Homeward is holding informational sessions for the general public interested in addressing homelessness in the community. Two sessions will be held in March, that will target those wanting to start programs to serve the homeless. Please see the information below to find out how to sign-up for these sessions. Registration is limited and attendees should only register for one session.
The Informational sessions will be held on Thursday, March 10 at 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m.
at The United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg Office, 2001 Maywill St. Richmond, VA 23230
These sessions are designed to inform those wanting to provide housing services to those experiencing homelessness in the Richmond area. The sessions will provide a brief overview of homeless services, ways to get involved, and the next steps for becoming a service provider. This is designed for those interested in starting a shelter or a transitional housing program. The session will last 90 minutes and will be offered on March 10th and will be repeated on March 17th. Please only register for one session.
All sessions will take place at the United Way of Greater Richmond located at 2001 Maywill Street. Directions are available online at The United Way
Homeward, today released initial findings from its 13th Winter Point-in-Time Count. The twice-yearly census provides a snapshot of the number of people experiencing homelessness on a single day. Preliminary results reveal 1,102 people in the region experiencing homelessness on January 27, 2011. This number reflects a 9% increase in the number of people overall experiencing homelessness from January 2010 to January 2011. More than half of the total increase can be attributed to individuals residing in substance abuse and recovery programs. The number of homeless children has increased by over 21% since 2010.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Memorial Garden
17 names were recognized at the memorial service on December 21, 2010
Candles were lit to recognize those who had passed while homeless.
Today, the first day of winter, people in the Richmond region will come together to commemorate Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. On this, the longest night of the year, we will stand together in reflection to remember the 17 people in our region who died while homeless in 2010. Some of these 17 individuals, who are listed below, were in the midst of a housing crisis. Others were on a path to stability when they passed. Some were victims of violence; others had been ill for some time. We know that illness can both lead to homelessness and result from homelessness.
As any new parent knows, the first year of your baby’s life is filled with many magical firsts. The first moment you hold your baby. The first night at home. The first time your baby rolls over. You soon learn that along with these amazingly beautiful first moments come some dramatic firsts as well. The first time your baby gets vaccinated. The first week you see the sun rise every single morning because you are up feeding your little one. And, the first morning you have to leave your house with your newborn. Simply put, being a new parent is like running a marathon with no end in sight.