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!

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Danielle’s House Trivia Night

Thank you for everyone who joined us to support Danielle’s House and the start of shelter season. We appreciate your partnership and generosity!

Congratulations to the winners- FMCC students won the Genius Award this year!

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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.

 

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.

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May 2, 2019.

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