It’s been said, “if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.”
As an emergency resource center, our mission is focused first and foremost around giving a person in need a fish (or emergency food and personal care items) to ease their burden. When Sandy hit in 2012, we were there for the thousands of families affected by hunger who needed emergency food. When the government shutdown affected families in the beginning of 2019, we were helping families make it through that tough time by supplying them with access to food and financial support though gift cards. And when the homeless and hungry veterans need food immediately, we are there for them too. Emergency situations require immediate solutions and often those solutions happen on a large scale.
But what about the reoccurring clients? Many clients come to our pantries week after week and continue to fight to make ends meet when they are unemployed or underemployed. For these members of our community, we have answers. The original program was started in the 1980’s by Sandy Chapin and has developed over the years. Today, New Paths To Achievement is a program that creates avenues to employment.
“I’ll hold your hand through the process,” Lisa Owens, the current program coordinator said when discussing it in a recent episode of Breaking Bread, our YouTube series that discusses the inner workings of Long Island Cares. Lisa said the program is designed to equip job seekers with the basics–like resume writing–and then connect job seekers with employers they might not otherwise connect with.
In 2018 alone, we assisted 466 individuals who came through our doors for services and support. But it’s not a hand out; the program is only for people who want to work and are going to take initiative in their own job search.
If you are a job seeker or have open positions you are hiring for, please fill out this form to connect with the New Paths Coordinator. And if you would like to contribute to the work of Long Island Cares, click here to make a donation.
Take a look at the clip below to hear more from Lisa Owens and please SHARE this post with friends and family to spread the word about the paths to achievement that help bridge the gap.