Summer Highlights: Annual Barbecue at Ivan Shapiro

Residents of Ivan Shapiro and the Associate Board during this year's client BBQ. 

Residents of Ivan Shapiro and the Associate Board during this year's client BBQ. 

Last month Urban Pathways Associate Board treated the residents at Ivan Shapiro to a summer barbecue!

The annual barbecue took place at Ivan Shapiro’s back yard in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.

Members of Urban Pathways' Associate Board were on hand to set up the event; give out food and hang out with the residents who are always eager to meet and talk to anyone they encounter.

I love having a barbecue here at Ivan Shapiro; it shows that Urban Pathways cares about their clients. I always look forward to these events because we get to talk to new and exciting people
-Stan 

The Associate Board is instrumental in planning resident focused events like the barbecue, game night, and other events centered on having Urban Pathways’ formerly homeless men and women better re-acclimate into society and their respective communities.

Join Urban Pathways and our Associate Board for their next fundraising event this September 13th at the Southwest Porch in Bryant Park. Sundown Social will be taking place from 7pm-9pm!

 Donate or purchase your tickets here.

Thank you to the Associate Board, the staff at Ivan Shapiro and you!

If you are interested in sponsoring a client event here at Urban Pathways please email us at: development@urbanpathways.org.

About Urban Pathways
Urban Pathways is a New York City-based, nonprofit organization that provides housing and support to homeless and at-risk adults throughout the New York Metropolitan area.  Urban Pathways serves more than 2,000 homeless individuals a year and provides transitional, extended stay and permanent housing to chronically homeless individuals. www.urbanpathways.org

Urban Pathways Highlights: Robert Offley

From left to right (Robert Offley, Johnathan Gilmore, and Daniel Kochanski) at Urban Pathways annual Gala. 

From left to right (Robert Offley, Johnathan Gilmore, and Daniel Kochanski) at Urban Pathways annual Gala. 

Being born and raised in New York City, Robert Offley is no stranger to the concrete jungle. Robert had been street homeless for more than twenty years until he finally obtained permanent housing with Urban Pathways at the beginning of 2016.

Robert grew up in the Bronx and was raised by his mother where he was introduced to alcohol by age 14 and drugs at age 16. By age 23 Robert was married with 3 children and in a downward spiral with harder drugs.

Robert worked in the shipping business for 10 years until he was laid off. After losing his job, Robert worked as a porter for 7 years but was fired due to substance abuse and was eventually arrested due to possession of a controlled substance. Robert spent a one year jail and was diagnosed as a manic depressive. He was released from his incarceration and became homeless staying in Madison Square Park for over 10 years.

Life changed when Robert finally secured and apartment of his own, but he gave up his home up to care for his handicapped relative, it would be 5 years before Mr. Offley would be homeless again.

After his relative’s death, Robert couch-surfed and eventually returned to his comfort zone in Madison Square Park. When Robert’s father became ill he was called upon again to serve as a primary caregiver. Robert cared for his father until his passing. Once his father died, Robert again found himself once in Madison Square Park, reuniting with his old panhandling group of men and women who became his family. 

After taking care of others for so long, Robert realized that is was he that he needed help. One day, Robert was sleeping on a bench in Madison Square Park when he suffered a brain aneurysm. Two months after being released from the hospital Robert returned to Madison Square Park, but this time sought out help.

Robert, when he came in to Urban Pathways  

Robert, when he came in to Urban Pathways  

He came across Urban Pathways Outreach team and decided to engage with them. Tiffany Porter, an Outreach Specialist in the Flatiron BID Outreach Program, met Robert in Madison Square Park and, after several months of engaging him in conversations and gaining his trust, Tiffany secured permanent housing for Robert in our newest residence located near Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. 

Now Robert is very involved in resident activities in his building and is an active participant in client advocacy groups. He is a friend to everyone and is loved by the staff and residents.

Robert never forgot where he came from, and today he often travels from his apartment to Madison Square Park to see his friends who still live there and help them gain housing as he did.

