The Board of Directors and staff met for a strategic planning retreat on November 5th, 2016. It was a very fruitful time together discussing and planning for the future. The Hospitality Center started as a response to the needs of the community in 1992. Communities change, and so do the needs. While we continue to meet the basic necessities of food and daytime shelter, we have been very intentional in understanding the current difficulties our constituents encounter. We have spent a considerable amount of time exploring ways in which we can meet some of these challenges within our mission. Our new programs are directly related to addressing these issues. The strategic planning retreat was facilitated by Megan McVety, Principal and Co-founder of Capacity For Change, LLC.
“It made me feel human again”
For many of our clients, a salon visit is a luxury they cannot afford, but the dignity and confidence a new haircut brings is invaluable. Barber John Johnson of Hairzone in Norristown visits our center on the first Wednesday on each month to offer his services to our clients. Our client’s needs and challenges are both diverse and complex; but the joy a fresh haircut can bring is universal. The center would like to thank Mr. Johnson for his time and expertise and we look forward to an ongoing relationship.
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In response to the need in the community,the Board of Directors at the Hospitality Center made a decision to keep the Center open longer hours during the day, beginning in December of 2016. We will now stay open from 7am – 3 pm from Monday through Friday. Saturday hours will remain the same – 7.00 am – 11:30 am. This decision was made in order to meet a gap in the services in Norristown. In the winter months, many of our clients who are temporarily housed in shelters in the community have nowhere to go in the day until their shelters open up late in the afternoon. For a long time now, they have been waiting at the transportation center or McDonald’s during the in-between times. Now, having a place where they can take shelter from the cold weather is a blessing to them. The Center offers a variety of programs which are aimed at strengthening their life skills. A safe space group program for women which is held in collaboration with the victims services of Montgomery county, cooking classes in collaboration with the Food Trust, Art Therapy, basic computer skills, job training are some of the programs offered during the extended hours. We look forward to a busy fall/winter season here at the Hospitality Center and ask for your continued support.