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LATEST NEWS: RIBBON CUTTING AND OPEN HOUSE
On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house were held to celebrate the opening of Joseph's House. Special guests included Camden Mayor Dana Redd and Jon Bon Jovi.
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Joseph's House opened on January 21, 2014 during a Code Blue alert. Since then we have served at least 75 homeless women and men each night. Below are pictures of the building renovations.
 
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  Joseph's House is a member in the United Way Donor Choice Program. If you would like to support Joseph's House through the United Way, there are three possible ways you can make a donation. First, you can make a donation through your work place by simply providing them with the Joseph's House Donor Code, which is 50704. If your employer does not offer that option, you can print out the Pledge Form. Simply complete the form and send it to the address indicated. Please include the Joseph's House Donor Code on your check. And finally, you can always call the United Way at 215.665.2598. Tell them you'd like to make a credit card donation over the phone and again, give them the Joseph's House Donor Code, 50704. We are happy to join with so many other member agencies who are doing so much good in the Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey area. As always, thank you for your continued support of our ministry. 
 
  NEWSLETTER  
Counting the homeless in America's poorest city
By Blake Ellis (CNNMoney, February 13, 2014)
As the temperature plunged into the low teens on a January morning in Camden, N.J., seven aid workers set out on a daunting mission: to count the homeless in the nation's poorest city.

Making rounds to shelters, warming centers, soup kitchens and "tent cities," the workers and volunteers helping out with this year's count were trying to find as many homeless people as they could within 24 hours.

The federal government requires communities to conduct a homeless count at least every other year to qualify for funding for homeless services like emergency shelter, food and job training.

In Camden, the need is huge. No city in the country is poorer: The poverty rate is roughly 40% and the median household income is a mere $26,000 -- compared to $51,000 nationally. It's also the most dangerous city in the country; drugs are everywhere and unemployment stands at 13%.

Social services agencies across the country already had their federal funding cut by at least 5% last year. That led many organizations in Camden to run out of money by October, says Shantel Garner, a project specialist at Community Planning & Advocacy Council, the nonprofit in charge of organizing Camden's homeless count.

Advocacy groups like Garner's conduct these Point-in-Time counts, and the results help the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determine local and national trends in homelessness and assess need in individual areas.

Last year's homeless count found only 589 homeless people in the 513,000-person county of Camden, and homeless advocates say this number is significantly understated.

CNNMoney joined Garner when she started counting people around 8 p.m. on Tuesday night. Her first stop was Joseph's House, a 75-bed shelter that opened a week earlier.

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