Today is Giving Tuesday

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Support RCAP Solutions’ SafeStep Shelter Program!

donation amts to ss familiesDomestic abuse victims and their families often escape their abusers with nothing but the clothes on their back to call their own.

RCAP Solutions’ SafeStep Emergency Assistance Shelter provides shelter, housing and stabilization services for these fragile and homeless families at their most desperate time of need.

Your donation will mean more families will be provided with food, toiletries, and furnished homes when they enter the SafeStep program.

Today, we kick off our year-end campaign.

Please click here to make a donation and help us reach our goal of raising $10,000 this holiday season to help Worcester County families in need.

To learn more about SafeStep, please click here.

 

New Report: State Program Keeps Worcester County Families Housed, Saves Commonwealth Millions Every Year

RCAP Solutions praises the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition program

Nov. 22, 2016 (Worcester) – This past year, the state’s largest family homelessness prevention program kept 300 families out of emergency shelter, and in doing so saved Massachusetts $10.3 million.

A report released this week, called “RAFT 2015-2016: Residential Assistance for Families in Transition in Worcester County,” takes a look at RAFT and how it helped families in Worcester County in fiscal 2015 and 2016. The report – from the Regional Housing Network of Massachusetts and RCAP Solutions – shows the value of the program, not only in how many families are diverted from emergency shelter every year but also in the economic savings for the commonwealth.

The Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program helps families with very low and extremely low incomes who are on the verge of becoming homeless. The majority of these clients are women in their 30s with two children, the report shows.

“My life was collapsing slowly, I had no hope,” said Tracy, an RCAP Solutions RAFT client. “I couldn’t imagine doing it on my own. [Now] my children and I are in a happy place.  We are thankful for RCAP Solutions – they have helped my family and me tremendously. With everything, they gave me hope; they gave me the strength to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks to the RAFT program my family is complete and we were given a second chance of being happy, reunited. We are complete.”

RAFT clients – who apply for help at RCAP Solutions or one of 10 other housing agencies statewide – can receive up to $4,000 annually to help stave off homelessness. Although they can use the aid from year to year, most do not: less than one percent of RAFT users (only two out of 300 clients), in 2016 had received aid the year prior, demonstrating how effective RAFT is at keeping people housed.

After deemed eligible, families use the flexible RAFT benefits to stay stably housed, by helping to pay for housing needs such as back rent, utility bills, child care, start-up rental expenses, moving costs and more.

“RAFT is vitally important in helping families in danger of losing their homes,” stated Karen A. Koller, President & CEO of RCAP Solutions. “This report shows that it is dramatically less expensive to help families maintain their housing and to avoid the emergency shelter system once a family becomes homeless.  RAFT is critical in helping families remain in safe, affordable housing and as a result, experiencing fewer traumas and retaining their dignity.”

If RAFT were not available, the state could expect to pay $36,855 a year to keep a family sheltered for an average stay of 10 and a half months; in 2016 in the RCAP Solutions service area, it would’ve cost the commonwealth $11,056,500. RAFT aid payments only cost $800,707 by comparison.

For information about RAFT Assistance, call 800.488.1969 and ask to speak with a housing counselor.

To vew the full Worcester county report click here: RCAP Solutions RAFT Report

To view the statewide report click here: RAFT in Mass 2016

About RCAP Solutions, Inc.

RCAP Solutions has been helping people throughout central Massachusetts with a wide range of housing and supportive services since 1969. Our mission is to foster personal and public self-reliance and improve the quality of life for individuals, families and the communities in which they live. RCAP Solutions is the Worcester County affiliate of The Regional Housing Network of Massachusetts and the Northeast affiliate to the national RCAP (Rural Community Assistance Partnership) Network. For more information, please visit www.rcapsolutions.org.

