A recent CNN report give tips on what you can do to help homeless people during the cold winter months. "The weather has turned dangerously cold in much of the country, putting homeless people at high risk of injury or even death. If you encounter someone and want to help, what should you do? The specific answer depends on the circumstances, but those who work with the homeless every day agree you generally should leave social services to the professionals.
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There was a time, a month or so ago, when I was actually looking forward to winter. I couldn’t wait to start wearing sweaters (and buy more), decorating, shopping and cooking for the holidays and watching the snow fall while sitting comfortably curled up in my favorite chair in front of the TV. The first snowfall was so exciting. I went outside and took pictures, then quickly went back in to take my place in front of the TV under a blanket. Ahh, that was a good day. Well, here we are. Its winter alright and boy is it cold outside. It seems like everywhere I go it is all everyone talks about; “How much longer is it supposed to be like this?”, “I need to go away on vacation to someplace warm”, “It was so cold this morning, I didn’t want to get out of bed”, etc. Sounds familiar, right?
While most of you can relate to this, there is something else we need to think about. Or should I say SOMEONE else? There are hundreds of people in our community who are not as fortunate. They don’t have the luxury of curling up on their favorite chair watching the snow. This is nothing you haven’t already heard.
But, did you know that on a single night in January 2008, there were 664,414 sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons nationwide?
This shouldn’t be a surprise to us; with the rising number of layoffs and increased numbers of foreclosures, our nation should be questioning just how many of our neighbors can’t make ends meet.
According to Ct Coalition to End Homelessness, in 2009 there were approximately 4,154 people who experienced homelessness in CT and 677 in New Haven alone.
In this 5 minute podcast Resource Development Associate, Jessica Teta talks about her work in fund-raising with companies.
In this 10 minute podcast Amy Casavina-Hall, Director of Community Impact at United Way talks about what she does in her postion and how United Way organizers work in the communty. She also talks about her career path and what motivates her to continue working the nonprofit sector.
This is a 14 minute interview with United Way of Greater New Haven CEO Jack Healy. In this interview we ask Jack to talk about what he does as CEO and to describe the career path he took to get to his current position.
This is the first of a podcast series we are calling the "Community Voices Podcast".
The Morris Wessel Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven is seeking nominations for its annual prize recognizing “unsung heroes” creatively and compassionately serving New Haven area families.
Established by patients, colleagues, and “fellow travelers” to honor the work of Dr. Morris Wessel upon his retirement from pediatric practice, the fund sponsors a recognition event for its recipients and provides an investment up to $2000 in groups and individuals nurturing the area’s families.
The Hartford Guardian reported on January 4th, 2010 that more Connecticut residents are turning to the state for help in meeting basic needs such as food, medical and financial support, pushing up the Department of Social Services (DSS) caseload by 18%.
Although individuals receiving multiple services are counted more than once, numbers still show a significant increase in need. DSS reports that "...over 295,600 Connecticut residents received federally-funded SNAP/Food Stamp benefits in November 2009, up 32% in one year and 58% in five years."