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Fall 2012: Project Renewal Matters

  1. 1. Donor Newsletter Fall 2012 mattersOut of Jail… In this IssueAND INTO A Health, homes and jobs for homelessHOME, AND A New Yorkers p. 1 ����� Out of Jail, and Into a HomeFRESH STARTW p. 2 ����� Volunteers Bring Art to Men hen men and women with in Crisis a criminal history carry the added burden of mental p. 2 ����� Engineering Creative Ways to multidisciplinary team to help themillness life can be a struggle, and Give Back transition to community living.when they try to turn their lives p. 3 ����� Jobs Training and Hope ataround the doors to permanent Many of the men and women in PSTP Renewal Farmhousing are often shut to them. have never had a permanent placeThis year Project Renewal created to call home as they are more than p. 3 ����� Year in Review twice as likely as other ex-offenderspermanent housing for graduates of p. 4 ����� Gala Recap to have come through the foster careour Parole Support and TreatmentProgram (PSTP), giving these vulner- system as children. p. 4 ����� Jobs for Veterans and Newable men and women a foundation Graduate Michael K said: Housingon which to build a stable future. “What I remember is that ProjectPSTP is an innovative program Renewal has always been there forlaunched by Project Renewal, withthe Department of Corrections and me. Helping me with budgeting, and encourag­ing me to take my Learn More!the state Office of Mental Health,piloting new strategies to help medication. Now I know why! Having my own apartment in the Bronx I am Follow us Online50 mentally ill men and women able to do these things independently.successfully transition from prison I have a checking account with direct Listen to a podcast by authorto a productive life in the commu- deposit, and my own computer.”nity. Last year 20 clients successfully and Project Renewal Trustee Robert Blocker, PSTP Program Direc-moved into independent housing. tor, said “I am still hoping for the day Lee Stringer, view Gala photos,Counselors start working with that all Project Renewal clients who and see the impact of your giftclients while they are still in prison put in the hard work toward positiveto prepare them for life on the change in their lives, have an appro- online at :outside. Once released, clients move priate place to call home. These guys http://blog.projectrenewal.orginto shared apartments where they are certainly our role models.” nreceive intensive support from a
  2. 2. Page 2 Project Renewal matters | Fall 2012 Young Volunteers…VolunteersBring Art... Making a DifferenceTo Men in Crisis Before AfterP amela Bell wasted no time once joining the Board of Trustees, serving on theStrategic Planning committee,chairing our 2012 Gala and mostimpressively, founding a volun-teer arts initiative for the men at3rd Street Shelter. The Bowery Arts Program, less Artist Katie Reidy with Shaniece Delgado, staffthan a year old, is an informal cre- Katie Vikiative class where volunteers andclients connect while making allforms of art.  The classes – held . The Medical Clinic . Former Next Stepon Wednesday and Thursday at the Ft. Washington Men’s Shelter intern Viki Lazar created a fund-mornings--provide men strug- has a new mural to inspire the 750 raising event around her biggling with addiction a creative men who visit the clinic each year. decision to cut her “belovedoutlet to express their emotions dreadlocks” after 9 years. Volunteer artist Katie Reidy, aand foster new friendships.  student at the noted art school She set up a page online, askingAt the 22nd Annual Gala Benefit Savannah College of Art and Design friends and family to make a giftand Auction 40 pieces of client (SCAD) painted a mural depicting to Project Renewal to mark theart were auctioned off, raising an optimistic city scape with these occasion. She has raised $4,000more than $5,300 for Project inspiring words: which she will match with $1 forRenewal.  A very big thank you to every $2 donated for a total gift The ultimate measure of a man isPamela and an amazing group of of $6,000. not where he stands in moments ofvolunteers who attend the work- comfort and convenience, but where Why Project Renewal?shops each week including Shel- he stands at times of challenge and “Next Step is an amazing placeley Sonenberg, Shelagh Herzog, controversy. where clients find people whoErika Scully, Laura Rothschild, believe in them again. Many ofCaryn Levitt, Jemme Aldridge Martin Luther King Jr.,  the formerly homeless clients atand Susan Minot. n Strength to Love, 1963 Next Step are in recovery or were recently incarcerated. DespiteVolunteer Erika Scully having lived lives I can’t evencreates the art display begin to imagine, these strong andfor the silent auction Interested in brave people want to turn things Volunteering? around. It was life-changing to watch clients realize that they do I f you are interested in have something tremendous to volunteering with the contribute to society.” Bowery Arts Program, please contact Pamela at volunteer@ projectrenewal.org. 
