REACH of Washington County

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Who We Are

Reach of Washington County is a faith-based, non-profit organization birthed in 1990 when a group of compassionate people agreed to make themselves available 24 hours a day for emergencies such as motel placements for homeless families, food, prescription medication and more.

We have come a long way since those humble beginnings. We now partner with the faith community to operate a year-round Day Resource Center where county residents facing housing crises or having other urgent needs can come for resources, referrals and a listening ear. With the help of local faith groups and more than 1000 volunteers we run a Cold Weather Shelter for homeless adults complete with case management to help clients move from homelessness to self sufficiency. And the original 24-Hour Crisis program continues to address urgent housing needs that arise after our normal office hours.

For more details about each of these programs,click on the green “Our Services” tab above.

Resources on Poverty

After many years of working with the homeless and others in poverty we realize how much we need to learn before we can truly help those we serve make lasting changes. We encourage you to join us in this learning process by educating yourself about these complex issues. Below are some recommended resources to help you get started.

Faces of Homelessness presents video interviews with homeless/formerly homeless members of NCH’s Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau. They share their personal experiences of being homeless in America.

Voices of the Poor is a participatory research initiative that chronicles the struggles and aspirations of poor people for a life of dignity. At the turn of the new millennium, the World Bank collected the voices of more than 60,000 poor women and men from 60 countries, in an unprecedented effort to understand poverty from the perspective of the poor themselves.

When Helping Hurts – Book review by David Mays. Showing compassion to the poor is part of our job description as followers of Jesus, but there is great diversity in ways to do it.  This book focuses on appropriate ways for Christian congregations to help the poor. The first part discusses the fundamental nature of poverty. Part 2 discusses key issues to consider in poverty alleviation and part 3 applies these concepts to economic development.

Same Kind of Different As Me – This book and its sequel (What Difference Do it Make) are favorites of some of our staff. The first book tells the story of a  friendship between an international art dealer and a modern-day slave from Louisiana. Both books are written by the two men who lived the story. A must read!

Breaking Night is the autobiography of Liz Murray who grew up in the Bronx in the 1980s and 90s, Liz dealt with the typical stresses of childhood. But she also had to grapple with being the daughter of drug addicts — which ultimately meant fending for herself as a homeless adolescent. Her story was made into a Lifetime movie as well entitled Homeless to Harvard.

Reach News

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    Race Results & Video

    Wonderful day! Runners —  click Race Results, scroll down to your distance and click to...
  2. Shelter Season Ends

    Shelter Season Ends

    The shelter closed April 6. Opening date for the 2014-15 season will be Sunday, October...


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