In recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell today met with members of the Homeless Service Providers’ Network and presented the group with a proclamation to commemorate the their efforts to provide shelter, support, meals and other supplies to citizens in need.
“This group works tirelessly throughout the year to address the needs of our most vulnerable citizens, and I expressed my sincere appreciation for their efforts. This week is an important opportunity to draw the public’s attention to the issues service providers confront daily, and to encourage everyone to think creatively about how we, both on an individual basis and as a community, can fight hunger and homelessness. I urge all New Bedford citizens to consider how they may lighten the burden for their neighbors in need, especially as the holiday season draws near,” said the Mayor.
The Harbour House, an HSPN member organization, helps families by providing emergency shelter and support services as well as assisting them in securing permanent housing. Program Director Shelley Correia said, “As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches and we take time to consider what we are thankful for let us consider those less fortunate and direct our time and resources towards resolving poverty.” Harbour House has been a leader in the community addressing the root causes of hunger and homelessness and inspiring community and businesses to get involved. The organization has worked collaboratively with the Carney Academy and Carlos Pacheco Elementary Schools to host food drives to restock its food pantry and educate students and their families about homelessness.