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The bitter/sweet winter of 2013-2014 is outta here!

The winter was trying.  The CHOC served more people than any other previous winter in its history.  It remains to be seen if the unprecedented increase in need for shelter was related to the severe cold and snow or the changes in our new world of limited and/or reduced access to needed services and benefits for those in the most need: food stamp cuts took effect on a national level as did a halt to extended unemployment benefits.  On the State level Medicare expansion has been rejected and many are still without medical coverage in spite of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.   In spite of this the people that represent the “numbers” above are as amazing as ever and part of the reason for the bitter/sweetness of the winter.  Here are some highlights: Bitter: the cold and snow that started early and continued for a couple of months Sweet: the warmth and kindness that residents consistently showed to each other. Bitter: the death of 1 staff member after suffering a stroke and the death of 2 residents Sweet: the kindness of the residents and staff in the midst of such grief.  The CHOC truly...

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Homelessness on the rise in Montgomery County

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