About The Regional Housing Network of Massachusetts

The Regional Housing Network of Massachusetts has worked on a regional level to address the needs of constituents for 38 years. Network members – Berkshire Housing Development Corporation, Community Teamwork Inc., Franklin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, HAPHousing, Housing Assistance Corporation, Housing Solutions for Southeastern Massachusetts, Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership Inc., RCAP Solutions Inc. and South Middlesex Opportunity Council Inc. – cover the commonwealth and are available to all 351 cities and towns for assistance with housing development, management and policy setting. All of this is in addition to the network’s core work of implementing and managing innovative and traditional housing programs designed to assist people of all income levels. Learn more at www.regionalhousing.net.

 

Warm Hands Warm Hearts 2016

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RCAP Solutions is collecting hats, mittens, gloves and scarves throughout the months of November and December for families in need.

Your generous donation will provide local children and families in our Safe Step Emergency Assistance Shelter for victims of domestic violence with a little extra warmth this holiday season.

Donated items can be handmade or purchased.

All items will be distributed to local families in early December.

For more information, contact Emily Farrand, Chief Human Resources Officer, 978-630-6647, efarrand@rcapsolutions.org.

 

Items can be donated at the following locations:

Gardner Office: 205 School Street, Gardner, MA (4th Floor)

Worcester Office: 12 East Worcester Street, Worcester, MA (2nd Floor)

Property Manager Office at any of our properties:

Atwood Acres: 66 Dudley Road, Townsend, MA

Bolton Country Manor: 600 Main St., Bolton, MA

Cottage Street Apartments: 198 Harrington St., B5, Athol, MA

Groton Commons: 74 Willowdale Road, Groton, MA

Hapgood Apartments: 25 Cheney Street, Athol, MA

Hubbardston House Apartments: 1 Old Princeton Road Cut-Off, Hubbardston, MA

New Horizons Apartments: 20 Benson Ave., Worcester, MA

Rockdale House Apartments: 63 School St., Northbridge, MA

Slater Estates: 96 Slater Street, Webster, MA

Townsend Woods: 70 Dudley Road, Townsend, MA

Ten Reasons to Contribute to RCAP Solutions:

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 With ten days left until the end of the fiscal year, we ask you to consider

Ten Reasons to Contribute to RCAP Solutions:

10. Because you care about safe, clean drinking water. Well before Flint, Michigan made headlines, RCAP Solutions has provided technical assistance and training to help small, rural communities throughout the northeast and Puerto Rico address their drinking water, wastewater, and other community development needs.

9. Because you care about families at risk of homelessness. Each night, approximately 4,000 families with children and pregnant women sleep in shelters or hotels. This does not include families who are doubled up, living in unsafe conditions, or sleeping in their cars. RCAP Solutions offers assistance to help families in crisis and those going off public assistance, including homelessness prevention counseling, financial literacy counseling, financial and housing assistance and other supportive services.

8. Because you care about seniors. Long before Baby Boomers began turning 65, RCAP Solutions has offered an array of elder service programs which can assist our aging population and those who are disabled to remain safely and affordably in their homes and communities.

7. Because you care about domestic violence survivors. Abuse victims often flee their homes and become homeless in search of safety and better lives for themselves and their family. RCAP Solutions provides housing, counseling, education and employment opportunities needed to support families and establish their independence as a domestic violence survivor.

6. Because you care about affordable housing. Much before skyrocketing rates and housing bubbles, RCAP Solutions began providing programs to assist tenants in paying for their rent as well as managing properties in order to provide safe, affordable housing for the elderly, disabled and families throughout Worcester County.

5. Because you care about veterans. Many veterans live with lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. Additionally, military occupations and training are not always transferable to the civilian workforce, placing veterans at increased risk for homelessness. RCAP Solutions offers a supportive housing program for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

4. Because you care about people with disabilities. Nearly 1 in 5 people in America have a disability. RCAP Solutions offers several programs which can assist people with disabilities to remain in their homes, including a home modification loan program, special rental assistance programs and client service programs for our housing residents.

3. Because you care about your community and the people in it. As an advocate for affordable housing, clean water and keeping our local families and communities safe and healthy, RCAP Solutions provides housing, educational, financial and technical programs for Worcester County. From the youngest to the eldest citizens, we care about those that are most vulnerable within our communities.

