[Hpn] Pooling our fund -a- mental resources?
William Charles Tinker
Sun, 21 Jan 2001 13:08:51 -0500
If some one can come up with some solid funding help for this agency will
they forward information to Laura Bridges at Djabr@aol.com
25 Granite Street
Northfield,N.H 03276 USA
Advocate,activist for displaced,disabled,and parents human rights
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Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2001 11:36 AM
Subject: Re: I am sorry about that Laura!
I manage Loaves & Fishes, a regional food pantry & emergency assistance
agency in N. Central MA, on the former Ft. Devens. L&F serves residents of
Ayer, Harvard, Groton, Shirley, Littleton & Devens, and (short-term only,
anyone who is homeless or otherwise in crisis). Loaves & Fishes operates a
free-choice pantry, a voucher system at a local grocery store for residents
of the service area, emergency hot meals at a local restaurant, short-term
shelter at a local motel (generally limited to 3 days), offers free
toys & books for kids, offers some rent and utility assistance, some $ for
clients seeking to go back to school, camperships, crisis intervention
counseling through our Client Advocate, and whatever else we can cough up,
resources permit. We are an ecumenical mission chartered by two churches in
the town of Ayer -- St. Andrew's and the Federated.
I am looking for information about how to construct a solid
insecurity" documentation project, as there is presently no data being
collected for our region. Have contacted MA Coalition for the Homeless, and
MA Housing & Shelter Alliance, with poor results. They seem only to focus
their efforts on the large urban areas. I almost get the sense they feel
competitive about the limited resources in this state, and don't want to
up a piece of their political or financial pie. I hope I'm wrong. Without
data to back up what we are experiencing, we are limiting the resources we
can access to help those we serve. Data (backed up by advocacy) gives the
disenfranchised a voice that matters in terms of public policy.
Also, in our area are 2 shelters, both on Devens -- Sylvia's Haven, for
age 20+, with or without children, and a new shelter for male veterans will
be opening at the end of January. Lt. Gov. Jane (not so) Swift will be the
guest speaker at the opening ceremony.