Sunday, January 13, 2013

Joseph's House Reaches Out

Provided by Matt Vertefeuille, Outreach Advocate, Joseph’s House and Shelter.

Winter is finally here upon us on the opposite end of the Holiday Season.  While many of us have been with our families, unwrapping presents within the warmth of our homes, there are many people in this area who have been staying outside.  Joseph's House and Shelter’s Outreach Program provides services to people who are homeless in Troy and the greater Rensselaer County.  Through Joseph's House we provide outreach services through its three sites: the Shelter at 74 Ferry Street, the Lansing Inn and the Hill Street Inn. 

While providing services out of three different sites, Joseph's House and Shelter is working hard to better reach and serve the community and meet people on the streets of Troy.  Outreach workers have been walking or driving throughout Troy and interacting with those staying outside, whether it's in the street, at soup kitchens or at drop-in centers.  The outreach program has worked with around 70 individuals since July, the beginning of the current grant year.  The program continues to grow.  Services available through the program include personal care items, socks, undergarments, access to shelter, help applying for benefits or just a listening ear. While we are confident that most people in the Troy area are aware of Joseph's House, there are still people throughout Troy and the greater Rensselaer County area that may be in need and do not know what services are available to them. 

If you know of anyone who could benefit from such services, or if you know of an agency or organization that would like to speak with an outreach worker, please use the following contact information or give it to the concerned party:

Joseph's House and Shelter 
74 Ferry St, Troy NY 12180
(518) 272-2544
Ask for Matt or Joel or email Matt here.

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