless individuals who do not have a rental history.

IPH’s investment in housing is also an investment in our guests and our community. Residents in IPH’s housing have a retention rate of 81% across all housing programs.

Over the years, IPH has expanded its housing to meet the community’s ever-growing need for quality, affordable, permanent housing. Beginning in 2009 with 10 units of housing, IPH currently owns 23 units of permanent housing with additional 16 scattered site housing vouchers and anticipates 15 more IPH housing units over the next two years.

By turning once-blighted properties into apartments and single room occupancy units, IPH continues to provide safe, supportive housing for the community’s most vulnerable residents while simultaneously revitalizing the Sheridan Hollow neighborhood.

 

There are so many ways that you can help us help others.

We are so grateful for the partnership and support of APD! Thank you for the delicious breakfast for our guests and… https://t.co/xGFERrrU4u