Human Services Update

Posted on January 06, 2022 in: General News

The Knitting and Crocheting Ministry will not resume meeting in person again until February 9.  Any changes to the February date will be communicated to the Ministry members and be in the bulletin and on the parish website.
NY Project Hope Online Wellness Groups are support groups that give us a time and place to talk about the emotional challenges and the stress of COVID.  Whether you’re feeling anxious or you’re struggling with a relationship, there is a support group that can help you cope.  The groups are free, confidential and anonymous.

  • Mental Wellness Mondays (2:00pm) - Feeling anxious, depressed or stressed about how COVID has changed your life? Let’s talk about how we can cope with the challenges and changes.
  • Grieving and Healing (Monday 5:30pm) - This group is a safe space to express the challenges that come with the grief and loss experienced during COVID.  Join for support and a chance to talk about different kinds of losses, from social support to employment to a loved one.
  • Covid Longhauler (Tuesday, 2:00pm) - Support for COVID longhaulers with information about the chronic effects of the coronavirus, how that affects mental wellness, and what we can do for ourselves. 

Join online by clicking here.
Join by phone
at: USA Toll 518-549-0500, Access code: 161 778 5545
For additional information, click here: Online Wellness Groups - NY Project Hope Coping with COVID-19
The 2021-2022 Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Emergency benefit component begins Monday, January 3, 2022. 
Emergency benefits are available to assist eligible households with a heating emergency or a heat-related domestic emergency.  Only one Emergency benefit of each type is available per HEAP household for the 2021-2022 season.  Regular component benefits must be utilized first to resolve heating emergencies for eligible households.  Temporary relocation for housing emergencies and propane tank deposits to obtain new propane vendors are also available under the Emergency benefit component.  For details, see the website Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) - click here - or contact the Nassau County HEAP Office at 516-565-4327.  
Project Warmth, the United Way’s emergency energy assistance program, opens January 4, 2022.  Project Warmth offers one time assistance up to $500 for fuel or $200 for fuel-related electricity.  Applications can be accepted with proof of residency, a severely overdue notice (not a closed account) or near empty oil tank (<1/4 of a tank), and a verifiable explanation of the arrears.  There are no income eligibility guidelines for Project Warmth.  Individuals must apply through an advocate.  Contact St. Thomas Human Services at 516-538-7465 for additional information.

Mortgage Foreclosure Clinics at the Nassau County Bar Association - Nassau County residents who are struggling with mortgage foreclosure issues are invited to attend FREE, socially distant clinics at the Nassau County Bar Association in Mineola where they can meet with a volunteer attorney.  Residents may also request an attorney who speaks a different language.  SPACE IS LIMITED.  Registration is REQUIRED!  Call 516-747-4070 ext. 1229 to register.

  • Monday, February 7, 2022 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm


**Attorneys will not provide free legal representation.