January 13, 2020
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 and consultant
We are thankful for our caring community’s support, which comes in many forms. Without that we are destined to see homelessness and poverty continue through the generations.
I hope 2020 is a year that fills you with joy and contentment.
Homelessness in ChildhoodOn a single night in the U.S. in 2018, more than 100,000 children were estimated to be homeless. On a cold January 2019 night in the three counties making up the Capital Region, there were 229 homeless children in families and another 45 who were unaccompanied. But that’s not the whole picture.Read more…
Faces of Homelessness | Camilla’s Story
Pregnant and homeless, Camilla learned just how difficult it can be to get back on your feet and leave shelter. With a housing budget of only $388 per month and no way to pay a security deposit, leaving shelter can be much harder than many people realize.
Volunteer Spotlight | Makaila Maier
At only 17 years old, Makaila has already given so much to the families we serve at St. Paul’s Center. Join us in recognizing Makaila’s service and commitment to giving back to the community she grew up in, so that one day all children can grow up in an environment that supports them.
St. Paul’s Center Goes Green!
After making the choice to embrace clean, sustainable energy systems, we installed solar panels on our new Lee Dyer Family Aparments Building. Learn why making the decision to go green will help the low-income families we serve as well as the planet.
With the effects of the pandemic hitting persons experiencing homelessness particularly hard, our support services have become more important than ever. Nonetheless, we’ve had to get creative and pivot many of our volunteer programs to the virtual space to ensure the...
With the launch of our new Lee Dyer Family Apartments Program, we’ve brought Davida Cancer on staff to provide support and case management services to all participating parents and youth. In her new role, Davida has quickly learned just how important these services...
Throughout my time serving as Board President, it has become my personal mission to advocate for families experiencing homelessness across Rensselaer County; however, this was not always the case. It was only when I became involved with St. Paul’s Center that I...