New Jersey Parents of 6 Children Adopt 7 Orphaned Siblings from Ukraine

Good News Notes: “A New Jersey family nearly doubled in size recently after the parents of six children decided to adopt seven orphaned siblings from Ukraine. Wade and Michelle Torppey already had their hands full when they learned about the siblings, who were living in an orphanage in Mokrats after both of their parents died,…

Nonprofit’s tiny home program helps put an end to homelessness

Good News Notes: “The facts are startling. On any given night, approximately 41,000 young adults will be homeless. Many are all alone on the streets. Without help, it can often lead to a life of instability. Now, a non-profit is aiming to reverse that course with a colorful new neighborhood just for them. Ernie Sandoval…

When disaster strikes, this Alabama nonprofit is ready

Good News Notes: “Hurricane Ida was on Judy Holland’s radar as soon as it was on James Spann’s. As the managing director of High Socks for Hope, she knows that whenever a hurricane, tornado or other natural disaster happens in the Southeast, the nonprofit organization will soon spring into action. And they’ll still be in the…

Austin nonprofit connecting homeless population with stable jobs

Good News Notes: “As work to get people off the streets and into permanent housing continues, The Other Ones Foundation is working to get people who are experiencing homelessness stable jobs. “This is Austin, this is where we reside,” said Nelson Muriakiara, who is currently is employed by the TOOF. He takes pride in the…

Cedar Rapids nonprofit ready to accept Afghan refugees amid chaos

Good News Notes: “An Iowa non-profit is ready to shelter Afghan refuges. The Catherine McAuley Center in Cedar Rapids is the only refugee and immigrant service provider in Eastern Iowa. No Afghan immigrants have reached out to the center, but officials with the center told Iowa’s News Now they will accept any refugees. Afghanistan natives are trying…

California spending billions to house homeless in hotels

Good News Notes: “When homeless outreach workers first visited her encampment under a Los Angeles highway overpass last fall, Veronica Perez was skeptical of their offer of not just a bed, but a furnished apartment complete with meals, counseling and the promise of some stability in her life. “They said they had housing for me,…

How one social worker is giving back to his childhood community

Good News Notes: “When he worked as a student advocate at Fort Vancouver High School, Damien Wheeler connected with a student who was at risk of failing. Wheeler said the student wasn’t asking his teacher for help, so he stepped in. “He felt comfortable because he had someone on his side,” Wheeler said. “And he…