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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.
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.
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...
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,...
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 Somber and withdrawn, our staff knew that at only seven years old, Jeremiah was struggling to cope with the trauma he’d experienced throughout his childhood.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, knew she had to protect herself and her children....
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 United States. Yet, over 1.6 million...
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 against the kitchen...
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...
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...
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...
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.