The Trachtenberg Office was represented at a meeting of the Safety Net Coalition held yesterday evening in the Council Office Building. The Safety Net Coalition is a broad-based coalition 65 of health and human services organizations in Montgomery County.
The purpose of the meeting was to provide an opportunity for Councilmembers to hear directly from members of the Coalition about the work it is doing to positively impact the lives of our neighbors in the community -- particularly during these difficult economic times.
The meeting, in support of the Safety Net, lasted just under two hours and included service providers and recipients—a formerly homeless individual now able to independently support his sons, a recovered substance abuser who now works as a volunteer rescuing others, parents of children with severe mental health challenges, an ESOL student who now earns a better wage, a single woman who adopted 5 children with varying social and mental challenges, and a wheel-chair bound mother who cried as she disclosed the hope counselors provided bringing her back from the edge of suicide.
The meeting was organized by the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, Interfaith Works, and Jubilee Association of Maryland, on behalf of the Coalition.
Our Director of Communications, Saschane Stephenson, represented Councilmember Trachtenberg.