Citizens For A Better Norwood

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Norwood Service League helping middle income families, too

Today’s Enquirer has a lengthy article about the Norwood Service League’s recent move to the newly named Graff Building at 2071 Lawrence Avenue and the services they're providing in their new location. Lupe Gonzalez Hoyt, the agency’s executive director, says, “All our programs are now under one roof. It’s a perfect location.” Last year, the NSL served 1,400 to 1,500 local residents, not only with emergency services such as food, clothing, and rent money, but also with youth-mentoring and job-training programs that include classes for computer, GED, and English as a second language. As Ms. Hoyt stated, “You have to do more than give people things. We give them opportunities to help themselves.” She went on to tell the Enquirer that this past year, the NSL has helped an increasing number of middle-class families caught in a financial crisis because of lost jobs, health problems and the rising cost of utilities.