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The Peconic Community Council (PCC) is a not-for-profit coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to the promotion and preservation of a comprehensive system of health and human services for the East End of Long Island in Suffolk County, New York. Together representatives of local businesses and government, concerned citizens, health and human service agencies actively serving the needs of the East Endâ s residents, make up the membership of more than 250 organizations. PCC provides the leadership to identify problems and resources in the five East End towns of East Hampton, Southampton, Shelter Island, Southold, and Riverhead and sets up collaborative programs to meet pressing needs; acts as a catalyst to creatively effect social change; gathers and disseminates material relative to quality of life issues on the East End; and networks among the members to utilize existing services efficiently. The Peconic Community Council (PCC) exists to mobilize people and resources to meet human needs. We believe that through our collaboration of agencies, businesses, government and caring individuals we can work together effectively to enhance the quality of life for Eastern Suffolk communities.
Maureenâ s Haven: provides safe, warm temporary housing to those who are homeless from November to April. Transportation to and from the many houses of worship is included in the services provided. Volunteers provide dinner, breakfast, and encouraging support. This year we were able to shelter over 120 unduplicated guests in twelve houses of worship during the cold winter months. We have successfully found permanent housing for over 10 guests, 6 have gone through or are currently in detox/inpatient substance abuse treatment, 4 are enrolled in outpatient substance abuse treatment, and 10 have been referred to case managers.
HOPELINE: offers a toll free phone line (877-727-6820) providing information, referrals and financial assistance to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in eastern Suffolk County. We have had over 150 calls thus far this year. We have successfully assisted numerous individuals and families with security deposits, rental arrears and utilities in an effort to prevent eviction and eventual homelessness.
Achievement Center: The Achievement Center is committed to providingquality programs through direct service and in collaboration with member organizations. The mission of the Achievement Center is to empower individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and to enable the attainment of oneâ s fullest potential to become self-sufficient and independent members of the community, thereby breaking the cycle of homelessness. The Center is open five days a week, Monday - Friday. We offer ongoing workshops, such as: Menâ s Support Group, Life Skills group, Creative Art classes, and Health care workshops. Every week a United Healthcare representative is on-site to assist in filling out medical paperwork, once a month a Spanish-speaking representative is on-site. Every other week a case manager from Clubhouse of Suffolk is on-site for case management assistance.
Social Justice and Advocacy: Peconic Community Council, Inc. is committed to promoting social justice through the identification of gaps in health and human services, advocating for solutions and acting as a catalyst to effect social change. Local issues PCC has addressed:
o Homelessness on the East End, with the creation of the Peconic Housing Initiative and HOPELINE. o Adult literacy improvements in cooperation with the North Fork Hispanic Apostolate, St. Johnâ s School and the Patchogue-Medford Adult Literacy Program to teach English as a Second Language.
o PCC joined others to form Concerned Communities for Alternatives to Incarceration, educating and publishing the inefficiency of the current system, including the lack of mental health and substance abuse pre-courts to assist those accused of non-violent crimes. Our coalition continues to press for reforms.
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