Keys to Ending Homeless Conference ~ Seniors ~ Guest Speakers Include Steve Grossman & Aaron Gornstein

Keys to Ending Homelessness Conference Series

Conference 8: Seniors

Friday, April 12, 2013

City of Lowell

University of Massachusetts Inn & Conference Center

50 Warren Street, Lowell, MA

Keynote Speaker

Steven Grossman

Treasurer and Receiver General

Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Aaron Gornstein


Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development

For registration information, contact Linda King @ 978.674-4252 x 1428

Day 3 – $5 Gift Cards for Medication Co-Pays, Toiletries, Food & Coffee – Small Give = BIG Impact

gift cardHere is a small give that packs a Big Impact.

As mentioned in previous posts, no give is too small, even a $5 dollar gift card.

While $5 may not seem like a lot, here are some gift card ideas that have a terrific impact:

  1. CVS/Rite Aid/Walgreens for prescription co-pays/OTC medicine – chronic illness & mental issues are often intertwined within our homeless population. The ability to secure the appropriately prescribed medication to treat an illness is a great prevention tool for our homeless men and women. Once again, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Continue reading

The Bag Lady Generation – The New Face of Homelessness – Revisited

This post was originally posted on 10/10/10 here on the Merrimack Valley Homeless Network blog.  This past week, at the Lowell Continuum of Care meeting, the topic of women in their mid-to-late 50’s and the fact that they are an increasing statistic in our shelters, came up. With that, I felt it important to bring this article forward once again as we consider policy and funding directives for our homeless population.


I found this blog post at a couple of weeks back and found it fascinating and had meant to post it then, but am doing so now, following a discussion I had with my mother and aunt this morning about the women of their generation; the stay-at-home Mom vs. the bust- through- the- glass ceiling – career woman with children. Continue reading

Senior Community Service Employment Program – Employment Opportunities for 55+

National Senior Network Accepting New Referrals!

Are you 55 or older and looking for a job?


The Senior Community Service Employment Program run by the

National Senior Network can provide you with:

  • Paid on-the-job training opportunities ($8.00 per

hour /prevailing minimum wage) in your community

that will help you update your skills Continue reading