Volunteers & Partners: Year in Review

June 27, 2023

Thank you to all of the volunteers, supporters and partner organizations who helped us serve young family, senior and LGBTQ young adult residents this past year!

Mom Squaders host a birthday party for our youngest residents

Mom Squaders host a birthday party for our youngest residents

The Mom Squad, a volunteer group of Upper West Side moms and friends, hosted monthly hot meals and birthdays, and special holiday celebrations for the families and seniors at our mixed-age residence. They also donated strollers, diapers and wipes, and warm clothing. Founding member Cheri Fandozzi led mindfulness meditation workshops.

The Calhoun School, longtime UWS neighbors and volunteers, led residents in Valentine’s Day activities and hosted a playtime event that included a giveaway of educational toys.

Impact 100 NYC provided a generous grant and will partner for volunteering and item donation for the year ahead.

Mom’s Christmas Stocking and Projects with Care provided holiday stockings and gifts for the young mothers and children. Harlem Pride held an ugly sweater contest and collected canned goods and household items for our West Harlem LGBTQ residents.

Open Hearts Initiative hosted free stores, donation drives and community-building activities at our UWS site. Out My Closet donated clothing. House of Good Deeds donated computers. Bombas donated high-quality socks.

You can learn more about volunteering and the most effective ways to donate items here.

We partner with local organizations for behavioral health, food assistance, health care, job training, and arts and enrichment. These partnerships help residents build networks for when they move to more independent housing.

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan hosted tours and programs for the young families. Strength in Sisters offered empowerment workshops for young mothers. Exhale to Inhale provided trauma-informed yoga in English and Spanish for the young mothers (many have survived domestic violence).

GMHC provided safer sex workshops, and classes on abuse prevention and healthy relationships for young mothers. The Dorm provided substance use and mental health treatment for LGBTQ supportive housing residents. Callen Lorde Community Health Center, EmblemHealth, Harlem United, and Ryan Health provided health care and dental care across sites.

Grace Institute, New York Junior League and Young Lives Manhattan provided mentoring, skills-building and empowerment programs for young mothers. VASCA supported year-round programming for senior residents.

The New York City Mural Arts Project partnered with us for a yearlong art therapy and collaborative mural-making project.

Credible Messenger Justice Center partnered with us for our new peer-to-peer justice program, a workshop series that builds leadership skills for current and former residents who want to create change for their communities through peer-to-peer outreach.

Your generosity helps some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers—and builds a more inclusive, supportive and just community.

Thank you, supporters, partners and volunteers!