Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who has donated to our campaign so far! We have had generous financial donors, but we’ve also had people generously give of their time and talents.

Thank you, Heather Moffett for donating your time and talents to make campaign specific face masks for us! And Thank you, Kate Crosby for donating your time and talents to work with me on designs and emblazoning hats with our campaign logo!

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my all volunteer campaign committee for the countless hours and invaluable expertise that they have lent to this effort so far. I am excited to work with this brilliant and growing team in the coming months! Together we will bring change!

My most excellent campaign team includes

  • Ryan Bourinski, Campaign Manager
  • Kurt Golden, Campaign Manager’s Assistant
  • Sally Combs, Contact & Volunteer Coordinator
  • Adele Barone, Fundraising Coordinator
  • Jenn Weir, Event Coordinator
  • Steve Wahrhaftig, Media Relations & Marketing Advisor
  • Mandie Reusch, Social Media Coordinator

All of your work is truly appreciated!

~Liz Terwilliger

Spotlight: Endless Mountain Mission Center

Endless Mountain Mission Center Works to End Homelessness in Bradford County

Endless Mountain Mission Center (EMMC) near Troy, PA works to address homelessness here in Bradford County. I recently spoke with their director, Tammy Storrs, about what EMMC is doing.

While homelessness in Bradford County may not be evident to you or me, that is due to the efforts of people like Tammy and the volunteers at EMMC. Tammy explained that EMMC handles 5-7 calls a week these days. “half are literally homeless, sleeping in cars, tents, sheds and half are moving from couch to couch staying with friends and family,” Tammy told me. When possible, these people are sheltered at EMMC.

To stay at EMMC there are rules that need to be followed. “People here can’t have pets. They have to sign in and out when they come and go. We don’t allow any drugs or alcohol.” Mental health issues impact a person’s ability to stay as well. If they self-harm, for example, they have to leave EMMC. The reason, Tammy explained, is that “We have to think about the welfare of everyone staying here.” They may be taken to the hospital or BSU for treatment and then they are placed in a hotel. If someone can’t stay at EMMC, for whatever reason, Tammy works with other agencies in the county’s network to find housing for them.

EMMC is funded primarily through donations from individuals, churches and other organizations. They receive grants from the United Way and others to fund operating costs. Some funds also come from a HUD grant for rapid re-housing, rent assistance and homelessness prevention.

Tammy also told me that homelessness impacts people with mental illness, individuals with drug addictions, domestic violence cases and the elderly.  Tammy said, “For an elderly person, if their Social Security income is $700-800, and there isn’t low-income housing available, they can’t make it. Even if rent is on the low end for the county, around $600, it’s just too much.”

I asked Tammy about her biggest challenges. Her answer, mental health issues. “If you’re going to fight for something, a place for people with mental health issues is really needed. These folks need supervision, permanent supportive housing. Someone to make sure they take their medications, go to work because they just can’t manage on their own. They don’t have the capacity to deal with everyday life.  They need a rent payee to ensure they make that rent payment.”

Currently there is no supportive housing for mental health in Bradford County. A network of agencies works together (EMMC, Human Services, Main Link, Futures, Abuse and Rape Crisis Center and the Area Agency of Aging) to meet the needs of the community with the resources they have. “People don’t think there’s a problem because we’re working 24-7 at it. Without the network, you would see it [homelessness] a lot more. If people saw it, they’d realize that most people don’t choose it.”

As a candidate for Congress, and as a Libertarian, I support initiatives like what Tammy and the rest of EMMC are doing for our community. This partnership of government and private organizations is filling a need in our community. While I like to see minimal government involvement, it is only by the tireless actions of individuals like Tammy Storrs that the resources of the government and community are used effectively. Together we can address the root causes of homelessness in our communities and support organizations like EMMC. Together we can bring real change

Please join me in recognizing the efforts of Tammy and the EMMC by visiting their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/endlessmountainmissioncenterbradfordcountypa. If you want to learn more about homelessness in our District and organizations working to address it, visit our website, http://lizterwilligerforcongress.org/index.php/issues/community-solutions.

Welcome

Thank you for your interest in bringing real change to our district. With the help of engaged and earnest people like yourself we can bring that change to the House of Representatives in 2022.

Together we can build movement that can give voice to the many people in our district who need to be heard. With your help, our voters will soon real representation, one that respects individual liberty and Constitutional rights. With your support and the support of the Libertarian Party, we can make this a reality.

While a member of the Libertarian Party, I have discovered that voters of all parties and independents want to see positive change in our district. With your help, I plan to represent each and every one of these voters

The first step is transparency and sharing of information. This is the purpose of this newsletter. We plan to keep you informed about our progress towards winning a congressional seat. We plan to discuss your input and concerns. I also plan some polls so you will know how your neighbors feel about important issues. We will often publish links to help you stay informed.

We begin 2021 by focusing on community solutions. As a Libertarian, I believe in the power of individual action, rather than turning to the government for every solution. As responsible individuals we can help improve our community, especially for those who need help in these difficult times.

We invite you to share your thoughts on this topic. Tell us about people or organizations in your area working on community solutions. Tell us about challenges in your community that need attention. You can join our effort to support community solutions! I also welcome your involvement in this movement. Please see the links to find out how to help us on our mutual journey. Learn about upcoming Day of Service events, community and issues based working groups and other ways to get involved at http://lizterwilligerforcongress.org/index.php/issues/community-solutions.

~Liz Terwilliger