Nazareth Housing May Newsletter

Nazareth HousingNews

Outreach, Prevention, & Supportive Housing
Louise’s Pantry Bronx Goes Digital

Louise’s Pantry at Park Avenue Thorpe will now use the Plentiful App to manage the distribution of food to the community. Clients use the app to reserve a spot in line, send staff information about changes to their family composition, or allow someone to join the line on their behalf for an emergency. Park Avenue Thorpe staff can use the app to monitor client intake/recertifications and pantry supplies. Plentiful generates monthly reports automatically, which will make reporting to FEED NY easier.

Client Story: Lauren

Lauren is a 43-year-old single woman who served in the Armed Forces. She was referred to Nazareth Housing for assistance with housing counseling and furniture in the fall of 2016.

Lauren spent several months as a street homeless individual struggling with re-entry into the community after experiencing warfare trauma. Lauren has had difficulty managing her finances due to a delay in receiving entitlement benefits, including her SNAP benefits. In September 2016, Lauren sought services at Nazareth Housing for many needs, including a Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) rent voucher. In November 2016, Lauren moved into a permanent Lower East Side apartment.

Since she moved into her permanent apartment, Nazareth Housing staff continues to provide Lauren with services. Lauren takes financial literacy workshops, visits Louise’s Pantry regularly, and is enrolled in the furniture donation program. She is also receiving ongoing support from HRA, VASH, and veterans benefits. The assistance being provided to Lauren will allow her to remain permanently housed.

Emergency Family Shelter
Summer Camp is Coming!

Thorpe House staff has helped six families apply to a summer arts camp, where kids are offered three sessions to enjoy swimming, hiking, and drama while in upstate New York. This opportunity is just one of many arts and creative outlets available to children at Nazareth Housing which include our Little Creatures Act Out Theater Camp and Art Expression workshops.

Twelve Students Had Perfect April School Attendance

Thanks to the efforts of Thorpe House staff, children at Thorpe House are attending school every day. In January, four students had perfect attendance, and after deploying new methods of rewarding attendance, check-ins, and parent communication, twelve out of 16 students had perfect attendance in April. The remaining four students had an attendance record of 85% or better.

Fifty Children Visit Bronx Zoo with St. Aloysius Church

The annual trip to the Bronx Zoo was a success, with over 50 children attending the all-day visit. Chaperoned by the St. Aloysius Youth Ministry, children from Park Avenue Thorpe and Thorpe House spent the entire day learning about exotic animals, respecting and appreciating public parks and the outdoors, and having a wonderful time!

Resiliency & Emergency Preparedness
Paint Donation Will Help Cool Roof at O’Toole Family Residence

In April, Gardner-Gibson donated 70 gallons of reflective rooftop paint for the purpose of converting the roof at O’Toole Family Residence to a “Cool Roof.” By definition, a Cool Roof is treated with a specialized coating material that has high solar reflectivity and high infrared emissivity. Both these properties will keep the building cooler in summer as well as lower cooling costs.

Nazareth Housing and LES Ready! at the Climate March

Nazareth Housing and our LESReady partners tabled at P.S. 140 the day before the Climate March to teach students how to fight climate change and share disaster preparedness information with parents.

Fundraising & Development
Two Fundraisers in Two Weeks!

Two fundraisers were held in the span of two weeks, as the Junior Board held their fundraiser at Glass Houses on April 24th, and the 3rd Annual New Canaan Benefit was held in New Canaan, CT on May 5th. In total, both events raised over $100,000 that will go towards helping our clients in both the Bronx and Lower East Side!