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Here is the July 2017  Tasks for Transit newsletter.  In this newsletter we share our latest news, publish some basic statistics and describe two recently added partner charities.   We will use the abbreviation TFT for Tasks for Transit throughout this newsletter.

Brian Manning, Co-editor

Steve McClure, Co-editor

News
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Tasks for Transit is in a growth spurt.  In 2017, we plan to more than double the number of bus day passes we distributed in 2016.

  • We are now serving 16 partner charities, on track to increase the number of partner charities to 21 by year's end by adding one new partner charity every month.  
  • In May we added Veterans Inc. as a partner charity, specifically the programs that deal with homeless veterans.We did not add any organization in June.
  • In July we added both Visitation House and Planned Parenthood.  
  • Recently, TFT received a a very generous $1,000 donation from the Fred Harris Daniels Foundation.
  • In June, Tom Baker joined the TFT Board of Directors.

    Status

    From March 2015 to July 2017 
    Number of charities supported = 16

    WRTA day passes dispensed = 1570

    TFT Partner Charities

    What is a Partner Charity?

    It is TFT's Partner Charities that actually dispense the WRTA individual bus day passes.  Since TFT is  trying to target the economically disadvantaged, TFT chooses partners that service this type of client on  a daily basis.  They have the deeper understanding necessary to recognize a person and his or her situation that justifies dispensing a free individual day pass.  These partners charities are typically  501(c)(3)  organizations that are not able to provide transportation to their clients.. TFT enables them to do that.

    The sixteen organizations that are currently TFT partners charity are:

    • South Worcester Neighborhood Center
    • Standup for Kids (homeless youth)
    • Safe Homes (LGBT youth)
    • Parent/Professional Advocacy League (youth mental health)
    • Straight Ahead Ministries (Felons coming out of prisons)
    • Clemente Courses in the Humanities
    • Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Worcester (families in crisis)
    • Hope Coalition (troubled youth)
    • Woodland Academy  (homeless families)
    • YWCA Domestic Violence Services (abused families in crisis)
    • Worcester Homeless Shelter at SMOC (the primary shelter for homeless adults)
    • Eliot Community Human Services  (mental health services)
    • Friendly House (neighborhood center, homeless shelters)
    • Veterans Inc.(homeless shelters for veterans and associated services)
    • Visitation House (adult homeless pregnant women)
    • Planned Parenthood


        What we are doing is fundamental.  We hope you feel the same way.  

    If your organization would like to become one of TFT's partner charities, please take our on-line survey.



    Featured Article

    Supporting Both Ends of the ProChoice/ProLife Specturm

    During June and July, Tasks for Transit added two additional partner charities: Visitation House and Planned Parenthood.  Like our other charity partners, each of these two organizations will be given ten WRTA bus day passes each month.  We are starting their participation simultaneously because we believe that both organizations are performing valuable services for women in the Greater Worcester area, but recognize that they are on opposite ends of the prolife/prochoice specturm..


    Visitation House is not as well known as Planned Parenthood.  This is primarily because Planned Parenthood is a national organization, and thus receives much more publicity, where as Visitation House is a small local charity.  Visitation House is located on Vernon Hill, just a few blocks from Kelly Square.  Its mission is dedicated to assisting adult homeless women who are pregnant and wish to carry their child to term.  The woman must also be "clean," i.e., not addicted to drugs or alcohol, because Visitation House doesn't have the staff to address the necessary support services for addiction.  Typically, Visitation House will not take women who would be bringing additional children with them.


    Visitation House gets most of its referrals from local area hospitals or medical personnel.  For example, a woman's doctor may know that his patient is sleeping in a car and that her family and the father of her child have refused to help her (it's sad but it does happen).  Once the woman is accepted, she is allowed to live at Visitation House until she delivers her child and for an additional six months after.  While there, the woman will be a member of a small temporary community of roughly ten homeless pregnant women, each living in her own room (originally the cell of individual nuns.)  Each room is furnished to serve one mother and one infant, including free diapers and other items needed for infant care.  While there, each woman will also help with household chores and group meal preparation.  There is a small chapel in which mass is offered once a month.  When the woman finally leaves Visitation House with her infant, she is often given equipment and toys to help her transition. 


    Planned Parenthood provides a broad spectrum of educational, counseling and health services for women of all ages.  Since abortions are one of the many services provided, it is usually identified as a prochoice organization.  Keep in mind that prochoice simply means that a pregnant woman is free to decide what to do with her pregnancy.  She may decide to carry the child to term.  The point of Roe v. Wade is that it is the woman's choice and her choice only. 


    Tasks for Transit is trying to strike a balance by supporting both organizations with bus transportation for those clients that are economically disadvantaged.  Both organizations will be treated equally.  TFT is not supporting either position, prolife or prochoice.  We are supporting poor women.


    Multiple -Charity Yard Sale  Planned for September 9th
     Tasks for Transit plans to host a flea-market style yard sale at 379 Greenwood Street in Millbury.  TFT has invited all of its partner charities and a few others to participate.  There is ample parking available at this site, which physically abuts Exit 10A of the Mass Pike.  All of the vendors will be raising money for the economically disadvantaged.  There will be bargains galore as we try to sell out before the day is over.  The sale will run from 9AM to 5PM.  If the weather is "iffy" check  worcester.craigslist.org to see if we have postponed it to the following Saturday.  
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    We Need Your Support   

    We see Tasks for Transit as a fundamental charity trying to meet one essential need of the economically disadvantaged, namely safe and dependable transportation for persons who would otherwise have to walk.  While walking is an alternative, it is a burden for the handicapped and it is a poor alternative for everyone in foul weather and an unsafe alternative at night. 

     

    We are hoping you will support our efforts with a generous donation.  One way to do that is to go to our Crowd Funding page on youcaring.com.


      TFT Crowd Funding Site
     
    We continue to be an all volunteer organization with no employee costs and no office costs.  You can rest assured that almost all of your donation will go directly to purchase day passes.


    Sincerely,

    Brian Manning and Steve McClure
    Tasks for Transit
    379 Greenwood Street, Suite 4
    Millbury, MA 01527
    Email: contact@tasksfortransit.org
    617-851-0313
      We also have a Post Office Box
    Tasks for Transit
    PO Box 70544
    Worcester, MA 01607

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