Urban Pathways' Residences at 162nd Street Bronx, NY 

Urban Pathways' Residences at 162nd Street Bronx, NY 

He enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and visits his mother monthly. Today, Robert is a success story of the Madison Square Park community and an advocate for those who are sick and unable to care for themselves. 

Robert uses his journey to find a home with Urban Pathways as an example, and shows others they too can obtain housing and live a better life. Thanks to Robert, some of his friends are on their way to permanent housing.

Urban Pathways has changed Robert’s life, giving him a sense of purpose when he wakes up in the morning. He has found himself again by finding a home, and always has a smile on his face that brightens up the room.

About Urban Pathways
Urban Pathways is a New York City-based, nonprofit organization that provides housing and support to homeless and at-risk adults throughout the New York Metropolitan area.  Urban Pathways serves more than 2,000 homeless individuals a year and provides transitional, extended stay and permanent housing to chronically homeless individuals. www.urbanpathways.org.

Urban Pathways X Lyft: Drive to Donate

 

Urban Pathways is proud to announce our partnership with Lyft’s Drive to Donate campaign!

This program by Lyft allows friends, followers and advocates of Urban Pathways and ending homelessness to take part in giving back, all while making some money for themselves! 

Drive to Donate equips non-profit organizations with a unique way to get the word out about the issues that organization serves and are working to address. 

By recruiting eligible drivers from your community to take part in a four-week fundraising campaign you help support Urban Pathways cause in providing #thewayhome. 

Drivers keep 50% of all fares; the other 50% goes directly to support Urban Pathways.

Click on the code to sign up and help us #endhomelessness with Lyft today!

About Urban Pathways
Urban Pathways is a New York City-based, nonprofit organization that provides housing and support to homeless and at-risk adults throughout the New York Metropolitan area.  Urban Pathways serves more than 2,000 homeless individuals a year and provides transitional, extended stay and permanent housing to chronically homeless individuals. www.urbanpathways.org.

Career Day with Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks!

Urban Pathways hosted Career Day yesterday at our newest site in the Bronx.

Urban Pathways hosted Career Day yesterday at our newest site in the Bronx.

Yesterday, Urban Pathways Development Department partnered with the Career Enhancement Program and Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks volunteers to host Career Day at our newest site at 162nd Street in the Bronx.

For our second Career Day with Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks volunteers, we visited our largest and newest site.

The Residences at 162nd Street in the Bronx.

The Residences at 162nd Street in the Bronx.

The residences at 162nd Street have a total of 86, fully furnished, studio apartment units…55 units for formerly homeless men and women and 31 units for low income community residents.

Along with a full service laundry room, 162nd Street has a modern computer lab, backyard patio/sitting area, and community room. Case workers as well as a LPN (licensed practical nurse) are on premises and on hand for resident’s needs. 

All of 162nd's 86 studio units come fully furnished.

All of 162nd's 86 studio units come fully furnished.

Volunteers, led by the staff toured the facility and also met with a resident who showed them his fully furnished one bedroom apartment equipped with a kitchen, bathroom and an amazing view of the city. The resident told his story of being homeless and sleeping in Madison Square Park 6 months ago, and now he is living in his own apartment for the first time in his life.

Program participants and volunteers took part in round-robin sessions including: resume building, mock interviews, dress for success, and interpersonal communication.

Participants were very thankful to have had the opportunity to speak to Goldman Sachs volunteer team. They learned the skills necessary to enter the job market with confidence, as well as furthering their independence, stability, and wellness as fully integrated members of the community.   

We thank Goldman Sachs for their participation in this noble cause. For more information on Urban Pathways Career Day and other organizational volunteer events please email development@urbanpathways.org. 

Program Participant reworking his resume. 

Program Participant reworking his resume. 

About Urban Pathways
Urban Pathways is a New York City-based, nonprofit organization that provides housing and support to homeless and at-risk adults throughout the New York Metropolitan area.  Urban Pathways serves more than 2,000 homeless individuals a year and provides transitional, extended stay and permanent housing to chronically homeless individuals. www.urbanpathways.org.