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FW: Stand Down Correspondence

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in News | 0 comments

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From: Munnerlyn, Deidra R. CAVHCS <Deidra.Munnerlyn@va.gov>
Date: Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 4:15 PM
Subject: FW: Stand Down Correspondence
To:
Cc: 

We are in full swing with planning for our annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down Event and are trying to get the word out to as many of our community partners as possible.  Please see the attached fly and other documents for more information.  We are looking for as many vendors as possible to take this opportunity to come out and promote your agency/programs.  The registration form is attached in this email, so we are looking forward to hearing back from each of you regarding participation.   Please feel free to let us know if you have any question/comments.  Thanks for all you do in supporting our mutual clients. 

 

 

 

Deidra R. Munnerlyn, LICSW

HUD-VASH Social Worker

Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare System

2400 Hospital Road

Tuskegee, Al. 36083

334-235-5868 (mobile)

334-724-6764 (fax)

Deidra.Munnerlyn@va.gov    

 

From: Sabree, Mikal CAVHCS
Sent: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 1:51 PM
To: VHACAV Social Work Homeless Program
Subject: Stand Down Correspondence

 

Please see attachments for the 2017 Stand Down Flyer, Community Partner Letter and Donation Request.

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Forwarded by:
Elizabeth Dillard
Homeless Resource Network
2221 Second Avenue
PO BOX 811 
Columbus GA 31902
706-571-3399
Fax- 706.571-0707

pdf icon Stand-Down-Community-Partner-Letter-pdf.pdf
pdf icon Stand-Down-Donation-Letter.pdf
pdf icon 2017-Stand-Down-Flyer.pdf

WellCare Block Party/Back to School event-Muscogee County

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in News | 0 comments

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From: Howard, LaTorey <LaTorey.Howard@wellcare.com>
Date: Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 9:14 AM
Subject: WellCare Block Party/Back to School event-Muscogee County
To:

 

Good morning,

Please see the information below from my co-worker Marcel.  Please spread the word.  Have a great day!

 

WellCare Health Plan is hosting Block parties/Back to School events at

 

Housing Authority ( Wilson Apartment Homes July 7th from 11am-1pm,

 

Elizabeth Canty Homes-July 7th 3pm-5pm,

 

Chase Homes July 8th 11am-2pm).

 

Please share…………

 

Marcel Ndubisi

Sr. Community Relations Specialist

33 West 11th Street

1st Floor, Suite 101

Columbus, GA 31901

Phone: 706-324-0824 ext.6528

Cell: 706-566-4457

Fax: 706-324-4493

Marcel.Ndubisi@WellCare.com

 

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your email address.

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Forwarded by:
Elizabeth Dillard
Homeless Resource Network
2221 Second Avenue
PO BOX 811 
Columbus GA 31902
706-571-3399
Fax- 706.571-0707

pdf icon Flyer-for-Block-Party-and-Back-to-School-event-at-Housing-Authority-Muscogee-County.pdf

Distribute Flyer- Diabetes Prevention Program

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in News | 0 comments

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From: Nancy Williams <Nancy.Williams@columbusregional.com>
Date: Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 8:38 AM
Subject: RE: Distribute Flyer- Diabetes Prevention Program
To: 

Please distribute the attached flyer

Thanks Nancy

 

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is an evidence based program designed to reduce the growing problem of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

 

A key component in the National DPP is its lifestyle changing program. This program, delivered by a Lifestyle Coach, prevents or delays type 2 diabetes, while teaching participants to make lasting changes to their lifestyle, such as eating healthier, adding physical activity into their daily life, reducing daily stress and improving their coping skills.

 

Please notify your family and friends there will be a second Session 0: (see attached)

July 18 (11:30a-12:30p)

Midtown Medical Conference Center

 

Please note: You must have a current A1C reading prior to program entry.

