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484-324-8492  212 S. High St. West Chester, PA 19382  contact@actinfaithgwc.org

NEW RELATIONSHIPS...FILLING GAPS

For the last 18 months faith, social service, and community leaders have been gathering to discuss their experiences and trends they observe with regard to poverty in Chester County.  These gatherings have proven to create a new level of awareness across all sectors and help bring light to existing resources and gaps. 

The most recent meeting on Monday, June 13, 2016 has resulted in an exciting new partnership for ACT in Faith and the Chester Co. Adult Probation and Parole Re-entry Unit. Not everyone being released from prison has a family, home, or support system to go to. Being released into homelessness without things like a cell phone, clothing, transportation, or a photo IDs makes successful re-entry nearly impossible...and can easly result in re-imprisonment.

Effective immediately, a referral process has been established whereby those being released will be connected to ACT in Faith.  In addition, ACT in Faith, along with a variety of other faith communities and faith based organizations, will be working to create an on-going supply of backpacks for those being released into homelessness. Bakcpacks will contain items such as, shelter and resource information, nonperishable food, toiletries, and more.

"I am glad to announce that Act in Faith will be working with our Re-entry Unit. This will be a great collaboration with the community in helping individuals with services and resources.", Sharon Dickinson, Chester Co. Adult Probation and Parole with our Re-entry Unit

For more information on the quarterly Faith Leaders Gathering or the backpack project pleas contact Hallie Romanowski at 484-324-8492

Dear Diary

May 9 -  One in every 45 children in the US experiences homelessness each year. Thanks to our donors, a single mother and her 3 children avoided being part of that statistic. We helped mom pay the rent arrears and she has a great lead on a job. Things are looking up!

April 22 -  Busy week in our small but mighty Community Cupboard! 37 shoppers (which averages about 1 shopper every 15 minutes of our "open for business hours") came for personal care & household items, and food for their families. "Thank you" to all who make it possible for us to be there for our neighbors in need!

April 15 -  Had a visit from an old friend today. He first came to us in December 2012, unsheltered & unemployed. We've helped in numerous ways over the years...car repairs, resume/job search help, phone minutes, groceries....and friendship. He's taken many steps forward and many steps back. He told us that after 8 months of steady employment his "couch surfing" days are over...he has an apartment AND a 2nd job. Income and shelter...he is so grateful and so happy! We should all take a page out of his book.

Act in Faith