W. HOSKINS LCSW
To the Editor:
The Princeton Senior Resource Center wishes to thank the Princeton Rotary for their continued support. On June 22, PSRC was presented with a grant to support the LINK Program. This program matches students from area high schools with home-based older adults. The students earn service credit for providing companionship and light chores throughout the year. The LINK Program is currently recruiting students for the coming school year. Interested students can call Sue Tillett at 252-2362.
In addition, PSRC received a Rotary grant toward the purchase of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) for the Suzanne Patterson Building. We are deeply grateful to the Rotary for these expressions of support for programs and services for the older adults in the community.
The Princeton Senior Resource Center is also deeply grateful to the Princeton Borough Council for designating funding on June 22 to support the Tenant Services Programs for the coming year. This program provides social services to older adults living in housing owned by the Housing Authority of Borough of Princeton, supporting their independent living in the community. The program has been a core service of PSRC since its inception 30 years ago, and exemplifies our commitment to supporting healthy aging throughout our diverse community.
SUSAN W. HOSKINS LCSW
To the Editor:
The possibility of having a place to both pick up and drop off books at the Shopping Center was raised in a meeting held at the Library, Tuesday, May 25.
At a meeting attended by Harry Levine, the Library President, Leslie Burger, the Library Director, Bill Hearon and Casey Hegener, Township Committee people, Ira Kaye, owner of the new Shopping Center book shop, and Bob Levine, a proposal was presented to have a desk in the new book store where books or A/V materials library users had put on hold either by computer or by phone could be picked up. Since the Library has already committed to having a pickup box at the new bookstore this would make it possible for those who would prefer not to drive to downtown Princeton and use the new garage to do their library business at the Shopping Center.
The proposal was enthusiastically accepted by Ira Kaye sometime ago. He noted that the library pickup point and the existence of the new Post Office Branch which is under negotiations would provide great convenience for Township and other residents who use the Shopping Center for most of their daily shopping needs.
Harry Levine, who was at first opposed to any outside Library activity, reluctantly agreed after some discussion to bring the matter to the attention of the whole Library Board at their scheduled meeting on July 27. Mr. Levine said that the financial considerations were so small that they could be accommodated by the present library budget. The Board will make the decision.
Harry Levine would prefer us to wait a year until the new library has sorted out its opening problems (and we possibly will have forgotten our request). What he does not realize is that there are still strong feelings among many Township residents who had grown used to the library at the Shopping Center and hoped for a branch. Mr. Levine furthermore does not realize that a lot of Township residents simply do not like to have to go to downtown Princeton and particularly to go a big parking garage.
If you would like to see a Library presence at the shopping center you can let Harry know by either writing him at the Princeton Public Library. 65 Witherspoon St., Princeton 08540, telephoning him at 924-8822 x 250 to leave a message with his assistant, or you can e-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternately if you know any Library Board members contact them directly.
What is being requested is simple, inexpensive, effective and very doable. Make your voice heard now so that we can have at least a library presence now at the Shopping Center.
To The Editor:
Housing Initiatives of Princeton wishes to thank the Princeton community, individual and corporate donors, and volunteers for your generous contributions and support of the organization's recent milestone achievement: two apartments for transitional housing in Princeton.
Housing Initiatives of Princeton is an interfaith coalition of Princeton congregations (Trinity Church, Nassau Presbyterian, Jewish Center, The Unitarian Universalist, United Methodist and Friends Quaker Meeting), HomeFront, a local social service agency, and individuals dedicated to addressing the need for affordable housing and transitional housing in Princeton.
Transitional housing is intended to provide a temporary bridge from homelessness or near homelessness to stable, affordable housing for families willing to participate in a program of supervised supportive services intended to help them move to self-sufficiency in approximately one year. With the help of generous partners and donors, HIP will be able to offer two rent-free apartments to such families in the Princeton area in the very near future
The first apartment was dedicated in a ceremony on May 22, 2004 at 11 Mercer Street, the location of the apartments for transitional housing. The dedication ceremony in partnership with the Unity in the Spirit of America Initiative honored the memory of Tu-Anh Pham, a Princeton resident who perished in the World Trade Center on 9/11.
A very special thanks to the many local officials who attended and participated in the dedication ceremony, including Princeton Borough Mayor Joseph O'Neill, Princeton Township Mayor Phyllis Marchand, Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes, The Hon. Rush Holt, U.S. Representative. Also, Connie Mercer, Executive Director, HomeFront, local leaders of the Housing Initiatives congregations and friends of Housing Initiatives.
The quality renovations and furnishings were achieved only through the generosity of over 23 corporate donors, nearly 100 individual donors and 40 volunteers!
We shall always be grateful for your support of our efforts to bridge the gap between homelessness and stable, affordable housing!
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