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Support runaway and homeless youth

From our friends at PEC
Senator Robert Casey sponsored the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (S.2571), and he signed onto the "Dear Colleague" letter urging greater support for programs serving children and youth who experience homelessness.

The next action is to urge Senators Casey and Toomey to sponsor the Homeless Children and Youth Act (HYCA), S. 611.

HCYA is bi-partisan legislation that reforms HUD Homeless Assistance to meet the needs of homeless children, youth, and families. It allows some of the most vulnerable homeless families and youth - those staying with others because they have nowhere else to go, and those staying in motels - to be eligible for HUD homeless assistance by aligning eligibility criteria with those of other federal programs. Good news is that Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) are the latest U.S. Senators to co-sponsor S. 611. Pennsylvania's U.S. Senators Casey and Toomey need to sponsor S. 611.

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Say No to Medicaid Work Requirements

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved a bill that would establish work requirements on Medicaid recipients. If this bill passes the Senate, "able-bodied" adults receiving Medicaid would need to work for at least 20 hours per week, look for a job, or participate in job training to qualify for Medicaid.

The "able-bodied" definition excludes full-time high school students, pregnant women, people receiving long-term disability benefits, people under 19 or older than 64, prisoners, and residents of mental health institutions.

Under this definition, however, people who lose their job or hours while getting treatment or recovering from surgery would not be covered. Neither would people who can't find a job because they can't access childcare or transportation. Qualified workers and people exempted from the requirements would still have to submit paperwork and medical verification, which will take time and cost money to the Commonwealth.

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Your vote matters. Make sure you are registered to vote before April 16, 2018.

Primary elections are just around the corner, and if you live in Pennsylvania and are eligible to vote, you need to be registered by April 16. (If you live in another state, please visit Rock the Vote to find your state's information.)

***If you have any issues on Election Day, please call 1-866-OUR-VOTE. 

Issues may include (but are not limited to): being told the wrong date/time to vote; not being allowed to cast a provisional ballot; being intimidated or challenged at the polls. 

Be sure to bring this number with you when you vote!***

Who is Running for Office?

On May 15, you can vote for a primary candidate to become Pennsylvania's Governor and Lieutenant Governor. You can also vote for candidates for the US Senate, US House of Representatives, State House of Representatives, and some state senators. There may be local races as well. You may be able to find a list of people running for office at Ballotpedia.

With the recent redistricting decision and multiple retirements, you…

Yes, we still need equal pay

On April 10, we "celebrate" Equal Pay Day, the date when women's earnings catch up with men's earnings from the previous year. And, in an era where mothers are increasingly the breadwinners in a family, we need equal pay now more than ever.

42% of families rely on mothers to earn at least half of their families' wages. An additional 22% are considered "co-breadwinners," which means they bring in at least a quarter of the money seen by a family in a given year. When these mothers - or anyone - is underpaid, the entire family suffers.

In 2015, the National Women's Law Center calculated that the wage gap amounts to annual loss of $10,876 for women. That adds up to five months of groceries, three months of rent and utilities, three months of child care payments, four months of health insurance, four months of student loans, and seven tanks of gas.

Women and their families aren't the only people who lose out due to the wage gap. People of color, with …

#MLK50

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The National Civil Rights Museum has put together a page dedicated to Dr. King, his legacy, and ways we can continue that legacy today. You can also follow today's events live, follow NPR as they "livetweet" the day as it happened, or follow the hashtag #MLK50 on social media to see what is happening in your area.

Work to oppose gun violence

As word continues to filter out about another school shooting, this one in Maryland, legislators and students are debating new gun legislation. While Congress does not have anything scheduled for a vote, Pennsylvania is examining a law that would require the subjects of Protection from Abuse orders to give up their guns. Meanwhile, students and their supporters across the country are getting ready to march against gun violence this weekend. As of Tuesday, March 20, 829 events against gun violence are scheduled worldwide on March 24.

Take Action:

PA state legislators are considering a bill that would require people under a Protection from Abuse Order to surrender their firearms to a sheriff or judge within 48 hours of receiving the order. Please call your legislators to share your thoughts. The Bucks County Women's Advocacy Coalition has put together an Action Alert with sample language. If you do not live in Bucks County, please visit the PA General Assembly website to find your l…

Come to our Children's Art Show and Friendraiser!

Please consider joining us as we share artful creations from our Therapeutic Art Enrichment program. The children experience less anxiety, build positive relationships and create mindful art while residing at the Center for Families. We hope that you enjoy their work as much as they do. Some of our young artists will be onsite to talk with you and answer some of your questions about their work. Hoping to see you real soon!

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Exton
1105 East Lincoln Highway
Exton, PA 19341
610-363-2363
Saturday, April 14, 2018
4:00pm - 7:00pm


Entrance Fee: Donate from items below for our kitchen at The Center for Families. Monetary donations will be accepted as well.

Items needed for the Kitchen at Center for Families

Large mixerLarge food processorKnivesStorage containers (large, medium, small)Large mixing bowlsLarge serving utensilsOven mittsKitchen towelsMicrowave (2)Water pitchers (8)Ice traysKitchen buckets for sanitizer and rinsing surfacesSink stoppersColandersVeggi…