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Jerry DeFillippo, 62, a veteran on disability who (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Jerry DeFillippo, 62, a veteran on disability who says he is having trouble finding housing because of his credit history, rides in a Helping Hands bus to the United Methodist Church of New City for food and shelter. (Feb. 14, 2013)

Helping Hands connects homeless to services

Helping Hands, a non-profit group that partners with religious organizations to provide services to the homeless in Rockland County, has been extra busy this winter due to the severe weather, according to executive director Jean-Max Naissant. (Feb. 14, 2013)

Helping Hands executive director Jean-Max Naissant of Dobbs
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Helping Hands executive director Jean-Max Naissant of Dobbs Ferry screens A.J. Wildman, 49, for alcohol before transporting her and other homeless people from the International Food Mart parking lot to the United Methodist Church of New City. (Feb. 14, 2013)

Jerry DeFillippo, 62, a veteran on disability who
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Jerry DeFillippo, 62, a veteran on disability who says he is having trouble finding housing because of his credit history, rides in a Helping Hands bus to the United Methodist Church of New City for food and shelter. (Feb. 14, 2013)

Volunteers serve food at the United Methodist Church
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Volunteers serve food at the United Methodist Church of New City to homeless people who were brought there by Helping Hands, a non-profit that partners with other groups to help the homeless in Rockland County. (Feb. 14, 2013)

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(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

"A.J." Wildman, 49, sets up to stay overnight with help from volunteer Sue Delo, 57, of Nanuet, at the United Methodist Church of New City. (Feb. 14, 2013)

The seats in a bus driven by Helping
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

The seats in a bus driven by Helping Hands Executive Director Jean-Max Naissant are full of homeless men and women being transported to the United Methodist Church of New City, where they will eat and stay indoors overnight. (Feb. 14, 2013)

Helping Hands Executive Director Jean-Max Naissant fills out
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Helping Hands Executive Director Jean-Max Naissant fills out intake paperwork for someone staying at the United Methodist Church of New City, which provided food and shelter. (Feb. 14, 2013)

Helping Hands Executive Director Jean-Max Naissant shows the
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Helping Hands Executive Director Jean-Max Naissant shows the rules to people new to the program while at the United Methodist Church of New City, where they will eat and stay indoors overnight. (Feb. 14, 2013)

(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

"A.J." Wildman, 49, sets up to stay overnight with help from volunteer Sue Delo, 57, of Nanuet, at the United Methodist Church of New City. (Feb. 14, 2013)

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Helping Hands Executive Director Jean-Max Naissant finishes screening
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Helping Hands Executive Director Jean-Max Naissant finishes screening homeless men and women for alcohol while picking them up at the International Food Mart parking lot. (Feb. 14, 2013)

Helping Hands Executive Director Jean-Max Naissant screens homeless
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Helping Hands Executive Director Jean-Max Naissant screens homeless men and women for alcohol before driving them to the United Methodist Church of New City, where they will eat and stay indoors overnight. (Feb. 14, 2013)

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