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.
Executive Director's Report The Financial Reality for Families Across America It’s easy to dismiss the challenges that face families experiencing homelessness by assuming it won’t ever happen to you or your family; however, new reports show that not only is it...
After years of hard work, sweat, and a few tears, renovations are finally coming to a close on our new Lee Dyer Family Apartments. The first of two buildings located in downtown Rensselaer will provide permanent supportive housing to four families with a history of...
When Carley comes in for her volunteer shift each week, it's exciting to see how much the kids' faces light up - especially because Carley's arrival means its homework time at the Center. As a Homework Helper, Carley provides the one-on-one attention many homeless...