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Crossroads Rhode Island invites you to our annual Men on a Mission event which will take place on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The proceeds from this event will go to programs and services offered by Crossroads Rhode Island to help homeless individuals and families secure stable homes.
For more information and to register for Men on a Mission online visit our event page.
Thank you for your loyalty to Crossroads and for your belief in our mission. The new law gives taxpayers some certainty for at least another year, and in some cases, permanently. The Stelter Company works with Crossroads Rhode Island on Planned Giving and they recently sent the following highlights and changes in effect for 2013:
The IRA charitable rollover is back for 2012 and 2013.
The ever-popular charitable IRA rollover has been revived this year. And you can also use it retroactive to last year!
Estate, gift and generation-skipping tax exemptions are retained.
The new law permanently preserves the current individual gift, estate and generation-skipping tax to a unified $5 million exemption level. This amount will be indexed for inflation in future years. And it would raise the top rate to 40 percent from the current 35 percent. The new law also allows the executor of a deceased spouse's estate to transfer any unused exemption to the surviving spouse. This portability provision is also made permanent.
If you are interested in these unique opportunities to help further our mission, or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Christine Luke, Director of Major and Planned Gifts, at firstname.lastname@example.org She would be happy to help—at no obligation.
When Jennifer decided to return to the lower 48, she relocated to a small community outside Richmond, Virginia. There, her career took a new turn when she applied for a job with the local police force. Jennifer was appointed Deputy Sheriff for the jurisdiction, and later became involved with crime prevention programs. She continued her law enforcement career by applying her background in regional planning to create innovative crime prevention techniques that incorporate environmental design into prevention programs. In a few years, Jennifer was serving the community as a crime prevention planner.
In 2003, Jennifer returned to New England and settled in Rhode Island. While her children were small, she worked as a substitute teacher in local schools and later became the lead toddler teacher at her children’s pre-school. She also worked as a volunteer at Literacy Volunteers, East Bay. When she decided it was time to return full time to work, Jennifer’s job search led her to Crossroads Rhode Island, where she joined our Vocational Services team.
At Crossroads, Jennifer welcomes students into the Vocational Services Program and works with them to assess their educational levels and prepare goals and study plans. Jennifer earned certification in case management at RIC recently, which enhances her knowledge and abilities to work with disadvantaged and challenged adults. “Every student is unique, and every day is different for me,” she says. Many of the students she sees struggled in school but were pushed through the system via “social advancement,” which gives a student a higher grade level achievement but not the academic skills needed for graduation or the workplace. “We try to build on each student’s assets to help build self-confidence. Our team approach in Vocational Services gives students multiple options to improve their skills as they work with us to prepare for getting their GED, enter training programs or get a job,” Jennifer says. “My goal is to see students succeed as they work through the continuum of vocational services, overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.”
Our students benefit from creative professionals who believe in the potential of every person and are willing to work with special populations that have been left behind. Jennifer’s talents and expertise are great assets to Vocational Services and to Crossroads Rhode Island.
Crossroads Rhode Island is partnering with Capital Good Fund, a social change organization whose mission is to provide equitable financial services that create pathways out of poverty. Together, we will provide small loans and financial coaching to Crossroads clients who need financial assistance to help them meet a variety of needs.
Over the next year, 20 small loans each of $1,000 or less will be distributed to Crossroads clients. These donor-provided funds will allow borrowers to meet their financial goals responsibly, and ultimately provide a pathway out of poverty.
Please donate now to this innovative partnership. Donations will be used to fund the loans, and insure that there is funding available when eligible clients need to borrow money to meet a pressing need.
The work that we do at Crossroads Rhode Island would not be possible without the support of our many corporate sponsors and partners who generously donate their time, talents, and financial support to our efforts of ending homelessness for individuals and families in Rhode Island. We are proud to highlight Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) as one of our corporate partners.
Recently, Crossroads in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Providence was awarded a 2016 Transitional Grant as part of the BlueAngel Community Health Grant Awards. This funding allows us to provide nutrition and fitness education to parents and children in our family programs. Through their BlueAngel Community Health Grant Awards, BCBSRI has given more than $3 million to dozens on local agencies like Crossroads, and helped more than 257,000 Rhode Islanders.
BCBSRI has also been a generous supporter of our two signature events, Women Helping Women and Men on a Mission. Both events raise critical funds to support the work that we do, and increase awareness of homelessness in our community.
Additional annual support from BCBSRI helps us provide adult wellness programs to vulnerable and marginalized people staying in our shelters or living in in-site permanent supportive housing. These health and wellness activities include HIV, blood pressure, and cancer screenings, smoking cessation assistance, support groups, nutrition education, exercise classes, and more.
In addition to their generous funding, BCBSRI employees are generous with their time. Last year, they hosted a holiday party for some of our clients who are on their way to becoming permanently housed.
Last summer, BCBSRI hosted a Family Fun Day at our Kingstown Crossings housing location. The families there enjoyed face painting, outdoor games, a water slide, and arts and crafts, all staffed by BCBSRI volunteers and at no cost to Crossroads Rhode Island.
Thank you to our friends at BCBSRI for all that you do to support Crossroads Rhode Island's mission, bring a smile to the faces of the people we serve, and help our clients lead healthier lives!
The Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) was an innovative program created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Crossroads Rhode Island received funds for the rapid re-housing component and was able to provide financial assistance and services to individuals and families who were experiencing homelessness and help them be re-housed quickly.
In July 2012, Crossroads received a second round of funding to continue the program, now known as Intensive Housing Stabilization Program (IHSP). While some of the criteria for acceptance into the program changed, it essentially remained a rapid rehousing program for individuals and families living in shelter. In order to be eligible for IHSP, clients must be referred by their shelter or outreach case worker, be staying in a shelter or in a place not meant for human habitation, be committed to intensive case management, and be likely to sustain housing once the program ends. Clients are eligible to receive up to 24 months of service depending on need.
The mission of Crossroads Rhode Island is to secure stable homes for individuals and families in Rhode Island, and IHSP is one of the most effective ways to achieve that mission. This program directly supports individuals and families to move out of homelessness and achieve housing sustainability. IHSP provides more than just rental assistance. It is a complete package of case management, financial assistance, financial literacy and good tenancy education. The goal of sustainability is to limit the likelihood that the family or individual will re-enter homelessness when their participation in the program has ended. Crossroads’ IHSP features the following services and assistance:
One of the major challenges of this program is the lack of affordable housing in Rhode Island. The majority of apartments that Crossroads housing locator finds for clients are market rent housing. While they are market rate, they also have to meet HUD’s criteria for fair market rents by geographic catchment area (i.e., what is fair in Westerly is very different from what is fair in Providence). Crossroads’ housing locator also works with Community Development Corporations (CDCs) to secure low income tax credit units when they are available.
Since the program started September 2009, 661 people have participated in the program, and 76% of them have moved out of the shelter system and into stable homes. Unfortunately, because not everyone qualifies, many were not able to participate because of lack of income and need for a higher level of care and support. Clients who are still in the program are living in their new homes and receiving services to help them become independent and remain stably housed.
On average, it takes 1-2 months for families or individuals to transition from shelter into their own homes. Once clients are living in their homes, Crossroads’ case advocates work with them for an average of 3-6 months (sometimes up to 9) to ensure they stay successfully housed.
Crossroads works with clients from the entire statewide shelter system. Individuals and families have come to this program through referrals from at least 19 other organizations throughout Rhode Island, and most have transitioned successfully to permanent housing in many communities.
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