Our work is characterized by boldness, creativity and a commitment to innovation. This blog offers a space to highlight the work of our team members as well as their unique perspectives on ongoing and emerging issues related to homelessness, health and community building.
As a birth and postpartum Doula, Yvette Rouget saw how unhealthy pregnant teenage girls were in Brownsville, Brooklyn. She then looked at herself and saw how inactive she had become. Yvette decided to do something to improve women’s health in her community, and we’re delighted that she has joined our Brownsville Partnership (BP) team as a Resource Specialist. In this role she will organize neighbors to create a safer and healthier Brownsville.
Anderson Cooper and the 60 Minutes team brought us moving stories of several of Nashville's homeless residents, many of whom are now housed. We wanted to provide an update on a few of them.
(Photo: Helmut was in his eighties and had spent years on the streets when Hollywood4WRD, the Hollywood, CA team participating in the 100,000 Homes Campaign, moved him into permanent housing. Credit: JB Rutagarama)
To many Americans, homelessness can feel like a problem so big it can't be helped. Perhaps you've always wanted to help but wondered where to start...
“If you remember nothing else I say, remember the distinction between a program and a process. A program is a solution to a problem, but a good process is a way of finding solutions and applying a methodology to many contexts and many problems. It’s much more valuable to have a good process than a good program any day,” our President, Rosanne Haggerty, told students at Amherst College last November, where her alma mater was holding a TEDx conference on “Disruptive Innovation.”
When did you first become philanthropists?
My grandfather had a small foundation and some of his friends and my father were the directors. As a teenager and young adult I would attend the meetings and participate in some of the decisions. I grew up in an environment that values philanthropy and it is something that is deeply important to both of us and that we are trying to instill in our children.
What are the questions you ask about organizations before you decide to support them?
Community Solutions’ President, Rosanne Haggerty, and our 100,000 Homes Campaign Director, Becky Kanis, led the effort to reduce street homelessness in Times Square by 85 percent.
Through donated ad space, we were given the opportunity to tell more people about the gamechanging work of our 100,000 Homes Campaign. Visit our ad in Times Square or check it out below!
Community Solutions helps communities improve the housing and health of their most vulnerable residents by working with outstanding local leaders and organizations throughout the country.
This holiday season, we wanted to highlight some of the great work of our partners. They inspire us with their commitment, creativity and readiness to collaborate to get important work accomplished.