2. Because you believe in second chances. RCAP Solutions‘ mission begins with the words “to foster personal and public self-reliance”. We don’t provide handouts, but offer supportive programs and services to those who need it most.

1. Because you care about how your money is spent. As a careful recipient of your tax dollars, RCAP Solutions has always turned funds that come to the organization directly into service for others. While some of our grants include administrative and operating fees, our last three audits showed that less than 10% of our total budget is spent on administrative costs. RCAP Solutions is a 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax deductible. No matter what the size of the donation, it will help to fund our programs that support individuals, families and communities.

Contribute to RCAP Solutions.

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We thank you for your generosity and support.

Please click here to make a donation today.

Thank you!

 

Housing Opportunities in Worcester

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RCAP Solutions is pleased to participate in an informational session:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016  9:00 – 10:30 AM

Presented by Jim Brooks, Healthy Homes Program Manager from the Executive Offi­ce of Economic Development, Housing Development Division

CMAR – 492 Washington Street, Auburn

Learn about:

  • City of Worcester Post-TRID Down Payment Assistance
  • Review TRID compliant City of Worcester Down payment Assistance Plan
  • Update on Healthy Homes Grants
  • The Massachusetts Housing Partnership’s “One” Mortgage Program

For additional information click here: HousingOpps-Worcester-June22-2016

12 Mass Rental Vouchers Available

online_applicationDHCD has allocated 12 Massachusetts Rental Vouchers for chronically homeless individuals in Worcester County.

Applications may be obtained at:
Central MA Housing Alliance, Inc. (CMHA)
6 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609
Attn: James Cruickshank

You may download the application by clicking here

Applications are also available by mail by calling: 508-791-7265, ext. 134

Application Deadline: April 29, 2016 5:00 PM

COMPLETED applications must meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP).

Lottery Date (If required): May 2, 2016

Informational flyer available by clicking here 

#GivingTuesday is Today!

 

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Today, we kick off our year-end campaign to support survivors of domestic violence.

SafeStep families often escape their abusers with nothing to call their own. Your donation will mean more families will be provided with essential items and furnished homes when they enter the SafeStep program. Learn more about SafeStep.

Please click here to help families in need.

Finally, help us spread the word by taking the #SafeStepForward Challenge. Tell your friends that you support SafeStep families on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #SafeStepForward.

dvJessica Feared For Her Life Everyday

Jessica lived a life that many only dreamed of. She attended college, was financially successful and about to marry the man of her dreams. After the wedding, Jessica soon realized her husband was not who he seemed to be. He cut off her access to their finances and isolated her from friends and family. The abuse started with her husband verbally belittling her in front of their child. Things quickly escalated and Jessica became fearful of her husband who began to physically abuse her. Read More

#GivingTuesday is today, December 1, 2015. Please give to RCAP Solutions today so families like Jessica’s can rebuild their lives free of domestic violence.

Our Mission: To foster personal and public self-reliance and improve the quality of life for individuals, families and the communities in which they live.

Warm Hands Warm Hearts

heart_snow_arms_mittens_11095_1680x1050RCAP Solutions is collecting hats, mittens, gloves and scarves throughout the month of November for families in need.

Your generous donation will provide local children and families in our SafeStep domestic violence housing program with a little extra warmth this holiday season.

Donated items can be handmade or purchased.

All items will be distributed to local families in early December.

For more information, contact Emily Farrand, Chief Human Resources Officer, 978-630-6647, efarrand@rcapsolutions.org.

