As many of you may know, Walter & Rose Bronk, who head up St. Paul’s Kitchen, here in Lowell were received the Community Teamwork “Heroes” Award this Fall for their generosity and commitment in providing meals to those in need for a dozen years and were previously written about in post here at MVRN .
FEEDING THE HUNGRY: Rose and Walter Bronk volunteer at St. Paul’s Kitchen inside the Eliot Church in Lowell. SUN / TORY GERMANN
This past year, St. Paul’s Kitchen went from serving two meals weekly and three meals every other week; to serving meals Monday through Thursday every week of the month.
The City of Lowell’s Hunger Homeless Commission identified this need in our community, the need of many individuals and families who are housed that do not have adequate food resources and/or lack skills to cook or ill access to cooking facilities.
St. Paul’s Kitchen stepped forward, given the need identified and in coordination with the faith based communities, various community groups and corporate service groups, they expanded their capacity to serve.
The Bronk’s once again have been recognized, and this time as one the Lowell Sun’s 25 Fascinating Individuals for 2009
The Network wishes to recognize the Bronk’s once again for their commitment to the community of Lowell…Question is, how do we duplicate this across the region???
Congratulations Walter & Rose, you so richly deserve the recognition you’ve been given!
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AWARDS NEARLY $1.4 BILLION IN HOMELESS GRANTS
Record number of local programs to receive funding to keep operating
WASHINGTON – The Obama Administration today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is renewing grant funding needed to keep thousands of local homeless assistance programs operating. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said a total of nearly $1.4 billion will help an unprecedented 6,445 programs to continue offering critically needed housing and services to homeless persons and families.
The grants announced today are being awarded through HUD’s Continuum of Care programs. For the first time ever, HUD is quickly providing renewal grants to local programs to prevent any interruption in federal assistance and will announce funding to new projects in early 2010. For a local summary of the grants announced today, visit HUD’s website.
“As we move into the coldest time of the year, it’s critical that no program risk running out of money to keep their doors open,” said Donovan. “These grants will make certain that those programs on the front lines of helping the homeless have the resources they need to house and serve persons who might otherwise be forced to turn to the streets.” Continue reading
Here in Lowell and across the country, our interfaith communities have really provided the foundation to what is known today as Social Services. In days gone by and even today, faith communities come together to support their communities to ensure that their brothers and sisters in faith and in the community are well attended.
Walter Bronk from St. Paul’s Kitchen sent me this article, Churches Open Doors To Homeless, in Troy, NY and Brent Rourke from the SHIFT Coalition sent along some information about the Overnights of Hospitality program in Plymouth, as written about in this article on a Plymouth blog and more information on the Plymouth’s Thanksgiving Day & Events website.
I do know that this idea has been explored locally by some congregations and insurance issues happened to be the prevailing reason why this type of initiative could not be facilitated. Perhaps a field trip to Plymouth is warranted to see how the Overnights of Hospitality program was created and how we may be able to replicate it in our region?
If any of our partners across the region are aware of any similarly fashioned programs, please let us know..
In the Boston Herald, (on 12/19/09) there was an article entitled “After Two Deaths, City Aims to Help Homeless Stay Warm”.
This got me thinking about what we as a city did last year to raise funds to be able to provide “Winter Protocol” or emergency winter beds.
Prior to last year, Lowell Transitional Living Center had provided winter beds without reimbursement or funds to cover the costs of providing (beyond capacity) shelter to folks in our coldest months.
Last year, LTLC had initially opted against offering this service due to funding constraints. To us, as a community, this was simply unacceptable. Continue reading
Community Christmas Dinner ~ Lowell Area
Community Christian Fellowship 12/25/09 @ 11am to 2pm
105 Princeton Blvd.
Lowell, MA 01851
Pre- registration is preferred
Christ Church United in Dracut 12/25/09 @ 1 PM.
Call 978 459 2022 to reserve your space at the table.
Pathfinder Outreach Program 12/25/09 @ 12:00 noon
94 Rock St.
(homeless men and women)
St. Paul’s Kitchen 12/24/09 @ 5pm
(adults & children)
Lowell Transitional Living Center
12/25/09 (lunch) 11:45am to 1pm, (dinner) Supper 5:45p to 6:45pm
209 Middlesex St.
Lowell, MA 01852
This Week’s News from the ICHH Regional Networks and the Right Resources Bulletin Board
December 16, 2009
Innovation in the Spotlight:
Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance’s
Diversion and Rapid Re-Housing Model
Central Massachusetts Housing Alliances leads the state in its success in decreasing shelter usage and motel usage by families. In July 2009, 17 Worcester families in the EA system were staying in motels. As a result of CMHA initiatives, by November 19, 2009, there were no Worcester families in the EA system staying in motels anywhere in the state (data provided by DHCD). Worcester shelters currently have vacancies, due in part to CMHA’s push to achieve an average 90-day shelter stay. CMHA intends for family shelter to serve only as a temporary safety net, not a long-term solution to family homelessness. Between July 1, 2009 and December 1, 2009, CMHA diverted 32 families on the brink of entering shelter and helped 88 families leave shelter. The average cost of a subsidy to re-house a family is $6,000-$8,000 per year, much less than average costs of shelter or motels. Moreover, 97% of the families receiving shallow subsidies for one year from CMHA remain housed after one year. How has CMHA achieved these results? Read on. . . Continue reading
Best and Emerging Practices in Ending Homelessness:
Changing the Paradigm
One Family Inc, the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, The Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation and the ICHH invite you to join us for a forum highlighting best and emerging practices to end family and individual homelessness in Massachusetts.
When: Thursday January 28, 2010 9am-5pm
Where: The Hogan Center at the College of the Holy Cross 1 College Street, Worcester, MA 01610
Who: Members of the ICHH Regional Networks and HPRP Recipients. This event is targeted toward the entire community of practice: consumer representatives, front line practitioners, agency and program directors, public housing administrators, among other community leaders.
Cost: FREE! Continue reading
FREE ADULT H1N1 Flu Clinic (ages 18 and up)
Middlesex Community College Cafeteria
33 Kearney Square
DATE: Tuesday, December 22, 2009
TIME: 10AM to 2PM
No residency requirement
No pre-registration or appointment necessary
Parking in Lower Locks Garage will be validated upon leaving the flu clinic (bring your garage ticket with you for validation)
The Saints clinic December 19th from 9A to 12Noon is still going on as well, but the one for December 22 is new!
FREE Pedi and ADULT H1N1 Flu Clinic (ages 6 months and up)
Saints Medical Center
1 Hospital Drive
DATE: Saturday, December 19, 2009
TIME: 9AM to 12noon
No residency requirement
No pre-registration or appointment necessary
As you face the Main Entrance, enter the door to the right.