Community Connections:
Bucks County Opportunity Council's e-Newsletter
This week, our Housing Location team gave the good news to a client experiencing homelessness, that he has been approved for an apartment! He was so happy, and described BCOC as "the missing piece of his puzzle." 

If you or someone you know is experiencing or at-risk of homelessness, contact the Bucks County Housing Link at 1-800-1-800-810-4434

BCOC changes lives! We work with individuals and families in Bucks County who lack resources to be self-sufficient, through a range of services. The Economic Self-Sufficiency Program is our keystone service, which empowers low-income families with the education, skills and resources necessary to achieve and maintain economic self-sufficiency without any future need for cash welfare subsidies.

REMINDER: We offer 30-minute orientation sessions for our Economic Self-Sufficiency Program, which offers individualized coaching to help build resources to build economic stability! Click HERE to register for an orientation session- the next one is Thursday, July 1 at 10 am.


You can Be Community Action
The voice of the Bucks County community informs our work. Below is a link to our Community Needs Survey.

BCOC invites you to complete this survey and share your insight!

Our mission is to reduce poverty and partner with our community to promote economic self-sufficiency. We envision a community where all people can achieve economic security and have opportunities to create their future story.
If you're looking for a way to give back and feed our community, consider volunteering with #TeamBCOC at the HELP Center in Bristol or at Fresh Connect! Volunteers deliver food to the home-bound from the HELP Center in Bristol. And our thrice-weekly farmer's market operates rain or shine, all year long. Registration is easy just find a date that works for you, and register! An application will be sent to you along with instructions. Want to reserve a date not listed yet for your business or community group? Contact Eileen Albillar, LSW to reserve a date, at ealbillar@bcoc.org.

Join #TeamBCOC- Visit our website for employment opportunities at the Opportunity Council!
Collect and create summer bags for our Homeless Street Outreach team.
Safe at Home- BCOC and NJM Teaming Up!
Through 'Safe at Home,' NJM makes an annual financial contribution to a nonprofit based on the number of runs the Thunder scores at home in regular season and playoff games. Thank you for choosing BCOC for 2021! Go Trenton Thunder!
BCOC in the News
Bucks County Courier Times, June 27, 2021
"Deborah Simpson is waiting to learn if she is going to be homeless. For 13 years, the 69-year-old resident has lived at the same Bensalem mobile home park, but the death of her boyfriend three years ago left her struggling to pay the bills. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic, which buried her. She owes her landlord at least $2,000 rent and utilities, according to court records. Her only income is Social Security, which is a little more than $1,100 a month. In March, the landlord filed paperwork to start the eviction process. But the magisterial court judge assigned to the case continued the hearing until next month because of a federal moratorium on evictions. Simpson is among more than 1,000 renters in Bucks County at risk for homelessness when the nationwide temporary ban on residential evictions implemented last year in response to the COVID pandemic expires." Read more.

Bucks County Courier Times, June 25, 2021
"Cars began trickling in and out of Bristol Commerce Park shopping center. As they pulled up to the curb, drivers loaded their trunks and passenger seats with boxes full of peanut butter, applesauce, saltine crackers, canned foods and other nonperishable goods. This was no typical midweek grocery store run. Bucks County Opportunity Council volunteers were preparing to transport food from the HELP Center to their elderly and homebound neighbors. They’ve dedicated their free time over the past 13 months through the BCOC’s emergency food box distribution program, which began in May 2020 during the pandemic. Between then and now, BCOC volunteers have helped distribute over 2,200 boxes through the program." Read more.
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