 

Melonese D. Close

Population Health Coordinator

Community Outreach

Columbus Regional Health

710 Center Street

Columbus, Georgia 31901-0951

Office: (706) 494- 4036

Fax: (706) 660-2839

www.columbusregional.com

 

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Nancy F. Williams, MBA, CAVS

Director, Volunteer Services and Community Outreach

Columbus Regional Health

710 Center Street

Columbus, GA 31901-0951

Phone:  706-571-1482

Fax:  706-660-2839

www.columbusregional.com

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Forwarded by:
Elizabeth Dillard
Homeless Resource Network
2221 Second Avenue
PO BOX 811 
Columbus GA 31902
706-571-3399
Fax- 706.571-0707

www.HomelessResourceNetwork.org

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Baby Clothes give away in Columbus

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in News | 0 comments

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From: Kelly Tolman <kelly@senecacfl.org>
Date: Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 11:21 AM
Subject: Baby Clothes give away in Columbus
To: liz@homelessresourcenetwork.org

Liz,

Your information was shared with me by Holy Family’s Outreach coordinator GG. I am working to get the word out about an upcoming giveaway we are having at Seneca, Choices for Life a pregnancy resource center in Columbus.

Saturday, June 24th from 9:00 – 11:30 we are giving away baby clothes, baby food, maternity clothes, baby supplies, etc. for free. I have attached a brochure, if you could share the word that would be great. Thank you!

Kelly Tolman
Executive Director
Seneca, Choices for Life
706-992-6700

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Forwarded by:

Elizabeth Dillard
Homeless Resource Network
2221 Second Avenue
PO BOX 811 
Columbus GA 31902

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June Network meeting notes

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in News | 0 comments

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From: Crccenter <crccenter@aol.com>
Date: Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 12:01 PM
Subject: Re: June Network meeting notes
To: liz@homelessresourcenetwork.org

Hey, Liz!

I am so sorry I forgot to bring this up in the Network meeting last week, but the SASC will be participating in the Domestic Violence Roundtable of Columbus' monthly Lunch and Learn on July 12th.  Admission is free (unless you are ordering lunch), and it will begin at 12 P.M.
I'll attach a flyer for you, and if you have any questions please let me know!
Thanks,
Karin H. Tyson, MPA
Victim Advocate
Sexual Assault Support Center, Inc.
2027 6th Avenue, Suite C
Columbus, Georgia 31904
706.221.1033 (phone)
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Forwarded by:
Elizabeth Dillard
Homeless Resource Network
2221 Second Avenue
PO BOX 811 
Columbus GA 31902
706-571-3399
Fax- 706.571-0707

pdf icon More-than-you-know-2.pdf
pdf icon 2017-07-12-lunch-and-learn-flyer.pdf

June Network meeting notes

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Thursday, June 15, 2017 NETWORK Meeting Notes:


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Street Beats are available today and are pink through the end of July.

St Anne’s Financial Assistance Programs:  Rental Clinic and Utility Clinic (please see attached for criteria and how to enroll).  Clients must be at least one month behind.  Client cannot have received financial assistance within the past year from St. Anne. Please see attached flyer for full description.

211 Starting July 1 you can text 898211 for assistance.  You will text need and zip code to access 211 via text.

Georgia Dream Hardest Hit Fund Down Payment Assistance Program the program was previously for mortgage assistance but has changed to down payment assistance for the areas that were hit hard by the housing crisis.  Muscogee County is one of the counties included in this first time homebuyers program.  The household income cannot exceed $59,500 if one or 2 persons and cannot exceed $68,500 for 3 or more persons and the purchase price of the home cannot exceed $200,000. See attached for more information. 

Enrichment Services Program has two new training scholarship programs Commercial Driving License (CDL) training and Facilities Maintenance training.  Call 706-649-1600 Ext 4027 or Ext 4028 for more information. They are continuing the training scholarship program for Nurse Aide.  Call 706-596-0504 for more information about the Nurse Aide program. 

South Atlantic Center for Veterans Education and Training is sponsoring a Military Discharge Upgrade Workshop in August. Please contact Mdupwrkshop@outlook.com NOW for more information on how to prepare your supporting evidence package.

