Peas Help

IPH purchases food from the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York to serve more than 60,000 meals to its clients each year. The Adopt-A-Program stretches the food-buying power of IPH—for every $1 contributed to the Regional Food Bank Adopt-A-Program in IPH’s name, IPH will receive $10 worth of food to serve its guests. Donations are accepted to the Adopt-A-Program throughout the year.

During the month of October, PRA matched funds donated in IPH’s name through the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York from October 16 to November 3, 2017. To double the impact of your donation, visit the Regional Foodbank of Northeastern New York’s  Donation Form, select Adopt-A-Program, and enter 188ES or Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless to complete your donation. After following these steps, funds will be added to IPH’s account.

PRA is proud to partner with IPH during this year’s Food Bank Adopt-A-Program and to strengthen PRA and IPH’s longstanding relationship. CEO Pam Robbins notes, “We are so willing to partner with IPH as we have seen what a difference IPH can make in the life of someone needing a helping hand.  I hope our match will encourage folks to contribute to those in need.”

For more information, contact Elle Episcopo at 518-786-3691 x244.

Enviro Tokens

Honest Weight reimburses shoppers a nickel for each cloth reusable bag they use, incentivizing reuse and reducing waste.
With the Enviro Tokens program, shoppers have the choice to donate that nickel to a charity of their choosing. This quarter (October- December 2017) IPH is a selected non-profit. Simply bring your reusable bags, ask for tokens at check-out, and put your tokens in slot #1 for IPH.

Capital Campaign

Campaign for Community Connections

The transformation is astounding. Where there was once blight, there is now housing, a community garden, and a café. It started with IPH’s renovation of the current Emergency shelter in 2004. Then, IPH built permanent housing across the street in 2008. This commitment to the block has motivated two other housing groups to invest in this corridor, making the area feel safe and a place residents are proud to call home.

Now there is an opportunity to do more. Spurred by program growth and community needs, IPH is investing in Upper Sheridan – a step to strengthen community and lead to another improved landscape.

The former St. Casimir’s Convent at 317 Sheridan Ave was purchased and will be renovated to house IPH’s popular Health and Wellness Program. IPH plans to provide nearly 2,000 visits for free health services to approximately 550 individuals a year. This care includes general physical exams, basic first aid, disease screening and testing, illness management, and monthly health workshops.

The former St. Casimir’s School at 315 Sheridan Ave will house many of the programs and services of the Drop-In Center. The expansive basement and first floor will be the new home to Community Connections. This space will allow expansion for employment services, clothing pantry, a daily hot meal, laundry machines, lockers, shower facilities, life skills classes, and an interfaith reflection room. The second floor classrooms will be renovated to become five one-bedroom apartments.

These new spaces also open IPH to collaborations with Poverello Health, Catholic Charities food pantry, and an Albany Police Department Neighborhood Engagement Unit satellite office.

A Capital Campaign is underway for this extensive project. $4.6 million of the $5.8 million has been raised to date through grants and community partners. The physical buildings tell the story of the neighbors who live there. By investing in the corridor, IPH encourages others to do the same and gives residents pride in their community as well as access to vital services.

 

Ambassadors 2017

IPH’s Albany Ambassadors have been working hard with our partners at theRep. Be sure to say hello!

Working to Make a Difference

Want to get involved with a nonprofit but not sure where to start?Attend this FREE event to meet some local charities –including IPH– and network.

Free event, pre-registration is required. Register online: workingtomakeadifference.eventbrite.com Contact Cathy Hotaling at [email protected] or (518) 454-5044

Medical Respite Grand Opening

Grand Opening of Sister Mavis Jewell Medical Respite,
A program of Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless

Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) is opening the first medical respite program in the Capital Region.

Housed at St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy, NY, the Grand Opening on March 16th opened the doors to showcase the facilities and resources of Sister Mavis Jewell Medical Respite. The program will serve homeless patients who are hospitalized and upon discharge require recuperative care; however, they do not have access to a stable environment in which to receive on-going care.

