Two Saints Thousands of Plates – Community Feeding Program

Yet another great article in today’s Lowell Sun profiling Rose & Walter Bronk for their efforts in having built and sustained St. Paul’s Kitchen over the past 14 years. They do this without pay and rely completely on the generosity of their volunteer groups. Their service has grown to serve well over a thousand meals each’s the hitch..they only serve meals 2 or 3 days per week. The City of Lowell’s Hunger Homeless Commission has been raising funds that will benefit St. Paul’s so that they may expand their service. Hopefully with this article, folks will be be able to commit resources to expand service capacity.

If you have a group or you and your family would like to commit to one night a month to preparation and serving a meal, there is contact information in the article or you can just email me at and will be more than happy to get you to the right people.



Budget Brief: The Governor’s Plan to Close the FY 2010 Budget Gap 

 Thursday, October 29, 2009

 Governor Patrick today announced his plan to close the $600 million gap caused by declining tax revenue and bring the FY 2010 budget back into balance. The plan relies primarily on budget cuts across state government, but also includes some additional revenues, including the use of federal stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and a small surplus of funds that remained unspent at the end of FY 2009. Altogether, the Governor calls for $352 million in cuts. This includes $277 million in savings from 9C cuts to executive agencies, as well as reductions in debt service, Quinn Bill funding and state employee costs, and a request for permission from the Legislature to make another $75 million in cuts in areas of government where the Governor does not have unilateral authority to make cuts (such as in the courts or to other constitutional offices). Among the largest cuts are a $15.8 million cut to Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children that will be achieved by changing eligibility rules, $18 million from the funding for transportation of students in regional school districts, $11.6 million in funding for child care, and $7.1 million in funding in the Department of Mental Health. Other major cuts are described below, and a complete list is available at this link. In addition to spending cuts, the Governor’s plan relies on approximately $166 million in temporary revenues. This includes $60 million from the FY 2009 surplus, $20 million from a new tax amnesty program, and $24 million from the development of surplus land and from a surplus in the Smart Growth Housing Trust Fund. Finally, the plan relies on $82 million in enhanced departmental revenues.

SAMHSA’s Homelessness Resource Center (HRC) Announces New Research on Homelessness and Parenting

Date: 10/23/2009
Media Contact: SAMHSA Bulletin

SAMHSA’s Homelessness Resource Center (HRC) Announces New Research on Homelessness and Parenting

SAMHSA’s Homelessness Resource Center is announcing the release of a Special Section of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry focused on homelessness and parenting.  The Special Section, guest edited by the Homelessness Resource Center, includes the latest research on parenting in the context of homelessness.

Family homelessness in the United States increased by 9% in 2008, according to a recent report by HUD. The increase in numbers of families that are homeless highlights the urgent need for research to inform policy and programs that best support parents and children who are coping with homelessness.

The Homelessness Resource Center is sponsoring free open access to the electronic full-text of articles in the Special Section—FREE-Access-to-Full-Articles-403.aspx. To request a free hard copy of the entire issue, contact:

The Special Section fills a significant gap in research on the challenges of family relationships in the context of homelessness. The articles include policy, practice, and research recommendations to support parents as they stabilize their lives, care for their children, and move out of homelessness .

The seven research articles in the Special Section cover topics including: the importance of social supports and non-traditional family networks for parents; recommended interventions for strengthening the parent-child bond; parent-adolescent violence and risks for behavioral health problems; foster care; family functioning; and supports for parents of adult children who are homeless.

In addition, two commentary articles provide perspectives about parenting. Gladys Fonfield-Ayinla, a formerly homeless mother, and Betty Schulz, an outreach nurse working with families in Baltimore’s urban homeless shelters discuss their experiences.

Research highlights from the Special Section include:

  • Determining that providing supports to improve parenting practices can help improve resiliency and emotional and behavioral health among children who are homeless.
  • Recognizing the important role of non-traditional family networks among families that are homeless.
  • Showing the filial therapy, an evidence-based mental health intervention can empower parents and offer safety and structure to children experiencing homelessness.
  • Identifying physical violence between parents and adolescents as a risk factor for later behavioral health problems among youth who become homeless.
  • Noting the importance of supporting parents who have children connected to the foster care system as a means of avoiding future generations of homelessness.
  • Revealing the additional, more severe impacts the adverse effects of homelessness can have on families dealing with other family risk factors.
  • Highlighting the higher stress levels experienced by parents attempting to support homeless adult children.

