IPH Turns 35

The need was clear. In 1984, homelessness was prominent throughout Albany. Most noticed, many were concerned, but few knew how to help. The Capital Area Council of Churches gathered to discuss solutions, and Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless was formed as a small, one-room shelter in a church basement.

Programs and services expanded greatly over the years as IPH grew to meet the needs of the community, but the organization has never wavered from its roots. Where there is a need, IPH will be part of the solution.

Today, IPH celebrates 35 years of service! Our continuum of care now includes 8 programs. At its core, IPH provides emergency shelter to the homeless in our community while offering additional services such as health and wellness, housing, and the popular Sheridan Hollow Drop-In Center, soon to be Community Connections, for those needing additional support.

We continue to expand to meet the community’s needs and have helped transform the Sheridan Avenue landscape. A drive down lower Sheridan shows a vibrant community and beautiful housing. Now, we are making an impact on upper Sheridan Avenue.

Over the last 2 years, you have helped IPH raise nearly $6 million to renovate the former St. Casimir’s school and convent into beautiful buildings that will soon house vital programs. Renovations are nearly complete, and the programs are anticipated to open in the new spaces early this fall.

Whether you’ve supported IPH for decades, years, or months, thank you! Your support provides meals, housing, essential basic care items, case management, and more. As we celebrate our past and look to the future, we honor our roots, our guests, our supporters, and our staff.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;

indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead

In honor of 35 years of service, would you consider a $35 donation to IPH? Donate Now

Cooking with Rich

Chopping, dicing, sautéing, and baking… guests at IPH’s Emergency Shelter are learning the basics of cooking with our cook, Rich.

Each week, under Rich’s direction, guests enrolled in his cooking workshop prepare and serve a meal for their fellow shelter guests.

At the end of the program, guests will receive a certificate of completion and will have a new found confidence in the kitchen!

Women of Excellence

Janine Robitaille, Executive Director of IPH – Woman of Excellence, Excellence in Management- Times Union

What is one thing that has inspired you in life that you think might have led you to be named a Women of Excellence?

Janine Robitaille is a Woman of Excellence on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at CAP COM headquarters in Colonie, N.Y. (Cindy Schultz for the Times Union)

“When I first started as Executive Director at IPH, we were a small organization with limited staff.  There was much to learn, but my biggest lesson was in humility.  The organization needed help, and I quickly learned that there were many people available for support if I just reached out.  Over the years, I have remained humble and honest with funders, the community, and my staff.  Recognizing limitations is just as important as recognizing strengths, and doing both has allowed me to establish and nurture supportive professional relationships that have helped my agency and myself, as an individual, continue to grow and achieve great success.



CDPHP is partnering with IPH to Better Our Community

For every person who joins CDPHP Insights, CDPHP will donate $1 to IPH. Visit https://www.cdphp.com/promotions/cdphp-insights or text “Insights” to 237471.


Best Places to Work

IPH was honored to receive the Albany Business Review Best Places to Work award!

Employees at IPH can literally see and feel the impact they have on the lives of the guests we serve every day. Working to make a difference in the lives of others makes you feel great!

Our agency’s superpower is EMPOWERMENT! We empower every person, regardless of where they are on life’s journey, to be the best version of themselves, and surround them with support and services that encourage self-sufficiency and stability.



Thank you for joining us for the 10th Annual Stomp Out Homelessness! Funds raised go directly to the programs and services of IPH.



A special thank you to our Game Day Sponsor Community Resource Federal Credit Union.

Jessica’s Story

Hand in hand, Jessica* and her daughter walk to the school bus stop ready to start another day. Now a devoted mother, Jessica has learned to be resilient, determined, and humble. She and her daughter Jasmine* live in permanent supportive housing through Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH). They share an impeccably clean 2- bedroom apartment on a nice block as part of IPH’s Sheridan Hollow Housing. Her favorite part of her home is that she shares it with her daughter– that wasn’t always a certainty.

At a young age, Jessica started off in her mother’s footsteps and began using drugs. It was the beginning of a long, hard, dangerous road. She sustained abusive relationships, an arrest, involvement with CPS (Child Protective Services), Family Court, and being cut off from family. Lonely and desperate, Jessica continued to use drugs to try to ease the pain she was feeling.

When Jasmine was 4 years old, Jessica was arrested and her daughter went into the custody of CPS. Jasmine was brought to see Jessica in prison, and then “it hit me. I had to make a change.” After previous failed attempts, Jessica committed to rehabilitation and completed an extensive recovery program.

Now living with Jasmine, Jessica feels stronger and closer to her family than she ever dreamed. “I made a huge mistake when I chose the streets and drugs. I am not proud of it. I cannot change the past, but I will not be held hostage by it. I’m looking forward.”