The respite program represents the growing role non-profit organizations like Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless have in caring for the health of the most vulnerable in the community. As the cost of healthcare continues to increase, reform efforts like the New York State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP), administered locally by Alliance for Better Health Care, are bringing medical providers and non-profit organizations together in unprecedented ways. By providing a safe 24/7 recuperative environment for individuals in need discharged from the hospital, the program aims to decrease a patient’s length of stay in a hospital, decrease emergency department visits, and minimize occurrences of readmission.

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 will also assist in helping to find shelter or housing.

The medical respite program will assist an underserved, targeted population that currently lacks access to post-hospital care, and who frequently use the emergency department for non-emergent health concerns. The program is funded in part by Alliance for Better Health Care, Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, Millennium Foundation, St. Peter’s Health Partners, and Friends of Sister Mavis.

The program is named for its strongest advocate, Sister Mavis Jewell of St. Peter’s Health Partners and Daughters of Charity. Her passion for helping the homeless brought her to IPH where she has assisted by advocating, fundraising, and volunteering for over 10 years.

Photo credits: Elizabeth Congiusta and Erin Curely

Bombas

Socks are the #1 requested item by homeless shelters. Bombas set out on a mission to donate 1 million pairs of socks to shelters. IPH was lucky enough to receive nearly 2,000 pairs of brand new socks for our guests.

http://www.bombas.com/million/

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Thank you Bombas!

Danielle’s House $10k Match

Danielle’s House, an IPH Program in Amsterdam, is kicking off a $10k Match fundraiser to help us continue renovations to the shelter.

Thanks to the generosity of the Neena Rao Charitable Corporation, all donations made to our campaign for Danielle’s House will be matched up to $10,000. With the matching program, every dollar raised will have double the impact!

You can help IPH finish the renovations to make Danielle’s House feel like home for our guests. Help us to kick off our matching campaign by donating to: http://www.firstgiving.com/iph/10KMatchforDaniellesHouse

An older three-story building on E. Main Street in Amsterdam houses the programs of Danielle’s House. It serves our programs and guests well but is in need of maintenance and improvements. This summer, during the off-season, IPH began repairs.

With a modest $20,000 budget, IPH has replaced the roof, upgraded the furnace, and installed a new hot water heater, blinds, doors, and locks. New furniture was donated for a comfortable shared living room. The staff team is working quickly to finish flooring, paint, and windows before the emergency shelter opens in November, so guests who arrive at the door feel welcome and at home.

Now, there is extensive work to be done to the exterior of the building. Years of neglect have caused the soffits, wood moldings, and porches to deteriorate. Repairs to fix the damage and clean the brick are necessary and costly.

We need your help to fund the project. IPH is kicking off a fundraising campaign to finish the work.

Please consider making a donation http://www.firstgiving.com/iph/10KMatchforDaniellesHouse

Want to do more?

  •  Become a Danielle’s House Champion and start a fundraising page or team page
  • Share the link to our fundraising page with your email and social media contacts
  • Hold an event such as a bake sale or dress down day at work in honor of Danielle’s House

 

Repairs have started but there is more work to do. Thank you for your contributions!

Danielle’s House reception 2016

Danielle’s House, a program of IPH in Amsterdam, is honoring

Michael McMahon

Join us in celebrating with a cocktail reception, raffle, and presentation of awards.
Thursday, October 20
6:00-8:00pm
Perrella Art Gallery
FMCC
2805 State Highway 67
Johnstown, NY 12095

http://501auctions.com/danielleshouse

YouGiveGoods

THANK YOU FOR HELPING IPH ACHIEVE OUR GOAL IN OUR FIRST ONLINE DONATION DRIVE!
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IPH kicked off an online donation drive to raise toiletries and cleaning supplies for our Shelter and Drop-In Center. Help us reach the goal of 200 items by making a gift of goods.
  • Shop online and purchase the items you wish to donate
  • YouGiveGoods will email you a tax deductible receipt
  • All donations will be shipped at the close of the drive directly to IPH
Visit our drive page frequently to check our progress or post a note. Please share our drive by emailing co-workers and friends or on social media to help us meet our goal! https://yougivegoods.com/iph
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There are so many ways that you can help us help others.

Thank you to our amazing supporters who support our programs throughout these long winter months! https://t.co/Z0UgPUhu4k