Funded by SAMHSA, the Homelessness Resource Center is dedicated to improving the daily lives of people who are homeless and who have mental illness, substance use problems, co-occurring disorders, or trauma histories. HRC is funded by SAMHSA’s Homeless Programs Branch, within the Center for Mental Health Services’ Division of Services and Systems Improvement. HRC’s work includes on-site and virtual training, technical assistance, knowledge products, and an interactive 2.0 website targeted to direct service providers.

Entry into the HRC community can be accessed by visiting and clicking on “Register.” Registered members can rate and comment on resources, network with other provider and consumer members, and receive regular e-mail updates from the HRC.

The American Journal of Orthopsychiatry is a publication of the American Psychological Association and is dedicated to informing public policy and professional practice, and to expanding knowledge related to mental health and human development from a multidisciplinary and interprofessional perspective. Visit:


Lowell Sun’s Third Article in Homeless Series..Plight of homeless: One paycheck isn’t enough

In the 10/25/09 edition of the Lowell Sun, reporter Rita Savard has written another outstanding article with regard to family homelessness. Kudos to the Lowell Sun for continuing to bring this discussion out into the open.

The money rattling around in Jasmine’s pocket is all she had left from her last paycheck. She’s lucky to pull out a couple of quarters. Usually it’s pennies and lint.Friday is payday, but the paycheck only reminds her of how little she earns. “I work full-time hours for part-time pay,” said the mother of two. “But right now, I’m thankful that I have a job.”

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Jasmine cleans houses. She earns less than $300 a week.

With a 2-year-old boy, and 4-year-old daughter to support, she’s hard-pressed to afford a place on her own.

Jasmine is among the 16 families temporarily living in Transitions at Devens, one of the many shelters in Massachusetts housing the state’s 3,000 homeless families.

Since she lost her job of eight years last October, Jasmine’s family has moved through three shelters, including a motel.


Housing/Economic Advocate Position Available at Jeanine Geiger Crisis Center


The Jeanine Geiger Crisis Center is currently seeking applicants for a Housing/Economic Advocate

I           Job Purpose:

 The Housing/Economic Advocate is responsible to perform intakes for clients accessing short term and transitional housing services, coordinate the major program components for self-sufficiency program participants, ensure effective delivery of program components and support services, and develop and maintain good working relationships with other service providers in the local area. Continue reading

This Weeks Right Resources Bulletin

This Week’s News from the ICHH Regional Networks and the Right Resources Bulletin Board
October 26, 2009

Innovator in The Spotlight:

Barbara Poppe

After fourteen years serving as Executive Director of the Community Shelter Board in Ohio and over twenty years experience in the nonprofit sector with homeless and housing-related organizations, Barbara Poppe has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH). The announcement, which took place at the Obama Administration’s second full meeting of the USICH, was greeted with broad support by Council members. The Community Shelter Board in partnership with the YWCA of Columbus recently conducted a Family Triage Webinar on behalf of One Family, Inc for the MA ICHH Regional Networks.

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Poppe Named New USICH Executive Director

Thanks to Emily Cohen of One Family for passing this onto us…

Poppe Named New USICH Executive Director

Yesterday, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) announced that Barbara Poppe would serve as the new Executive Director. Ms. Poppe has served as the Executive Director of the Community Shelter Board (CSB) in Columbus, OH since 1995. She has been a key driver of Columbus’ efforts to achieve its community-wide prevention and homeless services goals. She has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of housing and homelessness. Ms. Poppe has been a leader in both the Columbus area and across the nation on efforts to prevent and end homelessness. Under her leadership, CSB received the 2002 Nonprofit Sector Achievement Award at the Alliance’s annual Awards Ceremony, as well as the 2004 Buddy Gray Award for homeless activism from the National Coalition for the Homeless. She currently serves on the Alliance’s Board of Directors. Continue reading