Posted – 1/22/15

MILFORD – True to the spirit of giving that prevails in our local community, the Knights of Columbus, John Paul II Council 19335, will hold a Souper Bowl Sunday event on January 31st and February 1st. Proceeds from the event will benefit local organizations.

knights donation PCHOH

Left, Ray Prolux, Kim Pierce

The Knights are a Catholic men’s organization providing helping hands for various charitable projects in both parishes and local communities. This Council represents St. Patrick’s and St. Joseph’s Churches in Milford and Matamoras.

Ray Proulx, trustee of the Knights of Columbus, recently presented Jim Pierce, Vice President of Pike County Hands of Hope (PCHOH) a check for $300 to further PCHOH’s work with the homeless and near-homeless of Pike County. Pierce said these funds would benefit “those PCHOH serves by providing about four nights of shelter for local homeless persons. Cold weather is here, this donation will be used soon.”

These funds were raised by the various fundraising activities sponsored by the Knights during 2014. More information on PCHOH can be obtained through or by calling 570-296-(HOPE)4673.

The Knights Council meets at the St. Patrick Church Hall in Milford on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm. Those desiring information about the Knights of Columbus or wishing to support its local activities can contact the St. Patrick’s Parish Hall at 570-296-7451.

Posted – 1/15/15


Ms. Christine Kerstetter, Executive Director of Pike County Community Planning and Human Development, announced that the annual, national survey of unsheltered homeless persons will take place overnight Wednesday, January 28th. Ms. Kerstetter said “we have expanded the survey effort this year with survey teams from the Pike County Hands of Hope.” She noted the survey teams will be able to actively seek out unsheltered homeless persons for a more accurate and complete survey.

The survey, known as the “Point in Time Survey of the Homeless”, or PIT Survey, is a national effort by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Kerstetter noted that this survey helps find our local residents in need of shelter, provides data for planning solutions to homelessness, and most importantly can provide the homeless persons a contact and first step to seeking assistance and suitable housing.

Pike County Hands of Hope (PCHOH) Vice President Jim Pierce will lead the survey team effort. Pierce said “we’ll send out two-person teams starting at 10:00 PM the night of the survey. We will seek out unsheltered homeless persons on the street, in shopping center parking lots, and other locations not normally associated with overnight stays.” Additionally, he noted that homeless persons in emergency shelters and those placed in hotels or motels by agencies or charitable organizations or others can be included in the count.

Pierce has appealed to community organizations and agencies to notify PCHOH of known locations of specific homeless persons to assist the survey teams. Contact Pierce via PCHOH Hopeline toll-free number 855-296-HOPE (4673), or via email at

For additional information on the survey, contact the lead agency Executive Director Christine Kerstetter at the Pike County Administration Building, 506 Broad Street, Milford PA 18337, via phone at 570 296 3434 or email at


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