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Thinking About Eclipses

Posted on August 23, 2017 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Thinking about eclipses lately. Everyone kept going into stores – even stores that one wouldn't normally think would sell them – to ask about eclipse glasses.


So the Great North American Eclipse 2017 had everyone obsessed.


But other things have been taking up people's concentration these days.


Trump news. Racism news. Violence in the streets. Protesters. Counter protesters. Schools shaming students about their clothes, about their sexual orientation. Russia. North Korea.


These have been eclipses in a way, overshadowing important issues.


I can pretty much guarantee the children who don't have enough to eat this week were not worrying about where to get solar eclipse glasses.


I can also assure you the person who lost their job and subsequently their home, wasn't worrying about the best spot to watch the moon cover up the sun.


And its fairly safe to say that none of these people were worried about Russia or North Korea or what stupid thing the President was saying on Twitter today.


No, they were trying to go about their day and not think about how hungry they or their kids are.


There were, most assuredly, worrying about a roof over their heads, medicine for their sick family members, where the best place to get a job and how they can get there and live until thy can afford a place to live.


In Pike County PA, there are 5230 estimated food insecure individuals, most of them children. In Wayne County, there 5800. Monroe County has a resounding 18,200 people who will not have enough nutritious food to eat this week.


The numbers in our neighboring counties in NY and NJ are just as bad. With 9% ro 12% of the population food insecure – and the youth population suffering most from 16% to 25% - one can argue that all the things that make our national and local news are eclipsing these important issues right in our own backyard.


I guess its easier to focus on events like the Solar Eclipse, the Trump Twitter Wars and hacking probes into our elections because we can't do anything about them. Its something that can occupy our minds so we don't have to look on and try to do something about things like hunger and homelessness.


As our annual national event raising Hunger and Homelessness Awareness approaches, I want everyone to think about what others have to go through each day. Think about the fact that while we argue on whats the worst fast food place or the best diet, or he argue about who is right in whatever discourse du jour the media has us fixated on this week, try to think about how you personally can do something to help someone right here, right now.



Just In Case Someone Missed These Statistics

Posted on March 17, 2017 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Just in case anyone in our area or our local political representatives missed the infdormation we have been telling them for years, here is another look at the food insecurity rates here in our tri-state area.

Food Insecurity rates

 

In Pennsylvania:

Wayne County general population food insecurity rate is 12%, the child rate is 21.6%

Pike County general population food insecurity rate is 11.3%, the child rate is 19.8%

Monroe County general population food insecurity rate is 12.4%, the child rate is 19.1%

Lackawana County general population 14.2%, the child rate is 22.4%

 

In New York:

Sullivan County general population food insecurity rate is 13.7%, the child rate is 24.2%

Delaware County general population food insecurity rate is 12.6%, the child rate is 24.6%

Ulster County general population food insecurity rate is 11.8%, the child rate is 20.2%

Orange County general population food insecurity rate is 10.2%, the child rate is 19.7%

 

In New Jersey:

Sussex County general population food insecurity rate is 8.8%, the child rate is 15.9%

Warren County general population food insecurity rate is 10.4%, the child rate is 17.2%

Passaic County general population food insecurity rate is 12.3%, the child rate is 21.4%

Morris County general population food insecurity rate is 7.7%, the child rate is 13.3%

 

(Source: http://map.feedingamerica.org/county/2013/child)


Cutting Head Start and Meals on Wheels as suggested in the new Trump budget and touted as unjustified expenses by his budget chief Mulvaney, and reverting back to less nutritous thanks to the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' efforts . . . .these are not only needed but they are our responsibility as a society.


CONTACT THESE PEOPLE AND TELL THEM NO!!!!


Rep Tom Marino

2242 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-3731

Fax: 202-225-9594

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.


Senator Pat Toomey

Washington, D.C.

248 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

Phone: (202) 224-4254

Fax: (202) 228-0284


Senator Robert Casey, Jr

393 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

Phone: (202) 224-6324

Toll Free: (866) 802-2833

Fax: (202) 228-0604


A HUGE Thank You

Posted on November 26, 2016 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

MILFORD, PA – November 3, 2016 – Calling All Angels Mission – along with the Ecumenical Food Pantry of Pike County, Pike County Hands of Hope, and Pike County Humane Society – will be hosting our 2nd Annual Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Event, November 12, 2016, to be held at Jen Murphy Fitness Studio in Milford, PA.

 

The event is to raise awareness for hunger and homelessness problems here in Pike County, the surrounding areas and across our country. It will also raise funds for the hosting organizations so they can keep doing what they are doing to help our neighbors in need.

 

And now word comes from the North Pole that Santa himself may be stopping in.

 

“Santa is really very busy starting this time of year,” a spokesman for the jolly fellow told the organizers of the event. “But it is possible Santa may be able to make the event. He is a friend to the people at Calling All Angels and thinks highly of all the work they do.”

 

Santa has since acknowledged he will be coming, and he will be available for pictures so attendees will be able to get their Christmas cards all ready in time to mail out before those all important post office deadlines. Donations for Santa time are greatly appreciated but not necessary.

 

Speakers from the hosting organizations will be talking about everything from the food insecurity members of our community face to what happens to the pets when a family becomes homeless.

 

Music will be provided by Adam Zajac, Mark Ferguson, Mr Lenny Miller, Olivia Zinn and Matthew King, as well as possibly one or two more performers. Charlie Reynolds will be debuting a new song written just for the event (as he did last year with the song My Story, Your Story).