  3. 3. www.projectrenewal.org Page 3 Our Mission is to End Homelessness... And We Mean Business Last year Clients achieved 456 91% men and women moved from our shelters to permanent 316 of tenants in our supportive job placements, an increase of housing are still housed after 94% 3 years 10% homes with still housed after 6 months. over the previous year signifying an effective end to homelessness Garden Variety Job Training... From the Streets of NYC to the Farm Renewal Farm client Richard Emde displaying his favorite of the 1,000 petunias he planted.Over the past 16 years while helping to renew the lives thanks to our partnership with the Franciscan Friars of theof hundreds of homeless New Yorkers suffering from Atonement.addiction, Renewal Farm has also faced its own need for Today, men like Richard Emde are still able to experiencerenewal. And, like a stubborn sprout pushing its way up the opportunities for self-renewal offered by thethrough hard soil, the farm continues to grow and thrive. program. When asked how he felt on first joining theThe program first took root at New York City’s largest program Richard said it was:homeless shelter, Camp LaGuardia in Chester, NY. With “a second chance at life, to take advantage of the full usethe closing and sale of the property we relocated to St. of the program and to learn to live out the rest of my life inChristopher’s Inn at Graymoor where Project Renewal sobriety”.provides transitional housing for formerly homeless menfrom New York City. He’s still amazed at “how one little seed can grow to a full plant”. Richard like so many of the men who participate Shelters At A Glance:Tillable land is a rare commodity in the Garrison areawith its beautiful forest covered hills and ridges. But with in the program find intensive substance abuse treatment is much easier to continue and to absorb when they cansome innovative thinking the farm once again blossoms be also be involved in other purposeful activities and oneon an acre size old tennis and handball court, complete step at a time build job skills and self-esteem. nwith large plant beds and a greenhouse, at Graymoor
  4. 4. Page 4 Project Renewal matters | Fall 201222nd Annual Gala Benefit and Auction RecapT hank you SO much to all of our wonderful Trustees, Patrick Lee spoke about how Project Renewal supported staff, volunteers, and supporters who made the his journey from addiction and homelessness to a new Gala a great success! life. “I wake up in the morning and I sit in my bed and say, “Wow, this is mine, this is life, this is wonderful...” We raised over $780,000 to help homeless New Yorkersfind health, homes, and jobs—bringing them so much A special thanks to Ed Helms, Gala Chair Pamela Bell, MCfurther on their journey towards a new life. Erika Tarantal, Auctioneer Hugh Hildesley, and Special Guest Patrick Lee. Please join us next year for the 23rdGala Host Ed Helms entertained and inspired guests to Annual Gala.nsupport Project Renewal. Former shelter residentGala Host Ed Helms Board of Trustees Chair Neil Mitchell (left) and Gala Special Guest Patrick Lee (left) and Gala Emcee and Chair Pamela Bell (right) NBC 4 News Anchor Erika Tarantal (right) In the Works… Save the Date! Project Renewal launches new Junior Board Fall Ball initiatives to reach more homeless November 2, 2012 New Yorkers in need Find us online! nn The Culinary Arts Training Program will launch a new cooking school projectrenewal.org this fall at the Borden Avenue Veterans Shelter to train homeless veterans for jobs in food services. nn We began renovating our newest shelter, our first in the Bronx. The shelter will help meet the increased demand for shelter by offering 108 homeless New Yorkers a safe and supportive setting and assistance in moving into permanent homes. #ProjectRenewal nn Project Renewal received a $100,000 grant from the US Department of Labor awarded to provide employment services to homeless veterans! We were one of 2 new grantees in New York City selected in this national competition. Funding will expand the reach of our Next Step Employment Program to homeless veterans: we will offer vocational counseling, job training, and job placement services to help vets get back ProjectRenewalMedia to work!