York City Cares: Families in need receive coats, school supplies

Dawn J. Sagert
York Dispatch

It started with a phone call.

Outreach Pastor Noel Martinez of York City's First Assembly of God church learned that William Penn Senior High School needed help with families coming from Puerto Rico.

He reached out to school counselor Lisa Albright, who brought in the district's homeless liaison, Sue Moyer, who also wears the hat of federal programs coordinator, and the three had a meeting.

That was the beginning of the first York City Cares ... A Resource Fair event.

The four-hour event Saturday, Dec. 9, at William Penn provided 500 donated coats gathered by the youth-run nonprofit Coats of Friendship.

More than 120 new book bags filled with school supplies and hygiene products were given by York-based Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness, which serves eight counties, as well as 30 other organizations and agencies.

A spaghetti meal was served.

From left, William Penn Senior High School seniors Yeniffer Jose, 17, and Fraberlin Raynoso, 16, open a bag of clothing while working with bilingual teaching assistant Madeline Skinner during York City Cares ... A Resource Fair at the high school in York City, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. Dawn J. Sagert photo

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“We had approximately 300 families come through York High for our resource fair that were able to access all of the outstanding vendors who came to support the families of York City who are experiencing homelessness and/or are from Puerto Rico,” Moyer said.

Martinez says another event is being planned for spring. 

"We just want to come together as a community to be able to help not only those families but the families that are here in the city that are in need of help,"  Martinez said. "And we want to show them how the community can come together and help them."