For January, February, and March of 2019, the Pike County Hands of Hope Hope Line received 63 calls. 10 (16%) of these callers were identified as homeless; 12 (19%) were identified as near-homeless. Five of these calls were unable to have a full intake completed due to a loss in communication; the callers were unable to be reached by the Hope Line Volunteers and did not call the Hope Line back after the initial call.
Three 1-week long hotel stays were authorized and 2 were placed in shelters. 3 callers received either a gas card or a food gift card, and all received or were offered toiletries. Many were referred to local food pantries and food distributions, as well as free community meals throughout the area.
29 callers were referred to various other agencies such as Safe Haven, Workforce Development, Salvation Army, Northern Penn Legal Aid, United Way, TREHAB, Red Cross, Pike County Assistance office, 211, and the SHARE Housing program among others.
All Hope Line callers are reminded to accept blocked calls when calling the Pike County Hands of Hope Hope Line for assistance. Our volunteers use *67 to hide their numbers and to protect their privacy when returning calls to Hope Line callers. These calls may show up on your phone as “blocked,” “restricted,” “private,” or “unknown,” depending on the various carriers. Callers are also encouraged to leave the best time to call when leaving a message. Our Hope Line Volunteers make several attempts over the course of 3 days to return calls.
Pike County Hands of Hope is a Christ-centered organization dedicated to providing compassion and hope to the homeless and near-homeless families and individuals by meeting their basic and urgent needs of food, clothing and shelter.