Prison Reentry Stand Down 2017: July 28, 2017 from 9am-2pm. Point of contact for this event is counselor Jeffery Farmer, Rutledge State Correctional Facility. Please send email of interest to his email address:Jeffery.Farmer@gdc.ga.gov


PROGRAM: 

Georgia Department of Community Supervision     

1334 Second Avenue  

Columbus GA 31901

Melanie Conner, Community Coordinator

Mobile phone: 478-960-5332

 

Ms. Melanie Conner described her work as going out to the community and identifying resources for those coming out of prison and going into prisons to find out the needs and then link people with the needed services when released. She asked those present, “What do probation/parole officers do?” Then she concisely summarized that officers work alongside individuals to find out what the individual needs and link them to services. Ms. Conner stated that people are assigned many names; x-con, offender, returning citizens, but whatever name they are people.  They are our brothers and sisters and fellow citizens. She introduced her colleagues and encouraged people to ask questions.

 

Assistant Chief Rutledge explained that the Department of Community Supervision was formed by the Governor a few years ago and combined offices of parole and probation to make the Department of Community Supervision. The goal is to create a seamless transition for Georgia Department of Corrections/prison to probation/parole to tax paying citizens.  The Department of Community Supervision, DCS, focuses on Reentry Housing and Employment and Education. If there is one person that does not go back/reoffend then the program is a success.

 

Assistant Chief Jones described the duties of the Community Supervision and answered questions.  If they send someone back to jail they use progressive sanctions.  When they come to DCS they try to provide resources; places for employment, housing if applicable, and guidance to follow court orders. They provide guidance to help them understand what they can and cannot do.  They work closely with the housing coordinator.  The job of an officer is to help them become productive citizens.  If they can they will ask judge to waive the fees if person can’t work however, restitution cannot be waived. The officers conduct random visits to catch them doing the right thing not the wrong thing.  Officers of Department of Community Supervision are sworn law enforcement officers. DCS officers go out into the community to visit people in the community. Officers visit people to figure out what is going on in their home life and what impacts their daily life.  To transfer out of state the citizen must have permanent housing.

 

Barbara Johnson, Daily Reporting Center, explained the focus of the DRC is treatment.  Drug screening is conducted two times a week.  In the first phase classes are required to encourage them to rethink what they do (Motivation to Change). To be employed during Phase 1 is a privilege.  They have a 30-45 Detox program, GED classes, 12 Step programs and community service is performed (80 hours total).  There is a spiritual aspect to this. They teach anger management and have peer training.

In Phase 2 the citizen must work. The goal is to get the cognitive thinking back on track for healthy lifestyle and relationship.  Once Phase 2 is complete there is a graduation.  After six months sober citizens’ move to the Aftercare Phase.  DRC is generally those with low risk, property offenses. The Judge and/or the Community Supervision Officer recommend offenders to the DRC.

 

The process has created an increase in the success rate for Georgia.

Previously Georgia had a 26% recidivism rate now it is down to 7%.

 

Now if person tests positive for drug use they go to DRC instead of jail. If they test positive again go to RSAPP Residential Substance Abuse Program in Prison.

 

Nell Wilkins, Housing Coordinator stated they have great leadership and officers at the Department of Community Supervision. Reentry Partnership Housing can provide the housing provider $1,800 over three months for providing housing for someone coming home.  There is an application process and a collaborative relationship with DCS and housing providers.  Ms. Wilkins strongly encouraged places to become a housing provider.  She volunteered to review applications to become housing providers.

There are two Reentry Partnership Housing programs in Columbus; SafeHouse Ministries and one other.  There is one THOR, Transitional Housing for Offender Reentry, in Columbus, Beacon House.

 

Shavon Jackson shared with work of the Columbus Transitional Center.  This program provides work opportunity for 6 months to a year before offender is released. The program provides support in the following areas.

·         Employment

·         Education

·         Housing

·         Mental Health counseling or Counseling

·         Transportation

·         Clothing

The program gives the citizens the tools to prevent recidivism.

 

“I Choose Support” is a mentoring program. Community members can be mentors they will go inside the prison to meet with those incarcerated so once the offender is released they will know someone.  Background checks are performed on all mentors.

 

Healing Communities, Station of Hope, this is a distinction a church, business or agency can get once they go through training.  Being a “Station of Hope” says that if person who was incarcerated comes to the door then you are willing to help them not shun them or turn them away.  

John Hodges, returning citizen, ex-offender shared his story.  Collectively he spent 26 years in the prison system.  16 years were served consecutively.  He was released 78 days ago.  Mr. Hodges is willing to talk to young black men that think prison is a rite of passage or other groups that might benefit from hearing his story.

