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December 20, 2019
Servants to All Announces Additional Services
Emergency Shelter Prevention, Diversion and Outreach
Pottsville, PA— December 20, 2019 —
Servants to All announced the enhancement of emergency shelter services to eligible clients as the organization continues to move forward with its approach to end homelessness in Schuylkill County.
Founded in 2012, Servants to All is Schuylkill County’s only homeless program serving both men and women from Schuylkill County and surrounding counties. Since November 2016, the United Presbyterian Church has offered Servants to All space for overnight stays for individuals who are homeless. Because of the generous partnership with the UPC we have been able to house 529 people since November 2015.
Today, Servants to All is pleased to announce that, because of the support provided to us by many individual donors in the community, along with businesses in the region, our organization is now able to upgrade services and house our clients in overnight rooms with individual accommodations rather than in a single overnight shelter. In these new environments, our clients will have privacy in their lives, as well as the opportunity to assume responsibility, accountability and recovery. Because each client will have his or her own overnight room, each individual’s independence will be enhanced rather than being supervised in an overnight shelter, on a night-by-night basis, by overnight monitors. Clients who accept overnight accommodations will continue to be required to attend our day program and work with case managers daily as they successfully achieve their goals. Goals typically focus on securing employment and moving into independent housing. Servants to All is extremely grateful to the United Presbyterian Church, Pottsville, for having provided a large sleeping area and restroom facilities that were both safe, very clean, warm in the winter and cool in the summer where men and women were housed overnight during the past two years.
Beginning January 1, 2020, Servants to All will utilize Emergency Solutions Grant Funding to focus on street outreach and homeless prevention. Our mission will focus on supporting individuals who are homeless in their quest to secure permanent, sustainable housing. A Street Outreach Case Manager will implement engagement activities which will include locating, identifying, and building relationships with unsheltered homeless individuals for the purpose of providing immediate support, intervention, and connections with homeless assistance programs, mainstream social services and housing programs. Street Outreach will concentrate efforts in areas where the homeless are known to sleep at night. Street Outreach will be conducted to identify those living and sleeping in places not meant for human habitation. Servants to All’s plan for serving at risk homeless individuals and families includes the provision of various diversion strategies including emergency housing, security deposits, utility assistance and rental assistance. As a result of this plan, more people will remain in safe, affordable and stable housing.
About Servants to All
Servants to All provides services including emergency shelter, homeless prevention and diversion, employment assistance, transportation assistance, food assistance, clothing and other material goods. Servants to All case managers provide assistance with planning and attaining goals, completing housing applications and job applications, securing income and Veterans’ benefits, and the coordination of agency supportive services. Case managers also work to assist people with basic needs, such as, food, clothing, laundry service, and medical co-payments.
Servants to All is a critical member of a network of agencies that works together to address homelessness in Schuylkill County. As a vital component of the local homeless system, Servants to All is often the first point of contact for most matters regarding homelessness in Schuylkill County. Servants to All has also been designated as one of Pennsylvania’s “211 Coordinated Entry System” access sites. Once an individual or family initially engages with Servants to All, the case managers conduct a well-structured, formalized intake and referral service. Servants to All participates in the coordinated assessment system adopted by the local Continuum of Care and uses the standardized assessment tool that results in referrals to those seeking assistance based upon a uniform decision-making process.
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Jeanette Triano Sinn, Executive Director
Servants to All