 

There will be food (including some desserts to be donated by the Pâtisserie Fauchère and pizza from John's of Arthur Avenue). Organizers are still looking for local businesses to possibly donate some of the food, snacks and beverages. Otherwise, as we did last year, the Mission will supply food for the evening.

 

A raffle will be held with items we have set aside in the thrift shop. Tickets will be $5 and $1 each, and the items being raffled include a first edition Irish book of poetry and oratory, an original piece of artwork specifically created for this event by a local artist named Raven, a tapestry, a gift certificates from the Milford Diner, 84 Country Store and Zosia's, as well as other works of art. A call has gone out for items to be donated for this raffle as well, so there may be more items.

 

There will be speakers, stories and a frank discussion on how to recognize and combat the difficulties of homelessness and food insecurity facing our nation, our state, our communities. Invitations to our state and local representatives have gone out. Hopefully we can all get together and solve these issues. Neighbors helping neighbors.

 

As of the writing of this press release, we will be partnering again with the Ecumenical Food Pantry, the Pike County Humane Society and Pike County Hands of Hope.

 

Tickets for the event are available at the door for a suggested donation of $10. (Unexpired food and clothing/blankets will be accepted in lieu of the monetary price of admission. As an awareness raising event, we are more interested in getting information out there).

 

“If someone cannot afford the $10, we do not want this to keep them from coming”, says Mission Secretary and event organizer Charles Reynolds. “They can bring some items or unexpired food items, in lieu of the cash. Or if they can't afford it at all, just come. The more people understand the situations their neighbors face, that the 'face' of hunger and homelessness has changed. In order to find solutions to these tragic situations people in our communities face, we need to understand the 'why'.”

 

We will also be accepting donations for the organizations involved on the night of the event – a bag of clothes, a box of food (not expired canned or dry goods) or some blankets. The event will be held November 12 from 6:30-9:30 PM at Jen Murphy Fitness Studio located at 113 W Harford Street in Milford, PA.

 

At this time we would like to thank and acknowledge some people and businesses who have been generous in their support. The Pâtisserie Fauchère, John's of Arthur Avenue, Zosia's European Skin Care Spa, The Milford Diner, 84 Country Store, Gary and Janine Zinn, and all the musicians who will be performing.

 

For more information, to find ways of volunteering for this or other events, or to make a donation of cash or food or raffle items, contact Charles at the thrift shop either by phone (570-409-6055) or email (callingallangelsmission@gmail.com). Or simply stop by the shop at 611 Broad Street in Milford, PA.

 

To stay updated on the information, make sure you keep visiting our Facebook Event at https://www.facebook.com/events/104360203364514/.

An Evening of Music and Speakers to benefit Hunger and Homelessness Awareness

Posted on October 24, 2015 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

 

An Evening of Music and Speakers to benefit Hunger and Homelessness Awareness


 

Saturday, November 14, 2015


7-10pm (Doors open at 6:30)

 

6:30 – 7:00 – Doors open, background music

7:00 – 7:10 – Welcome everyone and opening speech (Charlie Reynolds)

7:10 – 7:30 – Music Act One

7:30 – 7:40 – SPEAKER ONE

7:40 – 8:00 – Music act two

8:00 – 8:20 – SPEAKER TWO

8:20 – 8:40 – Charlie Reynolds

8:40 – 9:00 – SPEAKER THREE

9:00 – 9:20 – Music act four

9:20 – 9:40 – SPEAKER FOUR

9:40 – 10:00 – Final Music Act


 

Join us at Jen Murphy's Fitness Studio at 113 W Harford Street in Milford, PA for an evening of music and speakers to raise awareness of hunger and homelessness. Co-Sponsored by Calling All Angels Mission, Pike County Hands of Hope and The Ecumenical Food Pantry of Pike County.


 

Admission is $10 per person.


 

Donations of non-perishable food, clothing and blankets (all clean, please) are encouraged.


 

Follow the event, and the sponsors' Facebook pages for updated information as we get closer to the date.


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We are seeking people who have used or are using the food pantry to tell their personal stories. And we are looking for people who have or had experience with homelessness to tell theirs. Contact Charlie at callingallangelsmission@gmail.com.

Did You Know? 9-25-15

Posted on September 25, 2015 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Did you know ...?


Here is some information and some statistics you may not know about.


Our outreach benefits the local food pantry, the pregnancy center, homeless organizations, agencies on aging and those in the general population who are in need.


Not enough people know the extent of the problems that exist, and not enough people know what to do when they find themselves in these situations.


In the Pennsylvania counties we serve, the food insecurity rates are: Pike County (2013) 13% and 19% child food insecurity; Monroe County 14% and child food insecurity 18% ; Lackawana County 13% and child food insecurity 22% ; Wayne 12% and child food insecurity 19%.


In the New York state counties we serve - Orange County 10.2% and child food insecurity 19.7%; Duchess 10.2% and child food insecurity 17.4%; Sullivan 13.7% and child food insecurity 24.2%.


In New Jersey state counties we serve – Sussex 8.8% and child food insecurity 15.9%, Passaic 12.3% and child food insecurity 21.4%.


The unsheltered homeless rate in Pennsylvania increased between 2012 to 2013 by 26.3%.


The number of homeless families in New York state increased by 17.15%. Individual chronic homelessness in New Jersey increased 13.73%. Chronic homelessness among families increased by 2% in Pennsylvania, 4% in New Jersey and 4.9% in New York.


In 2014, Pike County Hands Of Hope provided 46 nights of motel lodging for 18 homeless people and helped 7 families with rental placements.