Jessica is able to focus on the future in part because of the support she receives from IPH. A permanent home has given her the stability needed to focus on her recovery, her full-time job, and parenting. A Case Manager helps Jessica stay on track with her goals.

Her dedication is clear when you see her with Jasmine. Jessica is a self-proclaimed “overprotective soccer mom.” She cheers for Jasmine on the field and enjoys their heartfelt talks about values. “I have made mistakes, but Jasmine should not have to pay for them. I have the chance to make this right- for me, for her, and for our family. I am so grateful for this program with IPH and so proud to be here.”

“You opened up your doors. You gave us a fresh start.”

Almost 6 years clean, Jessica feels confident and content. She continues to share her story at an addiction program and encourages other women to take their lives back. “When you feel like everything is coming down on you, don’t give up. That is when you say, I can do it.” She is breaking the cycle of addiction for herself and her family.


*Names have been changed to protect the privacy of their family.

Your contribution gives more fresh starts! Now is your chance to be a part of a better future for guests like Jessica. We have grown to serve more people, and our Annual Fund goal has increased. We rely on the financial support of our community and hope we can count on you to be a part of this year’s success.

Donate to IPH at- https://www.firstgiving.com/iph

Danielle’s House 2017

Join us for a night of fun to support IPH’s Danielle’s House.

Tickets and information available at https://501auctions.com/danielleshouse

Recent Fires in Albany

In the past few weeks, two large fires have displaced several Albany families. In coordination with the City of Albany, American Red Cross, and SEFCU, IPH is assisting in emergency services for the families affected by both of these fires- North Manning Boulevard and Madison Avenue.

At this time IPH is coordinating financial donations for the fire victims. Donations made online can be directed towards either the Manning Boulevard Relief Fund or the Madison Ave. Fire Relief Fund. Donations can also be made in person by visiting any SEFCU branch.


Efforts look to help fire victims restore their way of life

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 19, 2017) – The City of Albany, alongside the Lark Street Business Improvement District (“Lark Street BID”), SEFCU, and Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, has announced fundraising relief efforts being made in support of the victims of the recent Madison Avenue fire, which took place the evening of Monday, July 17. The fire has resulted in the demolition of 406, 408, and 410, with efforts being made to stabilize 412 Madison Avenue.

Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) is coordinating financial donations with the City of Albany and SEFCU through the Madison Avenue Fire Relief Fund. Parties may donate funds to the individuals and families impacted by the Madison Avenue fire at any SEFCU branch or by visiting www.InterfaithPartnership.com and noting Madison Avenue Fire Relief Fund on their donation.

At this time, clothing donations – although appreciated – are not being accepted. Those who are in need of clothing or linens should contact IPH by calling (518) 434-8021.

“The response to Monday’s fire on Madison Avenue is another example of how our community comes together when our neighbors need it most,” said Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan. “Thank you to the Lark Street BID, SEFCU, and IPH for helping those who have lost everything.”

“It’s beyond saddening. Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragic fire. I know that if we come together, all of the businesses and residents along Lark Street can make a difference in restoring the victims’ lives in a meaningful fashion,” said Daniel S. Atkins, chairman, Lark Street BID.

“The fire, was undoubtedly heartbreaking and devastating for the residents affected. It is in these times of seemingly insurmountable challenges that a community such as the Lark Street quarter, comes together. We believe by working together and helping out our fellow neighbors on Madison Avenue, that brick by brick, piece by piece, they will be able to put together their lives in a more expedient way in order to move on in their lives,” said Shauna M. Collins, executive director, Lark Street BID.

Efforts are being put forth to provide immediate relief for those impacted by the fire, as well as prevention for the future. The fire has left people temporarily homeless and many with damaged or even destroyed belongings. There are multiple ways for the community to get involved and help those affected by the fire.

On Saturday, July 22 at 8 p.m., Savoy Taproom (301 Lark Street) will hold a fundraiser benefit in which proceeds will go to the relief fund. Admission is $10.

Each business on Lark Street is playing a part to help those in need through a street-wide collection drive. At each business there will be a jar or basket which will be clearly labeled. Donations to these locations will contribute to the relief fund to help those affected by the fire.

Summer Youth Program Turns 10

Happy 10th Birthday Summer Youth Program!


To get involved or lead an activity, contact Clarice at [email protected] or 518-434-8021 x108


Last year, Summer 2016:
1,033 lunches were served
Averaged 21 children per day
90 backpacks were distributed to children for back-to-school

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

Guests are excited to check out bicycles! Thank you @SEFCU for providing bikes to our programs! https://t.co/Nx2qW9KxWx