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.

From "Keys" to "Work", Urban Pathways highlight's program graduates at their annual Gala.

Because you're homeless doesn’t mean you’re useless. Because you’re homeless doesn’t mean you don’t have a brain or skills” - DeBoRah Dickerson, Former client and Career Enhancement graduate

On Thursday, May 11th at The Grand Hyatt New York, supporters, influencers, and ambassadors for the cause of ending homelessness came together for an evening of hope and opportunity at Urban Pathways annual Gala.

As a data driven and innovative leader, Urban Pathways ensures that over 2,500 homeless and at-risk New Yorkers have the housing, services and support they need to be self-sufficient.

That means we provide everything from Drop in Centers (Antonio Olivieri Center) to permanent housing (our newest site at 162nd Street in the Bronx) along with supportive services like: Career Enhancement and Medical Wellness Programs among others.

Program Graduate Brandon Brown.

Program Graduate Brandon Brown.

Clients like Brandon Brown have benefited from Urban Pathways programs and services. He had been street homeless for 3 years after moving to New York City. After finding Urban Pathways, Brandon now lives in his own apartment in one of our supportive housing residences. He is currently a senior at Mercy College and works as a medical assistant at Lenox Hill Hospital.

None of this would be possible without the support of Urban Pathways donors, who took the theme of “Work” and raised the necessary funds to support, house, train, advise, feed and provide the way home to thousands of homeless and at-risk men and women.


The benefit piggybacked of last year’s theme of “Keys” with clients and program participants speaking about how it felt to receive keys to their own apartments after living on the streets.

The next step in the continuum of care for our clients and program participants is getting them jobs and helping the re-acclimate back into their communities.  

Urban Pathways: Work 

Attendees watched the moving "Work" video and listened to inspirational speeches by Urban Pathways Employment Enhancement graduates Daniel Kochanski and DeBorah Dickerson.

Urban Pathways CEO Fred Shack 

Urban Pathways CEO Fred Shack 

Urban Pathways CEO Fred Shack, President Emeritus of the Board of Directors Gary Belsky, and current President Keith Berger spoke about the work Urban Pathways is doing to combat the rise of homelessness in New York City; and the expansion of the Employment Enhancement Program.

Urban Pathways also honored Global Best Selling Author Paco Underhill, Bill and Neil Cote and Proskauer Rose LLP for their service and dedication.

Auctioneer Extraordinaire CK Swett closed the evening live with a cash call pledge to go along with the silent auction.

Auctioneer CK Swett 

Auctioneer CK Swett 

Thank you to all our supporters and those who attended Urban Pathways gala in helping us end homelessness in New York City.

Thank you for helping us reach at risk and homeless New Yorkers.

Help us continue to provide the way home

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

 

 

 

 

Meet Urban Pathways Success Stories!

Brandon

Brandon had been street homeless for 3 years after moving to New York City from South Carolina in search for better opportunities.

Urban Pathways’ Outreach team engaged Brandon in Port Authority Bus Terminal and helped him move into Travelers Safe-Haven.

Now Brandon lives in his own apartment in one of our supportive housing residences. He is currently a senior at Mercy College and was just hired as a medical assistant at Lenox Hill Hospital.


Daniel

A series of unfortunate events, combined with drug and alcohol use led Daniel to homelessness.

After living on the streets he found Urban Pathways. Once securing housing at one of our residences, Daniel enrolled in the Career Enhancement Program, graduated and is now a full-time Outreach Worker for Urban Pathways.


Robert

Robert had spent the last 20 years living in shelters, streets and most recently Madison Square Park.

Urban Pathways Outreach team engaged Robert for 6 months, ultimately gaining his trust and securing permanent housing for him in our newest residence at 162nd Street in the Bronx.


James

"I just wanted a chance. I am so thankful for Urban Pathways for giving me that chance to get back into the workforce, get off welfare and finally provide for myself." 

James was in and out of jail since age 12 and street homeless as recently as 2013 when he found Urban Pathways. 

James is now a graduate of our Career Enhancement Program and works as maintenance at one of our sites where he is an inspiration to other formerly homeless New Yorkers. 


Johnathan

Johnathan had a tough childhood.

At age 15, his mother was killed in a car accident.

After his older sister took him in, Johnathan dropped out of school and began a life of drug abuse and crime that ended with him serving 6 years in prison.

While in prison, Johnathan gained custodial experience. Upon his release from jail, he got married, and had children but, his heroin addiction led to his divorce.

After his divorce, Johnathan couch-surfed for 6 years, frequenting methadone clinics to subsidize his heroin addiction.

BRC referred him to Urban Pathways. Here Johnathan joined The Employment Enhancement Program, graduated and is now sober and a full-time maintenance worker at one of our residences.


Help us continue to provide #thewayhome

Learn more about the programs and services Urban Pathways provides that help homeless New Yorkers get back on their feet and achieve independence.

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

Meet Community Advocate and former Urban Pathways client DeBorah Dickerson.

DeBorah is a native New Yorker, who spent most of her career working with disenfranchised students throughout NYC.

Deborah was born and raised in Brooklyn. Her father was an alcoholic and abused her mother leading to her moving out with DeBorah and her younger brother.

As the years progressed her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s leading to disputes within the family on what would be best treatment for her. DeBorah wanted to take care of her mother while her family wanted to put her in a nursing home.

During this time DeBorah’s health deteriorated as well making it impossible for her to care for her mom.

Eventually DeBorah lost the fight with her family and her mother was put in a nursing home. Realizing that there was more alcohol abuse going on in the house and her mother was sent to a home; DeBorah decided to leave and chose to be homeless.

She fell on hard times, and she knew she needed help. She went to a local drop-in center to regain her hope and dignity. But she learned that Urban Pathways’ Olivieri Drop-In Center was offering more than a safe place.  

The Staff at Urban Pathways helped her get her benefits and put her back on track.

Today, DeBorah had her own apartment and serves as a community advocate for those without a home and as a chaplain. 

Learn more about the programs and services Urban Pathways provides that help homeless New Yorkers get back on their feet and achieve independence. 

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.

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