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2018 Annual Report

St. Paul’s Center | September 20, 2019

Our annual report is now available online! Take a look at all the great things we have accomplished over the past year including our programs and partnerships with community agencies. View our financials to better understand where your money goes when you choose to make a gift to St. Paul’s Center, and learn how your support changed lives and impacted local families in need.

How One Social Care Provider is Opening New Doors for Vulnerable Populations

Molly Blumgart | May 8, 2019

Hear our Housing Stability Advocate, Jason’s, unique perspective on the challenges he faces providing service referrals in this Unite Us blog post. His interview covers an issue faced by many human service agencies and highlights the ways Unite Us has worked to improve inter-agency communication to solve this problem.

Family Homelessness

Learn how families are impacted by homelessness in this short article from the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

St. Paul's Center Helps Homeless Moms and Children

Read about our important work in the Rensselaer County community with moms and children experiencing homelessness.

Falling Into Place: St. Paul's Center

Listen to Joe Donahue interview our Executive Director, Tracy Pitcher, about our mission, supportive services, and housing program.

Rensselaer County 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness

In 2006, a collaboration of individuals, businesses, and foundations developed this plan containing the background of homelessness in the county, goals and recommendations, methods for implementation, and a succinct work plan as a guide.

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What Living in Poverty Means in the Wake of COVID-19

What Living in Poverty Means in the Wake of COVID-19

With cases of COVID-19 continuing to rise and well over 120,000 confirmed cases in New York State alone, making up roughly half of all cases in the United States, public health officials continue to recommend social distancing in order to slow the spread of the virus. While older adults and individuals with underlying health conditions are at highest risk of experiencing...

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Black History Month | Remembering Dorothy Height

Black History Month | Remembering Dorothy Height

This February marks the 50th celebration of Black History Month in the United States, recognizing the important roles and vast achievements of African Americans throughout our history. This year, we recognize the momentous work of Dorothy Height, remembered by many as the Godmother of the Civil Rights Movement. Dorothy Height was born in Virginia...

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Winter Newsletter

Winter Newsletter

Letter from Executive Director Tracy Pitcher Happy new year, all! I truly hope that you're able to carve out a few minutes to read the featured stories. If you do, I know you'll consider your time well spent. But, before you dive in, I will share a quote that captures the underlying theme well: "There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about." -Meg Wheatley, writer...

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Volunteer Spotlight | Ginny O’Brien

Volunteer Spotlight | Ginny O’Brien

At St. Paul’s Center, our dedicated volunteers are the backbone of our organization; donating their precious, and often limited, free time to give back to our community in a meaningful way. We are truly grateful for the homework helpers, sheltered hearts sitters, cooking instructors, and board members who have made a commitment to our mission and the families we...

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Faces of Homelessness: Jeremiah’s Story

Faces of Homelessness: Jeremiah’s Story

When Jeremiah came to St. Paul’s Center with his mother and two younger siblings it was clear that he needed our help. Somber and withdrawn, our staff knew that at only seven years old, Jeremiah was struggling to cope with the trauma he’d experienced throughout his childhood. After years of manipulation, name-calling, and physical abuse, Jeremiah’s mother, Maria,...

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Make a Difference this November | Homeless Youth Awareness Month

Make a Difference this November | Homeless Youth Awareness Month

In 2007, November was first declared National Homeless Youth Awareness month. Since then, advocates take this time to spread awareness about the severity and long-term impacts of this widespread issue for youth and families. For many people, it’s difficult to imagine a child experiencing homelessness in the...

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Stories of Survival: Shana’s Story

Stories of Survival: Shana’s Story

My name is Shana W. Gourdine and I am a three year survivor of domestic violence and abuse. This story begins in August of 2011, when my children’s father first put his hands on me. At the time, I was six months pregnant with my second daughter and terrified for my own life as well as that of my unborn child. Seemingly out of nowhere I was thrown...

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Stories of Survival: Jamie’s Story

Stories of Survival: Jamie’s Story

When Jamie recalls her life just a few short years ago, she remembers being a young, impressionable woman who never thought she would find herself in the place that she did. After the man who had vowed to love her for better or for worse slowly began manipulating her trust, beating her down, and taking away her freedoms, Jamie was left feeling hopeless for her family’s...

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Highlighting Trauma’s Impact on Homelessness

Highlighting Trauma’s Impact on Homelessness

Homelessness is traumatic. Some people, particularly women, may have histories of trauma, including sexual, psychological, or physical abuse. Most families experiencing homelessness are headed by single women, most with a history of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and substance use at a rate higher than the national average. A study completed by the National...

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Stories of Survival: Shay’s Story

Stories of Survival: Shay’s Story

I was raised by strong women who worked hard and conditioned me to believe that failure was never an option, so I never thought I’d end up in the situation that I did. Despite all the red flags that began popping up throughout my marriage, I stayed. After all, he sold me on a dream of forever, filled with protection, honor and validation.  So, I chose to...

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Rensselaer County Resource Guide

There are a number of organizations dedicated to serving homeless and low-income individuals and families in our community. This guide is provided in case you know of a person in need.

Do you serve the homeless or a low-income community, but aren’t listed? Please email Meghan at [email protected] to be added to our resource guide.