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Agency Changes in Response to COVID-19


In light of the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19), IPH has responded to challenges to ensure uninterrupted delivery of services, all while maintaining the safety and health of our guests, staff, and community.

IPH’s doors are still open. Basic necessities like food and shelter are still in demand. IPH will continue to make sure those resources are accessible to all who need them. If someone you know is in need of support or services, please call 518-434-8021 to navigate the best course of action.

Volunteer Groups: For the time being, volunteer groups and non-essential community meetings will be suspended or postponed.

We will NOT be accepting clothing, toiletry, or household items at this time.

How you can help now:


Meal donations: In an effort to keep our guests and community members safe and healthy IPH will be moving towards a “limited-contact” method for meal donations. Until further notice, all meal donors will be greeted outside our facility and IPH Staff will be responsible for delivering the meal to the kitchen. Meals may be prepared offsite and dropped off, or catering/delivery can be arranged. Our kitchen will be utilized by IPH Staff Only and will be closed to outside volunteers. Meal donations are crucial in continuing to support our shelter and community meal programs.

For more information regarding meal donations, please email Sky at [email protected]

Financial gifts will support daily operations, increased cleaning and sanitation costs, and sustain delivery of critical services to our guests. To donate, please visit:

Regional Food Bank contributions keep shelves stocked at IPH facilities and ensure that ingredients for hot and healthy meals are available for all. Make a gift to our account at the Regional Food Bank by calling 518-786-3691 x244.
Our account number is 188ES.





In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and for the safety and health of everyone involved, our team has made a difficult decision regarding A Taste of Albany held on May 7, 2020.

The 15th annual A Taste of Albany culinary showcase has transitioned from a physical event to a “virtual” event, giving everyone the opportunity to show support from the comfort and safety of your home. We will still feature our online auction that will go live from May 1st through our original event date of May 7th.

As we navigate this unprecedented decision, IPH and our committee members are dedicated to delivering the energy and excitement our past A Taste of Albany events brought…only this time to your home! We thank everyone for their continued understanding and support.

Although there are no longer ‘tickets’ to purchase for our physical event, all donations help to maintain the financial integrity of the event and support IPH programs.

To make a donation in support of our virtual auction or to donate an auction item, please visit

For any questions regarding A Taste of Albany, please email Eric at [email protected]

For any questions regarding A Taste of Albany auction donations, please email Kate at [email protected]

Doors Open

Once school children ran through the building attending classes and neighbors filled the auditorium for community events, now after years of vacancy, IPH (formerly Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless) has revitalized and renewed St. Casimir’s school and convent into a central hub for community services.

Men, women, and families can visit IPH’s new Hoffman Family Center’s Community Connections for a daily hot meal, laundry, showers, life skills classes, clothing and food pantries, and case management and Healthy Connections sponsored by MVP Health Care next door for vital health services.

The doors of the Hoffman Family Center opened to guests for the first time and the response was overwhelming. Men and women lined up for breakfast, the food pantry, clothing pantry and other services.

This year IPH celebrates its 35th anniversary, and now we welcome the community to IPH again. 35 years of opening doors and we will help even more individuals and families with more reach, more services, more lives changed.

The New Look of IPH

The look of IPH is changing as we shortened our name to reflect the wider range of services we provide to the community. Our new logo pays tribute to the doors we open with and for guests every day.

Opening Doors for people in need of shelter, permanent housing, health services, nourishment, and employment.

Opening Doors that lead guests to self-sufficiency and stability.

Opening Doors with compassion and courtesy.

Opening Doors with tenacity and courage.

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 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.

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