Oswego AmeriCorps Members Work with DSS to Help Homeless Population

OSWEGO – Due to the growing homeless population in Oswego County, the Oswego County Department of Social Services has partnered with the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, Oswego County Opportunities, and Catholic Charities to utilize AmeriCorps members under the Economic Opportunity Program to help provide homeless services for many at-risk individuals.

The program began earlier this fall.

“Since Oswego County has no homeless shelters, it is imperative that we coordinate services with community partners to provide cohesive case management to individuals in need,” said Gidget Stevens, director of assistance programs for the County Department of Social Services.

AmeriCorps members Mike Butler, Jamie Colvin and Sonja Henson are currently serving at the Oswego County DSS working with individuals in need of housing.

They assist customers on their housing search, connect them with different landlords and provide them with helpful information, including referrals to OCO or Catholic Charities for further assistance.

AmeriCorps members address critical needs in communities all across America.

Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local agencies and national nonprofit groups.

Members experience the tremendous reward that comes from helping others.

They gain career skills while receiving a modest living allowance and earning an education award to help pay for college or pay back qualified student loans.

Visit AmeriCorps.gov for more information.

Oswego AmeriCorps is currently accepting applications for the fall 2014-2015 program year.

Site opportunities are located around the county including DSS, OCO, and Catholic Charities.

Each site has its own educational and experience requirements.

Applications can be found at http://www.oswegocounty.com/youth/Americorps.html

For more information, contact Kathy Andolina at 315-349-3451 or email [email protected]