Denise South - Newsletter
April Newsletter and Press statement
The National Alliance against Homelessness states, “After a 50-year war on poverty, the evidence is in: work, personal responsibility, and a healthy economy are fundamental to individual and family well-being and provide the best pathway out of poverty”. In other words, employment and affordable housing solutions are foremost the most important and fundamental task at hand, helping the heads of households find employment and climb the ladder to their own success.
It is the responsibility of our County and State leaders to provide a platform for an organization like Cape Hope and others working with those experiencing homelessness to once and for all curtail the devastating effects of homelessness.
We have poured countless hours of labor and thousands of dollars into restraining the issue but not addressing the problem and or providing a solution. What is the solution? Give people a place to live and a job to pay for it, along with services to help them address the underlying issues and obstacles leading to their homelessness, and the problem is solved.
Our program, the Cape Hope Project – Hope for tomorrow, Transition living program, will work given the opportunity and funds to get it off the ground. The Majority of people don’t want to be homeless. For some, it is a terrible and hopeless situation Looking into the eyes of homeless children, who had absolutely no part in creating their current situations are faced with a lifetime of consequences. Some will, by the grace of God and help from others recover and lead somewhat normal lives, while others will only fill the new jail being built just miles up the road from this meeting.
Cape May County the choice is yours -
Transitional housing works, look at the statistics of other counties offering the same hand up. You will find it works ALL the TIME, The dream of freedom and economic independence. Is the responsibility of all leaders to the American people whom they serve?
“There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we have the resources to get rid of it.” Dr. Martin Luther King, 1964 Nobel Peace award.
Love Like Jesus Would
How would I love you if I loved you like Jesus did?
This is a question we must dare to answer. Are we able to love that deep, that wide and with all our verve? This is what we are called to do. Matthew 22:38, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and strength and all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”
Not only in Matthew are we instructed to demonstrate this abundance of love, but also in Deuteronomy, Luke, and Mark, making it a statement worth repeating.
Jesus gave an example of how he loved people when He fed the 5,000, mostly Jews, and again when He feed the 4,000, mostly gentiles, proving He loved the whole world.
The work we do in our community does make a difference, and you can be a part of it too. Offering something as simple as a “cup of cold water” is significant in helping someone feel important and cared for.
Supportive housing is a crucial structure that creates a stable foundation upon which families can begin to rebuild their lives. It is not in any way a band-aid approach to solving Cape May County’s homeless problem.
Having a place to call home fosters responsivity and enthusiasm, rather than negativity and despondence. It requires those who agree to enter into this program to become active in the role of overcoming the obstacles and circumstances which caused their homelessness and to embrace the present opportunities and reach for the future.
We have learned that a one-size fits all approach doesn’t provide the level of assistance we strive for and is ineffective. The reasons our community members struggle with homelessness are as diverse as the community itself. Cape Hope strives to create programs which are tailor-made to fit the individual needs of the client, and which have the same goal in mind - sustainability. We surround the client/family with services such as education and employment services, addiction recovery, child-care and most importantly, housing. Having a place to live, but no job to pay rent means the place won’t be yours for very long. Similarly, before having a stable home life, mental and medical issues require immediate attention. We want to make sure that today’s third-graders don’t become victims of homelessness in 20 years, we want to see that they have what they need to be engaged and successful in their community.
This year, Cape Hope is honored to offer for the first time the “Hope for Tomorrow” scholarship in the amount of $250. This scholarship is awarded to a student who has struggled with homelessness yet continues to fight toward a bright tomorrow. We want to become a part of this student future successes and support their educational needs and dreams.
Supportive housing is a cornerstone program, which, although temporary, provides meaningful, compassionate, and effective programs to the clients, which in turn add to a healthy community.
Supportive housing, however, isn’t the only piece of the puzzle. Providing housing for people struggling with homelessness doesn’t magically resolve the situation, and it isn’t a permanent solution. When we take the long view of how best to help our clients, Cape Hope looks at the ways in which we help people both before and after they are placed in a program. Our goal is that our clients would not need us any more.
There are so many ways to get involved, and every act of compassion makes a difference in the lives of those within our community.
Please visit our website www. capehopecares.org. or call (609) 997-1794 to speak to a representative.