Friday, August 16, 2013

A Blessing on Wheels Hits the Road to End Homelessness

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Meet our brand-new van!

Ferework tries out the driver's seat!
This beautiful 2013 Dodge Van Caravan is a gift to Catholic Charities' Single Adult Transitional Shelter Services (SATSS) program from Poor Robert's Charities, which provides local nonprofits with grants to receive new vehicles to use in their ministries. 

For our SATSS programs, the new van is a necessity. The programs include our Dorothy Day Place for single adult women who are homeless; our Bethesda House for men who suffer from chronic mental illness; and our Chase Partnership House for men who are homeless and working to overcome substance abuse issues. 

Together the SATSS programs have a capacity for 71 clients, with the goal of giving each man and woman a stable, supportive place to live to help them address their barriers and ultimately become self-sufficient with a job, steady income, and permanent housing. 

The van will allow staff to transport clients' to medical appointments, job training classes and interviews, and other supportive services. In addition to taking over this role from its predecessor, the new van, with a capacity for six passengers plus a driver and ample trunk space, will make it much more efficient to move supplies between programs, accept donated items, and move residents on those happy days when clients successfully exit our transitional programs into more permanent housing.

Ferework Fuje, our Director of Maryland Housing Programs, and Zemichael Zelalem, Senior Program Manager for SATSS, accepted the new van today at Ourisman Chevrolet. More space, more seating, more opportunities for us to help our clients get back on their feet and overcome homelessness - a beautiful gift! Thank you, Poor Robert's Charities, for this wonderful blessing on wheels. Special thanks also to our friends Kate and Vince Burke and all others who support Poor Robert's Charities! 

Ferework and Zemichael were thrilled to accept the van. "This is a necessity for our clients," Ferework said.
We love the logo on the trunk!
Our housing staff love the huge trunk - great for transporting supplies, collecting donations, and help clients move out of transitional housing into more permanent places to live.
Thank you, Poor Robert's Charities and Vince & Kate Burke!