Meet Lee, a 72-year-old formerly homeless man who has lived at Project Renewal’s Geffner House since 2000. Estranged from his family and with his health declining, Lee became increasingly isolated and unable to care for himself.
Now, thanks to Occupational Therapy at Project Renewal, Lee feels safer and more self-sufficient. He participates in occupational therapy groups where he learns life skills, and he has made friends with his fellow residents at OT classes and social activities. “I like the groups because they teach me things I can do for myself, and I get to meet other people,” Lee says. Learn more about our integrated occupational therapy services through the link in our bio.
September is #NationalRecoveryMonth, a time to increase understanding of mental and substance use disorders and to celebrate the people who recover. Project Renewal was founded 50 years ago on the revolutionary principal that addiction was a health issue, not a crime. We continue this legacy today with some of the most comprehensive services in the city. Learn more about our work and Vincent's story (pictured). Link in bio.
Last week we unveiled a mural in the courtyard of Marsha's House, our shelter serving LGBTQ young adults. Learn more about the meaning of the artwork in our latest blog post (link in bio).
We are proud to unveil a beautiful new mural at Marsha's House! This project was a huge group effort, spearheaded by @ritchietorrescd15 and @gswellmural! The mural represents the inclusivity and diversity at our LGBTQ shelter for young adults. Marsha P. Johnson, for whom the shelter is named, is depicted embracing and looking out for the residents from above. Special thanks to Speaker Mark Viverito, @nysenatorrivera, and DHS Administrator Joslyn Carter, as well!
Stay tuned tomorrow for an exciting update to the Marsha's House space! And check out our latest blog posts for information on the shelter, which opened in February. Link in bio.
After facing homelessness and incarceration, Michael found hope through Project Renewal's Next Step Internship Program. He is now a Residential Aide at Marsha's House and is proud to be giving back. Learn more about his story in our latest blog post! Link in bio.
#flashbackfriday to last week when Next Step Internship Program participants got new suits and eyeglasses, thanks to @careergear and VSP eyeglasses! Now, Jessie and Antoine will feel prepared and professional going into job interviews.
Check out our latest blog post for an interview with Betty Kiernan, a founding member of Project Renewal and staff nurse for nearly 45 years. In this series, we hear from clients and staff who have been part of our 50 year history. Link in bio.
Project Renewal stands in solidarity with the LGBTQ community. We are committed to ensuring that each person who comes through our doors, regardless of their gender identity, has the full opportunity to renew their life and reclaim hope for the future.
#flashbackfriday to our Street Outreach team in the 1980s, which was launched to help individuals facing homelessness in the Times Square area. This was the beginning of our efforts to bring medical care to individuals on the streets. Today, clients continue to receive quality healthcare from our mobile medical van.