ATOA Auction Help

Auction Volunteer

A Taste of Albany is the primary fundraiser for IPH. The event is a culinary showcase that brings nearly 800 people together and raises $170,000 each year for IPH. An event of this scale benefits greatly from volunteers, committee members, and interns. The auction alone raises nearly $25,000/ year and is an important part of the event.

This role will work on the IPH Development Team on the auction for A Taste of Albany. Along with support from other members of the IPH Development team and event committee, this position will be responsible for but not limited to:

Responsibilities

Mailing letters to auction donors
• Making follow up calls as-needed
• Recording received items into the Google spreadsheet
• Entering the auction items into the website with photos for mobile bidding
• Maintaining the updated Google spreadsheet of auction items

Requirements

Attention to detail
Organized
Positive attitude
Commitment to making A Taste of Albany an amazing experience for all attending and bidding

Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, soon to be IPH, addresses the needs of the homeless and low-income community by providing a continuum of services to encourage self-sufficiency, empowerment, and stability.

Check out our social media: Facebook @IPHalbany; [email protected]_albany

Check out last year’s event at www.atasteofalbany.com

Apply by sending a letter of interest to Erin Coufal, Marketing Communications Director, at [email protected]

5 New Apartments

The transformation is phenomenal. A few more weeks of construction and IPH will be ready to open the doors of the new Hoffman Family Center, home to Community Connections and 5 apartments for chronically homeless individuals living with a disability.

If you’d like to help with the finishing touches, we’d be honored:http://a.co/iGiKYSE

The former St. Casimir’s School in Albany is undergoing a beautiful renovation that honors the history of the building and the needs of the community. It will open in September 2019 as The Hoffman Family Center. In this building, there are 5 new apartments for chronically homeless individuals living with a disability and our Community Connections program which offers a daily hot meal, showers, laundry, case management, clothing pantry, food pantry, and more.

Summer Wish List 2019

The needs of our programs change as the seasons change. The hot weather can be as challenging as the cold weather. If you are able to help, items can be ordered on Amazon and shipped directly to IPH or to start a donation drive, contact Kara at [email protected].

IPH by the Numbers

Making an impact! In 2018, IPH served over 2,000 guests.

We’re Hiring

Join Team IPH

Our programs are growing and we’re hiring! All of our job openings are listed on Indeed.com. Search for Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless for a full listing.

ATOA 2019

Thank you to our Sponsors, Restaurants, Honorary Committee, Event Committee, Volunteers, Attendees, and Bidders! The funds raised go directly to the programs and services of IPH.

www.atasteofalbany.com

 

Campaign for Community Connections Update

 

At the end of 2018, we successfully completed the $5.8 million capital campaign. Construction on both buildings is underway!

In fall 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.

 

 To learn more about these programs or about the Grand Opening later in 2019, please contact Bonnie at 518-434-8021 x107 or [email protected]

The Story of Chris

 

The frigid cold finally took its toll. Despite being homeless, Chris avoided staying in shelters. Instead, he slept outside near the Capitol, in abandoned buildings, or in the park. However, the winter of 2014 was the coldest weather he’d experienced, and it forced him to find warmth and respite.

When Chris arrived at the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) Emergency Shelter for Code Blue, he didn’t realize that he’d be changing his life and inspiring a new program at IPH.

Due to the bitter cold, the dorms filled to capacity, but Chris and 12 others slept on the couches at the shelter. IPH worked tirelessly to develop a way to provide more. IPH’s Safe Haven was opened with cots, hot meals, staff, and case managers to assist Chris and other individuals from the streets of Albany who needed these services.

Safe Haven provided warmth and safety that this community needed. Although the first signs of spring were met with enthusiasm, the adversity of the winter still hung heavily. Chris approached staff to show his gratitude… “You guys saved my life this winter.”

Alcohol and drugs influenced Chris’ decisions and led to his homelessness. “I was scared when I started sleeping on the streets, but I didn’t know how to change things,” he admitted.

Winter came again the next year, and Chris was back at Safe Haven without hesitation. He was in the same situation and knew now that he had a safe place to go. The second season saw an overall increase in guests needing shelter, in large part, because Chris and previous guests were spreading the word. Friends had died on the streets in the cold, and Chris didn’t want anyone else to suffer.

At IPH, he met staff who were accepting and motivational. Chris visited the on-site nurse, talked with case managers, and started to see another possibility for his life. Staff guided Chris towards resources. After a second try at treatment, Chris is proudly one-year sober. After 4 years of homelessness, Chris has his own apartment. After years of unemployment, he works hard every day at his new job.

The 4 year journey together is far from over. Chris moved into IPH’s permanent, supportive housing this summer and works with his case manager on his goal to maintain his sobriety, job, and housing. He’s staying steady and grateful.

Healthier, clean, and stable, Chris looks and feels like a different person. “On the street, I was just trying to survive. I felt so hopeless. Now, I am happy where I am. I am proud. I never knew this was possible for me.”

Spark new possibilities with a donation to IPH’s Annual Fund.

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.

 

Facebook Heroes

Spread the word about IPH and raise valuable funds for programs and services by becoming a Facebook Hero!

You might be surprised how far your network stretches!

https://www.facebook.com/IPHalbany/

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

Due to the intensely cold weather, IPH is opening Safe Haven beginning tonight. Looking for ways to help? Donation… https://t.co/bgp6URWmgm