saving lives~giving hope~preserving dignity
On January 28, Helping Hands led the evening portion of the annual HUD point-in-time count. Despite the near-zero temperatures, we found groups of homeless men living in shelters such as this one (discovered by our case manager, Jacqui Drechsler, in West Nyack).
The mission of Helping Hands is to help homeless men and women find alternatives to life on the streets.
This year we are undertaking major new steps to increase our help to the homeless:
a longer Safe Haven season of shelter and meals
more case management
BUT WE CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU!
Volunteers needed for the Helping Hands Safe Haven
Contact Kathy Lathrop, our volunteer coordinator, at 845-357-3025 or kathyL118@aol.com
Our Next Step
Our Next Step: Housing for Those in Need
We are developing a plan for a mixed-use housing facility, with supportive services, which will enhance the community in which it stands.
A crucial step is finding the appropriate site for this facility. You can help by informing us of possible properties you are aware of.
We are looking for:
–An existing building (either a large home, an old hotel or motel, a dormitory or a commercial facility) in need of renovation or an undeveloped lot (approximately 2 acres)
–A location that is convenient to public transportation
–Ideally, a site that is residentially zoned or that could be rezoned
Please e-mail your suggestions directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thanks for your support and for your assistance in this new venture.
Peace, Raoul Cansino President of the Board
“Why support Helping Hands?”
Because we are the only organization in Rockland County whose sole mission is to help the homeless! But a few numbers may give even a better answer to this question:
150 X 25 = 3,750
On 150 nights, from November to April, an average of twenty-five people, neighbors of ours, come to us for Safe Haven—a hot, home-cooked meal and shelter from the elements. This means 3,750 nights on which someone has not slept on the streets!
50 X 52 = 2,600
At least fifty homeless Rocklanders come to our Outreach Center in Spring Valley every week of the year for free showers, clothing, hygiene items, mental health counseling and expert case management.
Each year volunteers in dozens of communities of faith all over the county donate over ten thousand hours to helping our homeless neighbors through Helping Hands programs.
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One full-time program director and one part-time case manager coordinate this vast volunteer effort.
We need you! Eighty-six percent of our income is donated by individuals, houses of worship, foundations, service clubs and local businesses. Only fourteen percent of our funding comes from government. (As a Rockland County contract agency, we receive a grant that is cut every year by our fiscally stressed local government.)
Please consider a generous donation to Helping Hands and join this growing effort to end homelessness in Rockland County—one person at a time. Use our donation button at the top of the page, or send your donation to:
Helping Hands, PO Box 240, Nyack, NY 10960
A Former Guest’s Story
Recently, a formerly homeless couple described their lives on the street before they found Helping Hands. In their desperate search for shelter they slept anywhere, for a time even slipping into a heating duct at night to escape the cold of winter. The Safe Haven gave them the courage to turn their lives around.
Read Gail’s letter–”How to save lives”–below.
Counseling at the Outreach Office
Homeless, depressed or worried? Talk with a counselor
Call Ya’el Williams at 845-356-0100 for information
Free services for the homeless:
Showers, laundry, clothing and toiletries–all free of charge.
Our Case Manager Jacqui is available to help you: 845-667-2588.
Drop-offs of clean, gently used and seasonally appropriate clothing welcome during Outreach Center hours. Call Jacqui during business hours for help or to arrange a drop-off of donations.
The Helping Hands Outreach Center is located in the United Church of Spring Valley
11 E. Church St. (upstairs from the Breakfast Program)
Our Outreach Hours:
Mondays 8:00 – 11:00 Am
Tuesdays: by appointment only
Wednesdays: 8:00-11:00 am
Thursdays: 8:00-11:00 am
Fridays: 8:00 – 11:00 AM
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