Medical Respite Turns One

Sister Mavis Jewell Medical Respite for the Homeless, the first medical respite program in the Capital Region, opened March 20, 2017 by IPH. This March we celebrated not only the first anniversary of this innovative program but also an expansion. Opened in 2017 with 10 beds, medical respite now boasts 17 beds. This increase allows hospitals to refer more guests and to keep more individuals in a safe, healing environment.

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 also assist in helping to find shelter or housing.

Each guest at medical respite has their own unique story and needs. IPH is proud to help even more residents through this vulnerable time.

 

Meet Meredith

Meredith and Bill (not pictured) were the first couple to utilize medical respite. They have been significant others for almost 13 years and became homeless last year due to rising rent and utility prices.

After a winter of homelessness, Meredith required an amputation of her toes resulting from frostbite from living on the streets. While residing at medical respite, Bill started to address his own medical, mental health, and substance abuse needs as well.

They recently transitioned into an apartment setting with all the necessary furnishings to provide a safe living environment.

 

Meet Jane

As a single, working mother, Jane raised one son and is now a proud grandmother as well. Her longest and most rewarding job was her employment with the DMV as the artist who designed license plates.

Jane has a history of significant medical needs. In recent years, she has displayed signs of early onset dementia, resulting in a decreased ability to independently manage her own home and health care needs. It was a significant transition and loss for Jane to agree to selling her home. However, she also recognized the need for additional support, in order to safely transition back into the community. She diligently worked with medical respite, her family, and other services to secure housing in a senior community.

Jane enjoyed the company of other guests and the support of staff as she worked to regain housing.

 

Shelter Supervisor

Shelter Supervisor- Albany

Summary:

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. IPH operates 3 emergency shelters, a Medical Respite shelter, permanent housing, a Drop-In Center, a Health and Wellness program, a summer youth program, and the Albany Ambassadors employment initiative.

 

EMERGENCY SHELTER SUPERVISOR

The Emergency Shelter Supervisor is responsible for the oversight and operations of the Albany Emergency Shelter.  This position provides support and supervision to the Case Manager and Senior Shelter Attendant and provides direct case management services to a small caseload of shelter guests.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Model and reinforce Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless’ mission “to address the needs of the homeless and low-income community by providing a continuum of services to encourage self-sufficiency, empowerment, and stability.”
  • Uphold IPH’s core values of Respect, Integrity, Compassion, Determination, and Dedication.
  • Provide supervision and oversight of shelter operations, including admissions, service provision, discharges, and management of staff.
  • Provide support and supervision to Case Managers and the Shelter Attendant Supervisor.
  • Provide direct case management services to a small caseload of shelter guests.
  • Provide guidance related to assessments of guests’ needs and coordination of services.
  • Implement crisis intervention techniques and respond effectively to emergency situations.
  • Respond to after-hours needs of staff and guests (on-call responsibilities), primarily over the phone.
  • Establish and maintain community partnerships to ensure access to services for shelter guests.
  • Ensure accuracy of case files and other program-related documentation.
  • Track program outcomes and perform program evaluation.
  • Ensure shelter operations meet or exceed expectations set forth by funding entities and other governmental regulations.
  • Utilize the web-based Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) database to manage data and complete reporting, as requested.
  • Actively participate in system improvement and advocacy activities regarding homelessness.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education/Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field; Master’s degree preferred
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in a human services setting
  • Case Management experience
  • Supervisory experience preferred

Other Qualifications

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills necessary to work with vulnerable and underserved populations.
  • Ability to maintain guest confidentiality.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to make independent decisions when necessary.
  • Sound independent judgment within scope of the program.

Apply by emailing a resume and cover letter to [email protected] or at Indeed: https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=Shelter%20Supervisor&l=Albany%2C%20New%20York&ts=1531341172169&rq=1&fromage=last&vjk=67171fd861ccbf70

Monthly Giving

Amazing supporters have chosen to donate to IPH monthly to provide consistent support to the programs and services. Giving is easy and can be set up quickly online or by contacting Bonnie at [email protected] or 518-434-8021 x107.

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Make a Lasting Impact!
IPH programs and services run year-round. However, most of the funding and donations are received in the cold weather months. Monthly donations provide IPH with steady funding year-round and also allow staff to budget for unexpected expenses. The average donation is just $23/ month and makes a huge impact over time.

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Medical Respite Turns One

In March 2017, IPH opened the first medical respite program in the Capital Region. Housed at St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy, NY, 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 assists 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.

In March 2018, staff and guests celebrated the one-year anniversary and expansion of this innovative program. IPH has added additional beds and now medical respite serves 17 guests a night.

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.

 

A Taste of Albany 2018- Good to the Last Bite

Thank you for your support of IPH at the signature, fundraiser A Taste of Albany.

Over $160,000 was raised for the programs and services of IPH.

http://www.atasteofalbany.com

Photos of ATOA 2018 are available on Facebook.

Start craving the date for A Taste of Albany 2019. Mark your calendar for

May 2, 2019.

Monthly Donors Matter

Amazing supporters have chosen to donate to IPH monthly to provide consistent support to the programs and services. Giving is easy and can be set up quickly online or by contacting Bonnie at [email protected] or 518-434-8021 x107.

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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!

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

For every $1 you contribute to the Adopt-A-Program in our name, IPH will receive $10 worth of food for our guests… https://t.co/T3dTVVxPG0