2013 Accomplishments1. Hired new Executive Director and Program Manager2. Raised approximately $15,000. at 18th Annual Golf Tournament3. Received Honorary Award for Community Service from the Knights of Columbus (came with a $1,000.00 check)4. Received Community Grant from Liberty Bank at bank’s grand opening5. Case managers placed 30 people in permanent housing – more than 50% of whom were chronically homeless (meaning in the shelter for over 10 years)6. Case managers secured security deposits for 10 residents
Our goals for 2014 encompass a number of developmental areas for our clients, including but not limited to:
LIFE SKILLS PROGRAMMING: Set up and assist those who have been incarcerated for a lengthy period of time readjust to everyday life. in addition, give the chronic homeless skills to help them move past the state of homelessness mentally as well as physically.
ESMS is a non-profit shelter provider dedicated to ensuring the availability of emergency shelter for individuals in need. ESMS promotes personal empowerment and assists in restoring dignity and self-sufficiency to its residents. The organization aims to be a conduit, providing access to transitional and permanent housing, job training, and coordinated services to help reduce and eventually eliminate homelessness in Greater New Haven.
As the Executive Director, I come to work daily because I know every little thing we do at ESMS can have a big impact on a community that so desperately needs our help. It is a pleasure working with staff who shares a commitment to helping those who need direction. Every staff member at ESMS has at one time or another has gone above and beyond their job duties to support to our residents. My position at ESMS is part of my life’s mission to be a blessing to others, for as they grow, I grow.
With every good deed, there are obstacles and challenges. As the Executive Director, I am continually challenged with connecting our work with the people who need our programs and service the most. Secondarily, I am responsible for getting the community involved in the work. I often hear the mantra “everyone needs to make a big sacrifice for big rewards,” but if we all rally together with even small sacrifices, the rewards for our residents would be overwhelming. Many of us are connected to the homeless community and don't even know it. We all have a friend, relative, classmate, or neighbor who has experienced some type of homelessness in their lifetime. As a community, it is imperative that we take ownership of this community challenge. For ESMS, the challenge translates to the need to find multiple funding streams and finding ways to get other organizations actively involved either through financial support or toiletries, food and other needed donations.
Emergency shelter, hot nutritious meal (dinner), showers, clothing and personal care items for men who are homeless.
Case Managers provide information and referral services for the residents. This critical service is the residents's link with area social services, training programs, housing and treatment options.
Provided weekly by the Hill Health Center's Homeless Healthcare Project, services are at no cost to the residents and can include medical screening/evaluations, flu shots, and prescription medications.
*Free Weekly HIV testing: Residents are able to get tested weekly at no cost
Assists residents with mental health issues, including those with dual-diagnoses (mental health and substance abuse) and makes every attempt to provide information and treatment options, make direct connections to services and provide additional support services.
The emergency shelter serves a maximum of 75 men on the daily basis, with the exception of during the winter months. In the winter months, the census can rise to as high as 100 due to the shelters “NO FREEZE POLICY” that allows the facility to increase its headcount and not turn away anyone when the temperature falls below 32 degrees. This winter, one of the coldest on record, ESMS increased its census 50 times due to extreme cold. This is simply something the organization knows it must do, regardless of the expense.
After retiring from a 22-year career with the State of Connecticut Judicial Department, I knew my retirement would be short lived. I was only 46 years old and felt I had a great deal to offer my community. After a period of self-reflection, I began teaching, but quickly realized I wanted to be in an environment where the ultimate goal was to help those in need and make a difference in someone’s life.
It was almost immediately that I heard about the Executive Director position with ESMS. Having been familiar with the shelter first through my upbringing at Immanuel Baptist Church, I understood the spirit of the shelter because it was an extension of the spirit of Rev. Dr. Curtis M. Cofield, Senior Pastor at Immanuel Baptist. Second, my level of knowledge came from my years as a probation officer and having visited the shelter on many occasions. I received first hand lessons on the needs of the homeless community, and I wanted to be an advocate through my work. There are other positions available in my community that offered more money, but there is a satisfaction that money cannot buy from being here at ESMS. This is not just my job – it is an extension of who I am. I was raised to always help those less fortunate, because one day, the one in need could be me.
O&E-Outreach & Engagement/Columbus House; TAP-Treatment Access Project; HPRP-Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program/Columbus House; Safe Haven; Fellow Ship; Help in Hands; Rina Williams; Life House LLC; Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV); Hill Health Center-Homeless Services Department; New Haven Home Recovery Vet Program; Department of Social Services; CMHC/Connecticut Mental Health Center; MASS; New Era; Apt. Foundation; Fair Haven Clinic; ViewPoint - William; Stonington Institute; Salvation Army-New Haven, Bridgeport, Hartford, and Springfield Mass; Renaissance Waterbury; SATU; CT WORKS/One Stop Center; Department of Labor; VA Hospital VET Dept for Homeless of West Haven
In the late 1980’s the City of New Haven’s homeless population seemed to be escalating with very few adequate services available. Immanuel Baptist’s prior experience with a soup kitchen led them to develop this comprehensive 75-bed shelter service for homeless men. At Emergency Shelter Management Services, we promote personal empowerment, assist in restoring dignity and self-sufficiency. Our aim is to be a conduit, providing access to transitional and permanent housing, job training and coordinating services to help reduce and eventually eliminate homelessness in the New Haven area. As the needs of the community continue to escalate, ESMS stands at the ready to anticipate and meet those needs. Those needs are people, and we cannot continue to leave these men out in the cold.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
One of key challenges/opportunities this year will be finding new and innovative way (big and small) to raise funds for the shelter. We plan to be aggressive in this area because the need is so great. As an example, we recently mailed solicitation letters to churches in Greater New Haven County asking them to consider support of the shelter. We will also be conducting a similar campaign within the corporate sector as well as instituting the 1st Annual Wine Tasting/Silent Auction schedule for May 2014.
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