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Impact of Poverty on Juvenile Court-Involved Children and Families
February 25, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Conversation with One Can Help founder and director, Anne Bader Martin
We are pleased to introduce our organization, One Can Help to our fellow Temple Emanuel members. Many supporters of OCH are Temple Emanuel members, and have been involved in this unique social justice-focused nonprofit from the ground up, beginning in 2006.
OCH Board members include Temple Emanuel members Barbara Gaffin, Diane Gardner, Ray Molly Goldberg Erlich, and Debbie Levenson, and Jan Moidel Schwartz recently joined our Advisory Counsel.
Questions? Please contact Barbara Goldman (Please RSVP)
One Can Help provides underserved children and families in the Massachusetts juvenile court system with the critical resources they need to build better futures. Often the poor have difficulty accessing these essential supports.
For example, providing a bus pass helps a struggling parent find a job. Paying for an after-school activity helps a child, who needs more supervision, giving a laptop to a teen in foster care helps them keep up with their peers at school, and helping with emergency rent can keep a family from becoming homeless. Lives can be significantly changed when urgent assistance is provided at the moment it is urgently needed, so that they can overcome a specific hurdle caused by poverty.
OCH’s innovative approach makes it possible to provide timely and immediate individualized assistance to this needy population, effectively, efficiently and responsibly.
This is a hand up, not simply a hand out.
OCH’s outcomes survey shows that providing this targeted assistance has significant measurable impact: stabilizing housing, preventing homelessness, improving family relationships, reducing foster care, improving school performance and helping our juvenile court and child welfare systems better support vulnerable children and families.