Don't worry, you still have a little more than 11 weeks to be prepared for Christmas! However, for our CSL locations, the Christmas season begins in full swing the Monday after our Luminous Gala (Monday, November 5). Why is that?
Christmas Stores at seven of our locations open their doors the week of December 10, so gift and meal counts are finalized by the week of December 3, which means we need all collections to be wrapping (pun intended!) up right after Thanksgiving. A good collection lasts 10-15 days, so we have to start our work in earnest right after the gala is over!
CSL projects to help Santa Claus deliver more than 10,000 Christmas presents to our neighboring kids, and support families with more than 2,000 Christmas meal baskets. Like everything we do at CSL, it takes a community-wide effort to support such a huge endeavor. So, how can you help?
1) Host a collection - you can host a drive to collect Christmas toys and/or meal items at your place of work, your church, your neighb...
On October 1, 2018, CSL began its third contract for services under the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Supportive Housing Program. What does that all mean?
From HUD's website about Supportive Housing: "The Supportive Housing program is designed to promote the development of supportive housing and supportive services to assist homeless persons in transitioning from homelessness, and to promote the provision of supportive housing to enable homeless persons to live as independently as possible. Grants under the Supportive Housing Program are awarded through a national competition held annually."
CSL now has three contracts for service, each renewable annually with HUD, based on performance and outcomes. In total, the value of the three contracts is $658,669, and we house 49 families, with a cumulative total of 46 children. We offer "scattered site" housing, meaning CSL holds the lease for all 49 units, and every family has a full-time, dedicated Case Man...