September 27th, 2017
There are many institutions in New Haven that are devoted to helping the homeless and at-risk
population with things like food, housing, mental health services, haircuts, childcare, tutoring,
skills building, and more, but one of the needs most overlooked with this community is the
need for feminine hygiene products for women experiencing homelessness. A woman has an
estimated 450 periods in her life, and the burden is heavy when you do not have a home or
regular access to a bathroom and cleaning facilities. That is where Project Period comes in.
Project Period is a new collaborative project between the Yale Hunger and Homelessness
Action Project and the Reproductive Rights Action League at Yale based out of the Yale
Women’s Center. Throughout this semester, both groups will be collecting donations of
feminine hygiene products that will be donated to Loaves & Fishes, which serves a large
segment of the homeless population in New Haven, and Integrated Refugee and Immigrant
Services (IRIS) which helps people resettle in New Haven and get the items they need to live their lives.
Unfortunately, menstrual products are often prohibitively expensive for people living on the
street and are not readily available in public restrooms or given out by service organizations.
While the majority of homeless people in New Haven are male, there is a significant female
contingency among the population and their needs cannot be overlooked.
Drop by the women’s center anytime this semester to donate to Project Period. We are looking
for donations of feminine hygiene products of any type, brand, or quantity. Whether you’re
donating a couple tampons or several packs of pads, your contribution is much appreciated and
will be put to good use in the community. Help us serve the community that has become our
home and provide a service that few others are providing so that health, sanitation, and dignity can prevail.
September 24th, 2017
YHHAP and New Haven
Last week, a team of YHHAP volunteers joined Jesse Hardy's Outreach Project at JHOP's 6th Annual Extravagant Cookout for the Homeless, hosted at Goffe Street Park. Throughout the day, dozens of volunteers streamed through and offered their assistance in serving, cooking, and organizing donations. Clothes of every size, pattern and color were piled high on five rows of tables. Books, housing appliances and basic food items were offered to attendees as well. Along with hot dogs and hamburgers, YHHAP volunteers helped serve pulled pork, chicken and ribs. Donors from around the community offered money, time and supplies to the effort.
JHOP's Cookout is one of many other events that the organization puts together throughout the year. Jesse Hardy, who is formerly homeless himself, devotes his time to improving the lives of the transient community in New Haven. In the spring, he hosts Operation Love Affair with his team of volunteers. The event focuses on helping the community transition out of winter by donating heavy winter coats in favor for lighter attire. When he's not donating his time to the community, Jesse runs a food truck called Jesse's BBQ where he serves up delicious, Southern-inspired foods. YHHAP also donated $200 to the effort along with books, acquired through fellow local nonprofit New Haven Reads.
-Annie Cheng, YHHAP Community Chair
August 29th, 2017
Welcome back all YHHAPers, new and old! We’re looking forward to the start of the semester and have been working hard all summer. We’ve updated our website with the most current information, so please explore the new site! Additionally, thanks to Jason Hu (BK ’19), we’ll be rolling out a new logo design on YHHAP shirts and materials moving forward in the semester!
Our weekly projects will be back in full swing starting next week. Some have been operating all summer, such as Restaurant Rescue Project, a project started last spring by current sophomore Annie Cheng (ES ’20). Most will be resuming soon. If you are interested in joining any of these projects, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are especially looking for new members to join our Kitchen to Kitchen team! This is an impactful but low time commitment project through which volunteers salvage leftovers from Yale Dining to be donated to the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen.
We have a lot on the horizon for this semester and many new ideas to be brought to fruition. Look out for our speaker series that will bring pioneers in fields such as healthcare, policy, and economics to our campus to speak about their work with homeless populations. We are also excited to be connecting with groups at other universities to put on a conference bringing together student leaders interested in homeless advocacy work.
Our unstoppable planning committee for the Youth Shelter is working hard to make sure the shelter will be well equipped to address the most important needs of New Haven’s homeless youth population. Lastly, we’re very excited to be a part of an event called PAWS (Poverty Alleviation through Washing Soles) hosted by Ashton Gores, a second year student at the School of Public Health. Ashton was volunteering at The Neighborhood Health Project when she met a homeless man who asked her to examine his feet. Upon seeing his infected and swollen feet, she resolved to do more to address the overlooked issue of podiatric care in homeless populations. YHHAP was eager to help. We’ll be partnering up with student leaders from Yale’s Professional Schools, such as the School of Public Health, School of Medicine, Divinity School, and School of Forestry and Environmental to help make this event happen. Stay tuned for more information on the event and how you can get involved!
Please be sure to come meet many of our board members and project heads to learn more about what we do at this Sunday’s Extracurricular Bazaar. Looking forward to seeing you all there!
-- The YHHAP Co-Coordinators
With our new website, YHHAP is proud to revitalize our blogging tradition. Affectionately known as "YHHAP-penings," the YHHAP Blog is one of the best ways to stay abreast of YHHAP's current work in New Haven, the activities of various YHHAP projects, and the status of hunger and homelessness issues more broadly. Yes, we are "YHHAP-hyped." Thank you in visiting our blog page. We join you in anticipation of many more posts to come.