About Us


In recognition of the dignity and value of every human life, the mission of Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) is to address the needs of the homeless and low-income community by providing a continuum of services to encourage self-sufficiency, empowerment, and stability.

Board of Directors

Carrie Hoffman, President
Amanda Avery, Esq. Vice President
John Puig, Treasurer
Sarah Hodges,  Secretary

Kelli Arnold
Paul Gioia
Eric Hardiman Ph.D.
Paul Thurston, Jr., Ph.D.
Al Turo

Administrative Team

Janine Robitaille, Executive Director
(518) 434 – 8021 x104
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Kristen Giroux, LMSW, Deputy Director
(518) 434 – 8021 x101
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Christine McDonough, Director of Finance
(518) 434 – 8021 x102
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Bonnie St. Onge, Director of Development
(518) 434 – 8021 x107
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Other Staff

Olivia Meunier, Shelter Director
(518) 434 – 8021 x113
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Julie Demarest, Operations Director
(518) 694 – 0095
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Hugh Myrtle, Facilities Director
(518) 434 – 8021 x115
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Ashley Matrassi, Emergency Shelter Supervisor
(518) 434-8021 x113
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Grace Demand, Direct Support Supervisor
(518) 434 – 8021
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Shahmeeka Chaney-Artis, Community Connections Supervisor
(518) 694-8899
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Rebecca Ciullo, MSW, Medical Respite Supervisor
(518) 268-5070
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Tami McDonald, RN, Healthy Connections Program Coordinator
(518) 694-8899
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Jennifer Salamo, Danielle’s House Supervisor
(518) 627-4649
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Eric Guzman, Assistant Director of Development
(518) 434-8021 x111
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Katelyn Nitti, Development Associate
(518) 434-8021 x114
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Skylin Baestlein, Community Coordinator
(518) 434-8021 x108
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IPH closes its $5.79 million capital campaign and begins construction on 2 buildings: the new Hoffman Family Center which will house IPH’s Community Connections and the former St. Casimir’s convent which will house IPH’s Healthy Connections sponsored by MVP Healthcare.

IPH is named an Albany Business Review “Best Places to Work”


IPH opens the Sister Mavis Jewell Medical Respite at St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy and celebrates the first medical respite program in the Capital Region.


IPH celebrates 30 years of helping the homeless and low-income community.


IPH opens the second part of the Sheridan Hollow Housing Project, expanding to include four additional units of permanent housing for families in the Sheridan Hollow neighborhood.


IPH makes the Business Review’s Achievers List as Non-Profit of the Year.

Deputy Director, Kathy Leyden, is selected as one of the Business Review’s 40 Under Forty recipients.

IPH receives an award through the Consulting Alliance to set the stage for even higher levels of achievement.


Sheridan Hollow Housing Project opens a total of ten affordable housing units for eight individuals and two families with a disabled head of household.
IPH celebrates the agency’s 25th Anniversary.


IPH receives additional funds from the Albany County Trust Fund to support the Sheridan Hollow Housing Project


Albany County donates a parcel of land to support the Sheridan Hollow Housing Project.

NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance awards IPH funds through the Homeless Housing Assistance Program to construct ten units of affordable housing for the Sheridan Hollow Housing Project


The former Emergency Shelter location at 26 South Swan Street is converted into the city’s one-of-a-kind Sheridan Hollow Drop-In Center, which provides an array of services to chronically homeless, at-risk individuals and families and low-income residents of the community. The center is staffed by a Program Director, Case Manager and two Guest Attendants.

Demolition begins for Sheridan Hollow Housing Project Part 1.

The Emergency Shelter bed capacity is increased from 25 to 30.

The first annual A Taste of Albany culinary showcase is held to benefit the agency.


Janine Robitaille begins as the IPH’s Executive Director.

The agency’s strategic plan creates the Sheridan Hollow Housing Project, and results in purchasing four current homes and one empty lot that would eventually become new affordable housing units.


IPH relocates the Emergency Shelter to the newly renovated 176 Sheridan Avenue location.
Four full-time Shelter Attendants, one full-time Evening Case Manager and an Activities Coordinator are added to the IPH team.


IPH’s Emergency Shelter receives permission to increase bed capacity from 19 to 25 in order to meet the growing need.

A state grant is obtained for IPH to purchase and renovate a nearby building at 176 Sheridan Avenue.


In collaboration with the Homeless and Traveler’s Aid Society (HATAS), IPH begins a Housing Program for clients in all shelters within the City of Albany. The program is created to help individuals find affordable housing, seek case management and receive vocational skills training.

The Emergency Shelter staff expands to include an evening social worker to facilitate the HELP Program and perform case management duties for clients that worked during the day.


The Homeless Experiential Life Program (HELP) is developed to facilitate client-staff communication and to offer life skills, self-exploration, therapy and education and recreational outings.


IPH launches Marking Career Connections (MCC), a community-based employment program.


IPH develops a Health & Wellness Program in conjunction with the Albany County Department of Health. Albany Medical Center’s Family Practice joins the following year.


IPH develops the Homelessness Intervention Program (HIP) and hires a program director to oversee it. Social Work students from SUNY Albany begin to intern with the agency.


The Emergency Shelter adds a clothing pantry to support the growing needs of guests and community members.


IPH relocates the Emergency Shelter to the Arbor Hill neighborhood at 26 South Swan Street.


IPH hires a professional staff and begins 24-hour Emergency Shelter service.


Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) is founded by the Capital Area Council of Churches and volunteers, utilizing the basement of a church as a small emergency shelter.

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