This Week’s News from the ICHH Regional Networks and the Right Resources Bulletin Board
November 24, 2009
Innovation in the Spotlight:
The Western Massachusetts Network Publicity Campaign
In a remarkable display of inter-network collaboration, the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness (WMNEH) has sparked a flurry of activity across its region to raise awareness of regional homelessness issues in the context of this year’s National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (November 15-21, 2009). Gerry McCafferty of the Springfield Housing Department and Pamela Schwartz, Network Coordinator of the WMNEH, created a template for regional representatives to write op-eds in their local newspapers and all 4 counties successfully took up the call. Because its mission of advocating for the housing first approach dovetailed nicely with the Awareness Week, The Network has been able to mobilize a region-wide effort to drive a crucial message home in the lead up to the holiday season. Continue reading
The following is a list of places that will be serving Thanksgiving meals to those in need on Thanksgiving Day, here in the City of Lowell:
St. Paul’s Kitchen (all ages) 12-2pm, Eliot church 273 Summer Street
Pathfinder (homeless adults) noon-1pm, 94 Rock St.
Lowell Transitional Living Center (adults) 11:45am to 1pm, 205 Middlesex St.
Community Christian Fellowship 11am-1pm, 105 Princeton Boulevard
The Housing Consumer Education Center at Community Teamwork
is pleased to announce that we will now be conducting 2 workshops a month on How to Apply to Subsidized Housing.
Beginning in December, the HCEC will be offering the following workshops:
2nd Wednesday of each month, 5:30-6:30
4th Wednesday of each month, 11:00-12:00
Phone Wally at 459-0551 x 204 to register for this workshop
First Annual Festival of Wreaths to Benefit Lowell Transitional Living Center
Don’t miss the festive display of Christmas wreaths at the First Annual Festival of Wreaths. The wreaths will be displayed at the Masonic Temple, across from the JFK Civic Center on Arcand Dr., November 28, 2009 from 11am to 6pm.
The Festival of Wreaths is being done in conjunction with the City of Lights Parade and will feature unique and beautifully decorated wreaths that have been decorated and generously donated by local businesses, area families and friends of the Lowell Transitional Living Center.
All wreaths displayed will be up for raffle throughout the event. No matter your taste, there will be a wreath or two, guaranteed to catch your fancy.
In addition, crafters and artists will have wares available for sale so you can get a jump on your shopping and warm up with hot cocoa and baked goods for you and your family.
Lowell Transitional Living Center is a 90 bed emergency shelter for homeless men and women. Through case management, connection to proper care and resources; we succeed in assisting folks in getting back on the right path.
All proceeds benefit Lowell Transitional Living Center. Help us to help our homeless men and women rebuild their lives so that next holiday season, they may have a front door to decorate for the holidays.
Community Teamwork has several job openings available for application, see below for the links and Good Luck!
Assistant Center Director
Director Residential Program
Assistant Dir of DV Residential Services
Energy Auditor ARRA
Click here for more information
St. Paul’s Kitchen, for those that are not aware, is a community feeding program, run entirely by volunteers, under the watchful leadership of Rose & Walter Bronk.
As of November 1, St. Paul’s had expanded to provide meals on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, each week, with two Tuesday each month covered by Volunteer Groups..and have recently been advised by Walter & Rose Bronk that St. Paul’s Kitchen will provide community meals every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, starting on December 1st.
This is wonderful news for the many families and individuals that rely upon this wonderful community meal. Many thanks to the Bronk’s and their dedication to our community.
This year’s World AIDS Day event will begin at the December 1st Lowell City council meeting. Susan Dargan-Hart, Director of Homelessness and HIV Prevention Programs for the Institute of Health and Recovery will address the Council on Homelessness and HIV/AIDS; and the need for safe affordable housing in our city.
Mayor Caulfield will then read a “City of Lowell World AIDS Day” proclamation to attendees and public officials.
Event participants will then gather outside of City Hall where a candle light vigil will take place prior to a procession down Merrimack Street to Kearney Square.
The event will end at Middlesex Community College where there will be an award ceremony and a showing of an AIDS Quilt provided by the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers.
Many thank to Amy Pessia at the Merrimack Valley Food Bank for passing this on!
I have approached some of you regarding the possibility of a group of us and our kids helping to serve at St. Paul’s Kitchen in Lowell sometime – and I found out that they need help the first 2 Tuesdays of each month for dinner.
If you read the description below you’ll get an idea of the commitment, which if spread among 6 – 7 of us, would be manageable even with our crazy schedules. I wanted to throw this our to you, and see if it sticks, and get an idea of what night of the week would work for the majority of us, and maybe select some dates. It doesn’t have to be in Nov & Dec., I imagine they get plenty of people who want to help this time of year. I think they need help more in Feb & March if we want to consider doing it then.
Feel free to forward this to other people you think may be interested.
I look forward to hearing from you when you have a chance. Click through here for more information
Middlesex Community College Law Center
FREE DEBT WORK SHOP
Thursday, November 19, 2009
2:30p to 4:30p
Assembly Room, Federal Building, 50 Kearney Square, Lowell
Representatives from Merrimack Valley Legal Services, Inc & Consumer Credit Counseling Services will speak about
Open to the Public!
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (978) 656-3342
You’re invited to Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities
Visit their new Food Pantry and Offices
70 Lawrence St. Lowell
Wednesday, Decmber 9, 2009
4:30p to 6:30p
light refreshments provided
Help MVCC celebrate their new food pantry and supoort the Friends Feeding Families Brown Bag Campaign! Guests are invited to participate by bringing canned goods or a grocery store gift card