For the Love of Bags & Bling is only 2 months away – July 24th!

Last year’s proceeds went toward The Center’s future efforts to address family homelessness – reno of the family apartments.

The event last year was amazing. The combination of great purses and beautiful jewelry – at “oh my gosh” prices – passionate shoppers supporting a vital mission, and a convenient location brought in over $14,000 for our supportive housing program for homeless families that will open later this year.

This year’s event is July 24th at the Zaloga American Legion Post on Everett Rd in Albany and will have two new features. Here’s the first: VIP Shopping & Viewing from 4:30-5:30pm. With a VIP ticket ($20 pre-event, $25 at the door) you get the first peek at the many bargains we have to offer AND there will be special raffles offered only during the VIP hour.

As the event continues from 5:30-8:30pm, shop for individual items, purchase raffle tickets for bags, bling and other goodies, and bid on silent auction items that include that little something extra. Psychic readings, music, fun and networking will round out the evening.

General admission tickets are still only $10 pre-event or $15 at the door and they can be purchased at our secure website,

Now for the second new fun feature: From 7:30 pm to 8:00pm you will have a sneak peek of the items to be part of our Aug. 1st Facebook Sale. That’s right we are doing another Facebook sale and you can get a peek at the goods.

Our event page on Facebook ( will be worth a frequent “look see” as we provide frequent postings of items to be offered at the event.


Saying good-bye is so hard sometimes. Finding the balance using gratitude makes it easier.

Five months ago, a mother came to us with little ability to care for herself let alone with the knowledge necessary to care for her 3-month old daughter. Shay, our client advocate, and our two interns went to work spending time with mom on the basics of caring for the baby and of caring for herself.

Connections were made through CDPHP for care management for mom and with Community Maternity Services for the baby. CEO came through with Early Head Start and Alpha Pregnancy provided parenting classes. Volunteers spent time with the baby so mom had time to tend to appointments, apartment viewings and job interviews.

Mom and her beautiful daughter have a bright future a head of them because so many stepped up when help was needed. Mom is enrolled for summer classes to take her high school equivalency exam and they were just approved to enter Catholic Charities supportive housing.

Mom worked hard to get to a better place. The baby’s dimples, laughter, and love of Sam the dog, really got to me. None of us want to express our sadness about saying good-bye to them so instead we share our gratitude for the community who wrapped their arms around this family at a time of need – a community that does this time and time again.

This is why The Center is here, plain and simple.


The generosity of others made Mother’s Day special in many ways.

We wish to thank the many caring souls who made Mother’s Day weekend a memorable one for the families and especially the moms. Breakfast prepared by Kevin, Cindy, Jim and Robin and another prepared by GCAR was an absolute delight. Greenbush Reformed Church, Emmanuel Reformed Church in Castleton, Blooming Grove Reformed Church and the First Reformed Church of Wynantskill along with Edward Jones Investments donated items for the families’ new homes.

Please know that cash donations are vital to our operation and I never would discourage those. After all, we need to pay the bills. But gifts like these – the donation of time to prepare a meal, to spend a couple hours playing with the kids, donating sheets, towels and kitchen items – hold a very different meaning to the families staying at The Center. For a mom to be remembered on Mother’s Day by people she doesn’t know sends a very powerful message: “I’m worth something. People care about me and my kids. Strangers want better for my family.”

The Center is very lucky to have so many angels looking out for us and the families who walk through our doors. If I could hug you all, I would!


A response to the huge cuts in HUD housing aid and the inaccurate rationale behind them.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition’s President and CEO Diane Yentel published
an op-ed today in the Washington Examiner that sets the record straight about HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s proposals to cut housing benefits, and his ever-changing rationale for them.

If you’ve not heard of these proposals, I encourage you to take a moment to read this piece. The impression that families become dependent on this aid is false according to HUD’s own data. Typical families who receive rental assistance leave the program after six years. Families with children stay in the housing program only about four years.

This article captures well the financial impact such policies and budget cuts will have on our most vulnerable families, seniors and persons with disabilities. Please take a moment:


St. Paul’s Center Introduces a Life-Changing Program – We are under renovation NOW!

The apartment building is changing every day as renovations continue. Keep track of all that’s happening by visiting the “Keep Tabs on the Building” page.

A HUGE “Thanks!” to the donors of this project which include Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, the B’nai B’rith Gideon Foundation, John D. Picotte Family Foundation, BFF FUND, Review Family Foundation, Greater Capital Area Realtors, Robert & Naomi Ingalls, SEFCU, TJX Foundation (Home Goods in N. Greenbush), Kerry Crew Charitable Fund, Pat Wilcox, Linda & Gordon Mappes, J. Quinlan, and Tracy Pitcher.

Won’t you consider joining us by making a donation to the PSH fund? Send a message to those who struggle with stable housing that you too care about their future by donating today.



 St. Paul’s Center is a community that strives to awaken hope and rekindle dignity in families who seek comfort, support and assistance in moving from homelessness to a sustainable future. 


 St. Paul’s Center is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization. It is non-sectarian and offers services to women and their children regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Upon request, a copy of the latest annual report can be obtained from St. Paul’s Center (PO Box 589, Rensselaer, NY 12144) or from the Office of the Attorney General, by writing the Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.


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