Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine

Neighbor to Neighbor: Helping Soup Kitchen Help Others

Published in the New Haven Register Sunday, February 26, 2012, by Steve Higgins, Special to the Register

After her daughter died from leukemia, Pamela (not her real name) took in her two grandsons, ages 12 and 13. A widow in her 60s, Pamela is raising the two middle-school students on her own.

Before Pamela obtained help from the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program, the household diet consisted of nearly all carbohydrates, because that’s what she could afford. Breakfast was toast and peanut butter, lunch was ramen noodles and dinner featured pancakes most nights.

One Mom's Story: "I Don't Know What I Would Do" Without Food Assistance

By Cara Rosner

On a recent late-March morning, clients waiting for Jewish Family Service’s food pantry to open were particularly eager to stock up on staples. From the waiting area up front, many of them scanned the pantry, taking stock of what was on the shelves and strategizing where to head first once they were called.

While demand for the pantry is consistently high, it’s always the end of the month that brings an increased sense of urgency.

Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine Grants $274,000 to nonprofits helping those who need it most

Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine has awarded $274,000 to area nonprofits, giving them much-needed funding to help Greater New Haven households meet emergency food and shelter needs.

More than a dozen agencies, serving the New Haven area and Shoreline towns, received funding through the program. In all, $190,000 was disbursed for emergency housing programs and $84,000 was given out for emergency food programs.

Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine Gives $270,000 in Grants

Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine has awarded $270,000 in emergency food and shelter grants to area nonprofits, allowing them to meet the urgent needs of Greater New Haven individuals and families.

Despite some signs of economic recovery, the New Haven region continues to struggle, and many of our residents are still suffering from the after-effects of the recession.

The number of people we can help through N2N is incredible

 

By Cara Rosner

For a while, Tere McCormick felt trapped in a vicious cycle.

Just when he thought he would kick his heroin habit, he’d be wracked with feelings of worthlessness and start using again. He continually found himself going back to the drug that, by his own account, changed him into “a different person.” A particularly bad relapse after his 14-year-old son died in 2009 landed him in prison, and when he got out he wondered where he would turn.

Building a Better Safety Net: Andy Eder's drive to make things better. Really better.

By Joshua Mamis

Andy Eder inherited two things from his father and uncle. The first was the family business: Eder Brothers Inc., a West Haven-based wine and spirits distributorship.

The second: A deep commitment to philanthropy. It’s a commitment that Eder has honored, not just with dollars, but with personal investment of time and a passion for making a difference.

Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine Announces Grant Awards

Published in The New Haven Register on Thursday, March 29, 2012. By Register Staff

The Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine program will distribute about $500,000 in grants to area organizations that serve residents affected by the economic downturn, the United Way of Greater New Haven announced today.

The program was formed by the United Way and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven to help meet emergency housing and hunger needs in the region.

Neighbor to Neighbor: New alliance aims to aid Greater New Haven's homeless

Published in the New Haven Register on Sunday, March 18, 2012 by Steve Higgins, Special to the Register. Last winter, a dozen homeless men stayed overnight in social halls at local churches and synagogues for 15 weeks. The program, known as Abraham’s Tent, was started in 2009 to relieve overcrowding in area homeless shelters.

More than 1,000 volunteers make the program work at 14 congregations across the region. But when the 15-week period ends in mid-March, the question remains: Where will these homeless men go?

Building Bridges to New Lives in Greater New Haven

Published in the New Haven Register on Sunday, March 4, 2012 by Steve Higgins, Special to the Register. A family with five children depended on the mother for income because the father was out on disability, having contracted HIV from a blood transfusion. When the mother developed heart problems and underwent surgery, she lost her job and went on unemployment benefits.

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