Hoffman Family Center

Investing in Our Neighborhood:
IPH’s Hoffman Family Center Groundbreaking

It is a name that is not unfamiliar to the Capital Region. With 30 Hoffman Car Wash & Hoffman Jiffy Lube locations, there is a good chance that nearly every car on our roads has at one time or another been cleaned by this family. Now, the well-established business and family has committed a combined $500,000 to Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) in Albany.

“The Hoffman family and Hoffman Car Wash & Jiffy Lube are thrilled to support the work at IPH. Their work to shelter, feed and help this population stabilize their lives is important to us as a family and business,” shared Carrie Hoffman, a member of the IPH Board of Directors. “As chair of the capital campaign to raise $5.8 million, which will transform two large buildings on the northwest end of Sheridan Avenue, we feel the commitment matches our enthusiasm with IPH’s commitment to Albany County.”

IPH is reviving the former St. Casimir’s school and convent to be a neighborhood hub offering Community Connections, Healthy Connections sponsored by MVP Health Care, and apartments for formerly homeless individuals. The vision is to revitalize more of Sheridan Avenue through continued investment in its buildings and programs.

Where there was once blight on lower Sheridan Avenue is now new housing, paved roads, and a café. It started with IPH’s renovation of its Emergency Shelter in 2004 and then, IPH built permanent housing in 2008. This commitment motivated two other housing groups to invest, making Lower Sheridan a place residents are proud to call home. “IPH has long been committed to the Sheridan Hollow community and these new spaces will provide expanded programs, services, and partnerships for our neighbors,” said Janine Robitaille, Executive Director of IPH.

The former St. Casimir’s Convent will house IPH’s popular Health & Wellness Program- Healthy Connections sponsored by MVP Health Care. It will provide free health services to homeless and low-income individuals. The former St. Casimir’s School will house many of the programs and services of IPH’s current Sheridan Hollow Drop-In Center. Two floors will be the new home to Community Connections. The second floor classrooms will be renovated to become 5 one-bedroom apartments.

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts, “Supportive housing projects like this bring together housing and tailored services necessary for formerly homeless individuals with a disability to achieve better health and stability in their lives. We are proud to partner with Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless and thank them for their continued commitment to housing homeless New Yorkers.”

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.

IPH is thrilled to have already raised $5.2 million of the $5.8 million needed from the generosity of individuals, granting organizations, and community partners.

“A $250,000 challenge has been presented to IPH,” said Janine Robitaille.  “A local family is helping us engage the wider community by offering a dollar for dollar match up to $250,000 for a potential total of $500,000.  We have $88,000 left to raise for the match and $600,000 left to raise for the entire campaign.” Pledges or donations must be made by December 31, 2017 to qualify for the match.

The groundbreaking will take place on November 1, 2017 outside of the former St. Casimir’s School at 315 Sheridan Ave in Albany at 10:00 a.m. Speakers include Janine Robitaille, Executive Director of IPH; Senator Neil Breslin; Assemblyman John T. McDonald; County Executive Daniel P. McCoy; Mayor of Albany Kathy Sheehan; Hon. Ronald E. Bailey; Carrie Hoffman, representative of Hoffman family; Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts of Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

Learn more about IPH and the campaign: [email protected]    www.interfaithpartnership.com

Times Union coverage of the Groundbreaking Ceremony can be found at: http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODN/AlbanyTimesUnion/shared/ShowArticle.aspx?doc=HATU%2F2017%2F11%2F02&entity=Ar03601&sk=CAC3F6B9&mode=text

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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!

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


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.



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!

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

Can you help? IPH guests and staff do dozens of loads of laundry each week. We go through a lot of laundry detergen… https://t.co/rIZxXogQ9U