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Housing is Healthcare!

Housing is Healthcare!

Housing is healthcare! Like our sister agency The Haven in Charlottesville, we note that HOUSING is the best protection against COVID-19. For homeless persons, socially isolating and sheltering in place is hard to impossible. Recently, it appears that the...

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Housing Is Healthcare!

Housing Is Healthcare!

Housing is healthcare! Like our sister agency The Haven in Charlottesville, we note that HOUSING is the best protection against COVID-19. For homeless persons, socially isolating and sheltering in place is hard to impossible. Recently, it appears that the...

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Thank Yous!

Thank Yous!

THANK YOU    THANK YOU    THANK YOU How do we begin to thank everyone who has donated to OCP? Thanks to our donors for keeping our staff paid!Thanks to the volunteer who put out the word and got 2 dozen neighbors to donate turkeys that...

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UPDATE FROM SAMI miss you. I miss seeing friends and supporters of OCP at Night Out, at Friday Lunch Restaurant, at our soup kitchens, at our Tuesday work days and evening events. But staff and community members at OCP hear you on the phone, watch you drop off food...

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Volunteer of the Month

Volunteer of the Month

blog by Leons Kabongo“Just because anger or hate is present does not mean that the capacity to love and accept is not there; love is always in you.” –Thich Nat Hanh Born in Brooklyn New York, Mr. Perry Bellamy is the eighth of nine children from his mother's second...

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Featured Volunteer of the month Douglas Lavery

Featured Volunteer of the month Douglas Lavery

“Love all. Serve all. Help ever. Hurt never.” Sri Sathya Sai Baba Born in Newark, New Jersey, our featured volunteer of the month, Mr. Douglas Lavery, spent most of his childhood near Pittsburg, PA. When I asked if he recalled...

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Overnight Situation & Rumors

Overnight Situation & Rumors

Dear friends of OCP,    I’m sure that most of you have seen OCP in the DNR, Hburg Citizen, and WHSV over the last few weeks. So what happened around homelessness in our area?  How was it impacting our community? And what’s the most current situation at...

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Solar Power!!!

Solar Power!!!

                   Solar investment paying off. As our 49 solar panels start to soak in the summer sun, we are seeing a huge drop in energy costs. Our May bill in 2018 was $345 while our...

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Why Advocacy?

Why Advocacy?

If you drove by OCP in the last month you may have noticed a porta-potty tucked between two trees on our property at the corner of Johnson and Main. For the last year some of our community members have been showing up to meetings with some activists who meet on Court...

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What is REALLY happening at OCP?

What is REALLY happening at OCP?

above: Mayor Deanna Reed with community member George Barksdale and OCP director Sam Nickels  What is REALLY Happening At OCP? from Sam Nickels, Executive Director  Dear Friends of OCP, So much to share this month. First, our drive to raise funds through the Great...

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