Cochran Firm's Helping Hands Blog

Northeast Ohio Gets Into the Holiday Spirit

Last year Northeast Ohio entered its "Holiday Spirit" campaign. Every year the area focuses on helping the homeless. Two organizations that were highlighted last year were the women's shelter, Transitional Housing, Inc., and a men's shelter, Y-Haven Transitional Housing. Both locations offer those without homes food, shelter, counseling and hope before individuals are able to get back on their feet. . Transitional Housing, Inc has been serving the community for over 20 years. It was transformed from a motel to a place where homeless women can stay up to two years. Its location holds approximately 63 individuals and provides different services that lead to self-sufficiency. Y-Haven is a division of Cleveland's YMCA which serves over 130 men. It also provides mental illness treatment, vocational services and educational training. Either one of these organizations can motivate many who are in need. For example, I found out that a young man who was a resident of Y-Haven is now pursuing his degree in social work! For more information about housing assistance, please visit the following links

Thanksgiving Dinner Served in Biloxi-Gulfport, Mississippi

Free Thanksgiving meals will be available at the following on Thursday, November 26, 2009:

American Legion Hall 701 Green Meadows Blvd. Bay St. Louis, MS 39520 Restaurant-style dinner being served from 11 am to 2 pm Open to all communities Take-out meals available. For more information, call 228-326-7560
Gulf Coast Rescue Mission 2750 Mission Lane Biloxi, MS 39531 Roast turkey and all the trimmings will be served from noon to 4 pm. Take-out meals available. For more information, call 228-388-3884 or 228-388-6364.
New Birth Full Gospel Baptist Church 1805 Pass Road Gulfport, MS Dinner will be served from 1 pm to 3 pm. For more information, call 228-343-5780 or 228-669-1688

United Way Awarded Grants from IRS to Offer Tax Services

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has awarded grants to nonprofit agencies that plan to offer free tax preparation services next year. The Birmingham Business Journal reports that the United Way of Central Alabama received $41,200 in grants. Almost $8 million in the matching grants were warded nationwide by the governmental agency as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.

Memphis feeding those in need a Holiday Meal

Every year for the last 24 years those in need have been provided the "Memphis Thanksgiving Day Dinner". This year's no different. Similar to years past flu shots and health screenings will also be available to those in attendance. Hundreds of volunteers are needed to feed an expected 1,500 people. There's still time to donate gloves, hats, socks, blankets, and warm boots. To Donate: Drop off new socks, gloves, knit caps, blankets and toys at any Ashley Furniture Homestore, 7200 Winchester, 2385 N. Germantown Rd, 5228 Summer and 6129 Airways in Southaven. When: Thursday November 26th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main To Volunteer: Contact the Office of Youth Services at 901-576-6528 For more information Click.

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The Salvation Army Northside Food Pantry located at 31 Highway 43 South in Saraland is open from 1 - 3 pm every Thursday. To access the food pantry:
  • you may visit once every 90 days;
  • you must be a resident of North Mobile county;
  • you must have a current valid drivers license and a signed Social Security card for each person.
For more information, call 251-675-1952.

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