Families & Youth in Transition Hold Training Workshops for Families Struggling with Issues of Homelessness AND Food Drives for the Holidays.
The new Thanksgiving Committee, who will help The Welcome Center assemble gift baskets for families in need this Thanksgiving, pose with Rhiannon Hendricks, Coordinator of Families and Youth in Transition (3rd from left) and Judith Fagan (r) the Family Advocate for the Welcome Center.
On October 16th, Families & Youth in Transition, a department of the HPS Welcome Center– that helps families in residential transition cope with issues of homelessness– held their first training workshop at the downtown branch of the Hartford Public Library.
Families received training to promote understanding their rights as homeless parents concerning issues of education in the State of Connecticut. Attorney Stacey Violante-Cote, director of the Teen Legal Advocacy Clinic at The Center for Children’s Advo-
cacy in Hartford, gave the first presentation and answered questions for the attendees. Breakfast was served and the second session began, taught by Laetitia Marulanda, the Director of Programming for the Hispanic Health Council.
The families who attended have volunteered to become the Welcome Center’s Thanksgiving Committee. They will assist in the assembly of 60 gift baskets to help Hartford families living in four of Hartford’s shelters this Thanksgiving.
The Welcome Center is asking the employees of Hartford Public Schools in central office for donations of non-perishable food items for the 60 baskets.
Below is a list of some non perishable items that would be good for our families. There is also a need for Pampers and baby formula as some of our parents do have younger children that are not yet school age but still need assistance.
After meeting with the shelter case managers it was determined that it would be better to prepare baskets of non perishable food items for our displaced families. These would be items that the families can microwave but also store in lockers because in their current locations they don’t have access to a refrigerator to store perishable items.
Some of the items requested by the shelters are:
· Peanut butter
· Whole wheat crackers
· Nuts and trail mixes
· Hot and cold cereals
· Granola and power bars
· Dried fruits
· Canned meats such as tuna, salmon, chicken or turkey
· Can veggies, such as green beans, carrots and peas
· Canned soups or chill’s
· Bottled water and juice
· Powdered milk
Deliveries will take place on November 25th. Currently we are servicing 4 shelters with a combined total of 20 families. We also have 41 families that either living in a double up, motel or transitional housing. Collection boxes will be available at HPS Central Office on the 8th floor, on the 9th floor, and in the Welcome Center by Friday, 11/15. Thank you in advance for your generous donations.
Also, The Welcome Center is asking HPS department who can to “Adopt-a-Shelter” this Thanksgovong, which means to commit to bring hot food to one of the four participating shelters on Thursday, November 28th, Thanksgiving Day.
Heads-up for December! At the Staff Holiday Party we will be once again collecting children’s books under the tree, as well as event and admissions tickets to anything in Hartford that is child-friendly and within walking distance of our shelters. If you can donate or want to suggest an organization that may, please contact Marta Bentham @ (860)695-5855.