In 2020, our two main fundraisers for The Cottage had to be cancelled like most events. In our Board meetings, we reflected on how we could still move forward; our discussion led us to look more closely at our mission statement. That statement is “Provide support that fosters healing for women in crisis and their dependent children as they look for permanent housing.”
Our focus had been on raising money to buy/renovate a house to provide temporary housing while providing this support. Since the pandemic put a hold on large fundraisers, we reconsidered how we might still fulfill our mission. To do that, we have entered into a collaboration with Good Samaritan Services.
“Good Sam” as the CEO, Nate Hoffer, likes to call it, has a long, successful track record of providing support services to those in need. Working with us, Good Sam will expand its services into the Penn Manor School District (PMSD); working with them, The Cottage will have access to experienced, professional help in case management and counseling.
While Good Sam does help clients find housing, if that is what is needed, they also help clients stay in their existing housing if that is preferred. The Cottage is actively working on selecting its first family to assist; we are excited that we should be able to start soon!
Both The Cottage and Good Sam see this collaboration as a long-term partnership, enabling us to help multiple families in the PMSD. Helping us find those potential clients are the PMSC social workers who have first-hand knowledge of families’ needs.
I look forward to updating you again next month with more exciting news (note: no names of families being helped will be shared due to confidentiality).