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DHS News November 2011

pdf.gif November 2011 DHS Newsletter

SWES ready for operation if temperature drops
The DHS Office of Community Services (OCS) and Pittsburgh Mercy Health System’s Operation Safety Net will again operate the Severe Weather Emergency Shelter (SWES) for the safety of people who are street homeless.

Dignity and Respect Campaign kept busy in November
Although Dignity and Respect Month ended Oct. 31, the DHS Dignity and Respect Campaign kept busy well into November.

Family Visitation Room Project receives large donation, makes strides in awareness
The DHS Office of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) Family Visitation Room Project received a large furniture donation from Point Park University earlier this year to help replenish furniture in CYF visitation rooms. In addition, the Project has made great progress in increasing awareness of the need for family visitation rooms to be welcoming and for the Project’s efforts to garner future donations and volunteer support.

Holiday Project benefits from community ‘gifts’
Through collection drives organized by the business and nonprofit communities as well as gift donations from generous individuals throughout the county, the DHS Holiday Project aims every year to provide at least one meaningful gift during the holidays to children in need who are involved with the DHS Office of Children, Youth and Families.

More Head Start classrooms receive computers from ComputeReach
This past summer, ComputeReach, a Pittsburgh-based humanitarian computer outreach organization, donated 24 computers to the Elizabeth Learning Center, benefiting the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) Head Start program.  

Human Services Coordinator awarded by Children’s Court; DAL Specialist praised for work; AAA honored with national community partnership award

We welcome your story ideas, employee news and comments. If you’ve got news you’d like to see in DHS NEWS, contact:

Jonathan McKain
Assistant Deputy Director
Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services
Office of Community Relations