Story and photos by Carol Montana
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (November 7, 2013) – Most people know that the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless acts as a food pantry for Sullivan County.
“The Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless is committed to to developing individualized and community wide plans for disadvantaged people to break the cycles of poverty that cause homelessness and hunger. To this end we provide education to consumers and goods and services to those who are without resources.”
In the photo above, Celina Ruiz with her son Azaya Medina pick out some kids’ boots and coats.
As part of that mission, The Federation held a winter clothing event on Wednesday, October 9. Partnering with a Facebook group called “A Friend in Need,” The Federation was the site of “Gear Up For Winter,” a morning devoted to helping people in need find winter jackets, scarves, boots, hats and other clothing (at no cost) to keep them warm during the long, cold Sullivan County winter.
In the photo at left, 90-year-old Alfred Houghtaling poses with Ellen Neumann. The WWII disabled veteran came looking for “a blanket, a jacket, and maybe a wife.”
“Gear Up For Winter” attendees were also treated to a special breakfast and prizes that were donated by various local businesses.
Event coordinators, Kathy Kreiter, Director of the Federation, and her sister Ellen Neumann, administrator of “A Friend in Need” assisted the attendees looking for clothing and helped to keep the line moving.
In photo above right, Monticello resident Vernon Isaac with Kreiter. Isaac picked up a couple of warm sweaters.
Some of the items donated by Sullivan County residents.
For more information about the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-794-2604.