Third Street Alliance Food Pantry Update:
We asked and you responded! Because of our community’s generosity, we now have a fully stocked emergency food pantry for the residents of Third Street Alliance’s Homeless Services program.
February’s food stamp payments were received in January. They were not extra benefits, but benefits that were paid early. Food stamp recipients will not receive the next deposit until their regularly scheduled deposit date in March.
Thank you for partnering with us be proactive and relieve some of the possible strain from local food pantries and food banks.
Easton Area Warming Shelter Information
Saturday-Wednesday: Safe Harbor, 536 Bushkill Drive. Center opens at 8:00 p.m.; curfew at 10:00 p.m. Wake-up call is 6:00 a.m.; center closes at 7:00 a.m. Services provided include snacks/quick meal, hot beverages, hygiene kits, and clothing closet. Contact 610-258-5540, ext. 201 or ext. 206 after hours.
Thursday & Friday: Shiloh Baptist Church, 403 Pastor Fred Davis Street. Center opens at 7:00 p.m.; curfew at 11:00 p.m. Wake-up call is 6:00 a.m.; center closes 7:00 a.m. Shuttle pick-up at Safe Harbor at 6:30 p.m.; Shuttle drop-off downtown at 7:15 a.m. Services provided include dinner, prayer service, and church services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. Contact 610-252-5640
Visibly intoxicated persons will not be permitted and will be referred to the hospital. Shelters operate Dec. 1-March 31.
Call 2-1-1 for the nearest warming shelter to you, if not in the Easton area.
The “Mansion With A Mission”
Third Street Alliance for Women & Children offers services for homeless women, women with children, and families.
The women residing at Third Street Alliance have become homeless for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is as common as losing a job and having no support system or savings plan in place. Sometimes a debilitating disease takes its toll before disability benefits can be accessed. Sometimes the path is more complex, winding around alcohol, drug, physical and/or emotional abuse before ending abruptly at homelessness.
Our program allows women and families to begin working on much more than a housing issue, but working on the whole person through set goals. Those goals could be to receive education to find a better-paying job to seeing a doctor for a routine check-up.
The women are also given the opportunity to attend workshops on finances, physical and mental health, parenting topics, communication issues, self-esteem and more.
The Simon Mansion provides a safe space for families to catch their breath and regain their footing in life–we are the mansion with a mission.
Starting the Process
Third Street Alliance for Women & Children is one of the walk-in centers for the Coordinated Entry system within the Lehigh Valley. Coordinated Entry is a community’s housing crisis response system for people experiencing or are at-risk for homelessness. It is an effective process for helping people find the housing and services they need to end their housing crisis as quickly and successfully as possible.
To begin the process, call 2-1-1 and talk with a trained representative. For more resources in the Lehigh Valley, lot onto http://www.pa211east.org and click the Northampton County tab.
Giving to Homeless Services:
Volunteering within the homeless services department is easy from babysitting children while the moms are in workshops to freshening shelter rooms for future residents. If interested, contact Wendy Hughes, Adminstrative Director, for more details at 610-258-6271, ext. 201 or by email at WHughes@thirdstreetalliance.org
Monetary donations can be directed to workshops for the ladies or supplies needed within the shelter. See our Wish List for items needed in the shelter.
Are you a professional willing to share your time and talents in a workshop? To discuss how you can share your knowledge with our residents, contact Janice Thomas, Homeless Services Director, at 610-258-6271, ext. 501 or by email at JThomas@thirdstreetalliance.org.