“We Were Almost Too Late” – Letter to the Editor from HopeLines

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

We were almost too late…

Last year, Rose, a homeless young woman with Type-1 diabetes, passed out in the street from hyperglycemia, and was taken to ICU. After seven days, Rose was discharged. Her hospital social worker secured a bed for her at a women’s’ shelter, which was guaranteed until 7 p.m., and then she called HopeLines, a homeless prevention charity chartered for at-risk Bronxites.

HopeLines contacted Rose, discovered that she had low phone minutes, no money, and the shelter was 2 miles away.

HopeLines wired Rose money for transportation and phone minutes, which helped her get to the shelter in time. Grand total: $44.99.

For 10 months Rose thrived at the shelter. HopeLines helped her with clothing, toiletries, medical expenses, and a better phone plan. Grand total: $474.58. This fall Rose secured a small studio apartment, and in January is starting community college.

In 2012, HopeLines Homeless Relief Fund was organized by two teachers and a project manager. Its mission is keep small things small — pay a portion of ConEd to avoid shutoff, buy a monthly MetroCard — so that folks can think calmly through to their next step. We amended our mission to provide resources to house young, non-chronically homeless adults after Rose.

We spend very little to keep one person housed, but doing so saves New Yorkers $36,000 to $60,000 for social services.and correctional facilities.

During this season of year-end giving, we ask you to help us continue. Give generously to HopeLines Homeless Relief Fund, a 501(c)(3) charity. Our goal is $50,000 before the end of December.

Donate at http://www.HopeLinesRelief.org

Contribute with a check made payable to:
HopeLines Homeless Relief Fund, Inc.
Send it to:
HopeLines Homeless Relief Fund, Inc.
208 E. 51st Street
Suite 208
New York, NY 10022

Thank you.

Rev. Alexander,
Executive Director,
HopeLines Homeless Relief Fund, Inc.
208 E. 51st Street
Suite 208
New York, NY 10022
TEL: 888-888-0780

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