 

Additional questions and information was shared.

There are 366 individuals returning to our community this year.

 

DCS is working to have identification documents in central depositary in Atlanta so no matter which prison someone is transfer to they will be able to have their identification, birth certificate, and social security card sent to them.   During the first phase of implementation individuals will leave with a Georgia State Identification card and then have seven days to go to the DMV to change address.   Not sure how long this implementation will take.  Eventually everyone will leave with a Georgia State Identification.

 

Jimmy Watts 706-507-5504, Southeast Regional Driving Academy, stated that he will help x-offenders get driver’s license.

 

NEXT MEETING:

4:00 pm Thursday, July 20, 2017

At Red Cross 

 

Elizabeth Dillard
Homeless Resource Network
2221 Second Avenue
PO BOX 811
Columbus GA 31902
706-571-3399
Fax- 706.571-0707

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pdf icon Rutledge-State-Correctional-Facility-Reentry-Stand-Down-2017.pdf
pdf icon Reentry-Partnership-Housing-brochure.pdf
pdf icon Reentry-Services-Resources.pdf

June Network Meeting

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Thursday, June 15 will be the monthly Homeless Network Meeting.

 

As always if you cannot attend and have an announcement just let us know and we will make it in your absence. 


Come and learn about the Department of Community Supervision!

 

Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 4:00pm

 

Hosted By: Georgia Department of Community Supervision   

  

Located  1334 Second Avenue Columbus GA 31901 


 

Georgia Department of Community Supervision<click for Google map


PARKING

Parking is accessible behind the building. There is a small driveway between the building and the New Horizons building or parking can be accessed from 3rd Avenue. There is paved parking behind the building and additional parking on the gravel lot beside the building. Entrance is in front of the building.

 

ENTRANCE

Although parking is in the back and side of the building, the entrance is in front of the building. Guests will come through a metal detector.


Peace Liz 

Elizabeth Dillard
Homeless Resource Network
2221 Second Avenue
PO BOX 811
Columbus GA 31902
706-571-3399
Fax- 706.571-0707

Rutledge State Correctional Reentry Stand Down

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in News | 0 comments

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From: High, Marguerita D. <Marguerita.High@va.gov>
Date: Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 9:18 AM
Subject: Rutledge State Correctional Reentry Stand Down
To: "Liz Dillard (liz@homelessresourcenetwork.org)" <liz@homelessresourcenetwork.org>
Cc: "Farmer, Jeffrey" <Jeffrey.Farmer@gdc.ga.gov>

Mrs. Dillard,

 

Please send out to all of our community partners. This event has been a huge success and has benefited many of our justice involved Veterans in transitioning to the community, so we would like to keep up the momentum.

 

Point of Contact for this event is Counselor Jeffery Farmer, Rutledge State Correctional Facility.  Please send email of interest to his email address: Jeffrey.Farmer@gdc.ga.gov

 

We look forward to your participation!

 

 

 

 

Coordinator, Health Care Veterans Reentry

Veterans Justice Outreach Program

1310 13th Avenue

Columbus, GA 31906

Phone: (BB) 334-558-8505

Email: Marguerita.High@va.gov

Veterans Treatment Court Explained: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=veterans+court+animations+explained&view=detail&mid=3EEF43354075B425FC5A3EEF43354075B425FC5A&FORM=VIRE1

PTSD Explained: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=veterans+court+animations+explained&view=detail&mid=71EA2078C5A99E5933EB71EA2078C5A99E5933EB&FORM=VIRE5

Veterans Justice Program: www.va.gov/HOMELESS/VJO.asp

Health Care Reentry Veterans Program: www.va.gov/HOMELESS/Reentry.asp

Key intercept points: law enforcement agencies, jails, and courts.

 

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CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE:  This email and any attachments thereto may contain private, confidential and privileged material for the sole use of the intended recipient.  Any review, copying, or distribution of this email (or any attachments thereto) by any other person or entity other than the Veterans Justice Outreach and Health Care Reentry Veterans Program or the intended recipient is strictly prohibited.  If you are not the intended recipient, please notify this office immediately by telephone (334) 558-8505, or by electronic mail, and delete the original message and any attachments thereto without making a copy.  Although this email is believed to be free of any virus or other defect that might affect any computer system in which it is received, it is the responsibility of the recipient to ensure that it is virus free; the Veterans Justice Outreach and Health Care Reentry Veterans Program, accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage arising in any way from its use.  Thank you. 

