children arrive – aged 4 to 17 – every night when dinner is served.
Sisters, brothers, and cousins, they look after each other, are
well-behaved, and eat everything on their plates.
dinner program, two children cross a busy highway, at times carrying
the baby of the family, from the motel where they’re staying. Their
mom works late; their dad recently had surgery. Their plates are
clean by the end of the meal, and they never complain about the
arrives at the Day Drop-In Center carrying a bag of laundry and in need of a shower. Dedicated volunteers assist him to clean his laundry and provide a hot shower. He’s
underemployed at a temp job but hopeful of getting more hours and
being able to rent a small place of his own. He relies on the DDC to help connect him to services and referrals in the community so that he can get back on his feet.
A homebound, elderly
woman on the west side of the county pulls her chair up to the
window and waits for the delivery. She’s eligible for the Meals on
Wheels program, but there’s not enough money in the local program to
include her. She counts on the Soup Train meals to keep hunger at
bay. Founded by the Coalition, this program is now run by the Nassau County Council on Aging.
too often, we can’t “fix” the complicated situations that people
face, especially in these dire economic times, but the Coalition for
the Homeless works to help ensure that adults and children in need
have food, shelter when weather gets cold, and a place to go where
they feel welcomed.