 

Items can be donated at the following locations:

Gardner Office: 205 School Street, Gardner, MA (4th Floor)

Worcester Office: 12 East Worcester Street, Worcester, MA (2nd Floor)

Property Manager Office at any of our properties:

Atwood Acres: 66 Dudley Road, Townsend, MA

Bolton Country Manor: 600 Main St., Bolton, MA

Cottage Street Apartments: 198 Harrington St., B5, Athol, MA

Groton Commons: 74 Willowdale Road, Groton, MA

Hapgood Apartments: 25 Cheney Street, Athol, MA

Hubbardston House Apartments: 1 Old Princeton Road Cut-Off, Hubbardston, MA

New Horizons Apartments: 20 Benson Ave., Worcester, MA

Rockdale House Apartments: 63 School St., Northbridge, MA

Slater Estates: 96 Slater Street, Webster, MA

Townsend Woods: 70 Dudley Road, Townsend, MA

Take the #SafeStepForward Challenge

#SAFESTEPFORWARDWe Believe in a Better Future

Providing Safety and Stability for Domestic Violence Survivors and their Children, through Housing and Case Management

 

 

Take the #SafeStepForward Challenge today!

This initiative will help us provide our families with the essential items they need to start a life free from domestic abuse.It costs approximately $2,000 to furnish a SafeStep home. We are looking to raise at least $5,000 to support these families.

A $25 donation could give a child in the SafeStep program hats, mittens and scarves that would keep them warm throughout the cold New England winter or a $50 donation could provide a SafeStep mom with a monthly bus pass to get to her job. Any donation amount gives the essential items families need while transitioning into healthy homes at the end of the two year program.

DonateAfterTweet EditedSSF you accept our challenge to donate, go to Facebook and Twitter and post about your contribution using the hashtag: #SafeStepForward . Monetary donations can be made through our website. Make your donation now, click the “Donate” button to visit our donate page.

Items NeededPurchase items needed for survivors and bring them to our headquarters at 12 East Worcester Street in Worcester, MA or to our corporate offices located at 205 School Street in Gardner, MA. We can also pick up  donations, just call 978-630-6714 to schedule a pick-up time. Click the “Items Needed” button to see a list of items needed.

 

2000px-Recycle001.svgDonate electronic waste that will be recycled through Planet Green Recycle. A box of 20 electronics for recycling translates to $50 dollars that will help a SafeStep family. Drop-off e-waste at our recycling boxes at headquarters at 12 East Worcester Street in Worcester, MA or at our corporate offices at 205 School Street in Gardner, MA. *This recycling event will continue after the #SafeStepForward challenge.

 

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Conveniently donate to our program while shopping on AmazonSmile, just select RCAP Solutions as your non-profit and .5% of your purchase cost will go to RCAP Solutions programs.

 

 

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Finally, don’t forget to tell everyone you made a difference! After you donate, post it to your Facebook and Twitter pages using our #SafeStepForward post.

“I helped a local family take a #SafeStepForward by donating $          to RCAP Solutions!

 

About SafeStep

This year, SafeStep provided twenty-four adults and forty-seven children with safe homes. These families entered our program in search of a new beginningSafestep 4, fleeing their partner and the physical and emotional abuse inflicted upon them.

SafeStep is a transitional housing program that helps survivors build stable lives through counseling, education, and employment. Our case managers work with each family providing them with the tools they need to succeed. Our families, who are referred from homeless shelters throughout the area often flee their abusers with little or nothing to call their own. With your help, we can provide them with the tools needed to take a safe step forward and build a stable and better life.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

DVAM-with-Purple-RibbonRCAP Solutions is one of only a small number of agencies in the Commonwealth that administers the SafeStep program, offering housing and case management for families that have survived domestic violence.  This 24-month scattered site transitional program, provides families with safe, temporary housing and the opportunity to learn the life and financial skills necessary to create a new and healthy life with their families. For more on the SafeStep program, please click here.

As part of an initiative to increase community awareness about domestic violence, we will be participating in the WYCA‘s ceremony proclaiming Domestic Violence Awareness Month, followed by a free community fair, featuring local agencies that provide opportunites for local families, with a focus on domestic violence services and low income household needs. We invite you to join us at this important community event.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Ceremony: 3:30 PM, Fair: 4:00 – 6:00 PMpurple logo

YWCA, 1 Salem Square, Worcester

For more information, please review the Community Fair Flyer