 

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Elizabeth Dillard

Homeless Resource Network
2221 Second Avenue
PO BOX 811 
Columbus GA 31902
706-571-3399
Fax- 706.571-0707

Reminder – EFSP Phase 34 Application deadline is May 31

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in News | 0 comments

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From: Jennifer St. John <jstjohn@unitedwayofthecv.org>
Date: Thu, May 25, 2017 at 2:57 PM
Subject: Reminder – EFSP Phase 34 Application deadline is May 31
To: 

Good afternoon!  I’m writing with a reminder that applications for EFSP funding in Russell County are due Wednesday, May 31.  Please see below and attached – and also forward to others.  Thank you! 

 

From: Jennifer St. John
Sent: Monday, May 08, 2017 4:36 PM
To: 
Subject: EFSP Phase 34 Application

 

Russel County Emergency Food and Shelter Board is accepting applications for the upcoming funding cycle.  The deadline to apply is May 31, 2017.  The funding priority for this phase is rent/mortgage assistance, followed by utility assistance.  The application is attached and additional information is below.  Please forward to potential applications. 

 

 

Russell County AL has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter (EFSP) National Board Program.

 

Russell County has been chosen to receive $26,418 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide.  The Local Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

 

A Local Board comprised of local representatives of the above listed groups will determine how the funds awarded to Russell County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.  The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive the funds made available under this phase of the program.

 

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.  Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.  Last year, the Russell County board established utility assistance, followed by mortgage/rent assistance as funding priorities and distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds to The Salvation Army, Russell County DHR, Urban League, and Home for Good.  Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Jennifer St John of United Way at 706-327-3255, ext 211 for an application.  The deadline for applications to be received is May 31, 2017.  

 

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Forwarded by:
Elizabeth Dillard
Homeless Resource Network
2221 Second Avenue
PO BOX 811 
Columbus GA 31902
706-571-3399
Fax- 706.571-0707

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Resource Fairs

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in News | 0 comments

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From: Haley Ramey <hramey@pchousing.org>
Date: Tue, May 23, 2017 at 6:27 PM
Subject: Resource Fairs
To: Liz Dillard <liz@homelessresourcenetwork.org>

Could you forward this too please? Thanks!! J

 

Good Afternoon Community Champions!!

 

The Phenix City Housing Authority is having Community Resource Fairs again! We are hoping to keep these quarterly due to the great impact each of your agencies had in serving our community. We had over 50 families in attendance who I am sure are now some of your clients. Thank you all very much.

 

We will be having 3 Resource Fairs this month:

1.       Tuesday, June 13th at Riverview Apartments’ Chuck Roberts Center- 100 16th St. 4 PM- 6 PM

2.       Monday, June 19th at Fredrick Douglas Occupancy Office- 1500 11th Ave. 4 PM- 6 PM

3.       Wednesday, June 28th at LP Stough Apartments- 101 10th Ave South. 4 PM- 6 PM

 

We will have tables a chairs provided. Please send anyone you wish to represent your agency along with information they’d like to distribute. We have limited wifi capabilities (depending on the day sometimes!) but some folks have been able to work while attending past fairs. If your agency is capable, I’d love and encourage you to do enrollments or applications on site as follow through is sometimes a challenge- we have some agencies bringing paper versions of their application system to take back and enroll at their agency. Just a thought!

 

We’d be so happy to have your agency attend so please RSVP the dates you’ll be joining us and the name of the representative you’ll be sending if it is not yourself. Thanks for all you do for our community! Talk soon! J

 

Haley Ramey, MSW

Resident Services Supervisor

200 16th St, Phenix City, AL 36867

334-664-9991 ext. 207

Cell: 334-614-5910

 

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Forwarded by:
Elizabeth Dillard
Homeless Resource Network
2221 Second Avenue
PO BOX 811 
Columbus GA 31902
706-571-3399
Fax- 706.571-0707