Giving Tuesday 2018 with Urban Pathways!

After the shopping events post-Thanksgiving in Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the official charitable season on Tuesday, November 27th with an entire day dedicated to giving back.

#GivingTuesday has become a staple in end-of-year giving and supports organizations like Urban Pathways and celebrates philanthropy during the holiday season. #GivingTuesday connects groups of communities, organizations, missions, and individuals worldwide with the goal of celebrating and encouraging giving.

Utilizing the power of social media, and those eager to give back, #GivingTuesday is bringing change to communities and expanding the need to give during the holiday season.

As a global movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.”

Stay tuned for more from Urban Pathways as we will be creating a special page dedicated to Giving Tuesday!

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 Metropolitan area. Urban Pathways serves more than 2,500 homeless individuals a year and provides transitional, extended stay, and permanent housing to chronically homeless individuals. www.urbanpathways.org. Donate

A Conversation with the New President of Urban Pathways' Board of Directors, Steven Sheppard DiCesare

 President of Urban Pathways’ Board of Directors, Steven “Shep” DiCesare.

President of Urban Pathways’ Board of Directors, Steven “Shep” DiCesare.

Urban Pathways’ Communications Staff recently sat down with our new President of the Board of Directors, Steven Sheppard DiCesare. Get to know more about “Shep” and why he feels such a strong connection to the mission of Urban Pathways.

1. Why did you decide to join Urban Pathways’ Board of Directors?

I joined the Board through Robin Hood. I was looking to become part of a dynamic, mission-focused non-profit that truly served New York City’s neediest population. Robin Hood referred me to Urban Pathways and I knew I wanted to become involved immediately!

2. What interests you most about the work that we do at Urban Pathways?

Urban Pathways’ employees have a non-stop client focus. Our staff goes above and beyond for our clients again and again.

 Urban Pathways’ Street Outreach Team engaging a homeless individual.

Urban Pathways’ Street Outreach Team engaging a homeless individual.

3. What about Urban Pathways’ mission really speaks to you?

Our mission is a simple one: take our homeless clients, no matter where they came from, no matter what their current situation, and meet them where they are. Offer them a chance to enter stable, supportive housing and start down a journey of independence and dignity. This is an extremely powerful message and one that infuses everything that we do, from the Board of Directors to the most recent staff hire.

4. How long have you been on the Board of Directors?

I joined the Board in 2009. I have previously served as Board Secretary, Board Vice-President, and now I serve as President.


 Urban Pathways’ President Emeritus Keith Berger (L) and Board President Steven “Shep” DiCesare.

Urban Pathways’ President Emeritus Keith Berger (L) and Board President Steven “Shep” DiCesare.

5. How do you think your experience as a Director prepared you for your new role as President?

Understanding how the organization worked, working closely with Fred Shack and other management, and taking on various leadership roles has made my transition a smooth one.

6. What are your primary goals as the new Board President?

I’d like to grow Urban Pathways’ profile through social media and explore new avenues of fundraising. The work our staff does is amazing and the more people that know about it, the more will support our work. Being featured on CNN this summer was no fluke! Working with Fred Shack, I also want to ensure that our employees are acknowledged and supported in many ways.


7. On which other Board committees do you serve?

I serve on the Executive Committee (which consists of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer), the Personnel Compensation Committee, and the Nominating Committee.


8. What are the characteristics of a great board member?

Dedication to Urban Pathway’s mission - for a Board member, this primarily manifests itself in two ways: participating in Board meetings and committee meetings, and actively fundraising for the organization. In addition, a great Board member needs to be constantly learning about all facets of the organization, from its fiscal health, to HR, to operations, to our program offerings. You never know where the next challenge or opportunity may arise, so having that broad knowledge is invaluable.

 Career Day event with Urban Pathways’ clients and volunteers from Goldman Sachs including Board Member Adam Heft.

Career Day event with Urban Pathways’ clients and volunteers from Goldman Sachs including Board Member Adam Heft.

9. Is there anything that you would like to say specifically to Urban Pathways’ staff?

To Urban Pathways’ staff-- Thank You! You are on the front line every day making the lives of homeless and formerly homeless individuals better. Without you, fighting for our clients every day, we would not be able effect the change that we have. Know that you are appreciated and commended by myself and the entire Board of Directors.

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 Metropolitan area. Urban Pathways serves more than 2,500 homeless individuals a year and provides transitional, extended stay, and permanent housing to chronically homeless individuals. 
www.urbanpathways.org. Donate

Client Success Story Update: Johnathan Gilmore

Johnathan had a tough childhood.

At age 15, his mother was killed in a car accident, 2 days before Christmas.

After his older sister took him in, Johnathan had behavioral problems in school that led to him dropping out in the 10th grade and enrolling in Job Corps.

While in Job Corps, Johnathan learned vocational and custodial skills, but he began using heroin and became a functional addict. His addiction led to him being part of an armed robbery, for which he served 6 years in jail.

While in prison, Johnathan gained more custodial experience and completed certifications in Building Super and Building and Custodial Maintenance.

Upon his release, he got married and had children. Unfortunately, his heroin addiction resurfaced and eventually led to his divorce.

After his divorce, Johnathan couch-surfed with friends and family and slept in shelters for 6 years while frequenting methadone clinics to manage his heroin addiction.

Johnathan got involved with advocacy while in the shelter system which allowed him to become a client representative with Volunteers of America. That opportunity, and Johnathan’s need for housing, led to him being referred to Urban Pathways.

In 2015, Johnathan was one of the first clients to be placed at Urban Pathways’ newly renovated Cluster House on the Upper West Side.

In 2016, he joined the UPwards Employment Program, graduated, and has been working in maintenance at Urban Pathways for over 2 years.

This summer, Johnathan was part of the Moving On Initiative which allowed him to move from Cluster House to his own apartment.

Johnathan is doing great, settling in and continuing to work as much as he can. He just purchased a kitchen set, and bedroom furniture.

I have no challenges, only joys. I love my new apartment. I just bought a new bed set, kitchen set, and microwave. I work as much as I can to stay busy and it keeps me focused and on the right track.” – Johnathan Gilmore

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 Metropolitan area. Urban Pathways serves more than 2,500 homeless individuals a year and provides transitional, extended stay, and permanent housing to chronically homeless individuals. 
www.urbanpathways.org. Donate

Career Day with Goldman Sachs & Co.

 Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks volunteers, residents, Career Enhancement program participants, Urban Pathways staff, pose during Career Day. 

Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks volunteers, residents, Career Enhancement program participants, Urban Pathways staff, pose during Career Day. 

Last week, Urban Pathways welcomed volunteers from Goldman Sachs & Co.’s Community TeamWorks program to our residence at 162nd Street in the Bronx.

The Goldman Sachs volunteer team worked one-on-one with Urban Pathways’ residents and Career Enhancement Program participants who have completed occupational coursework and are preparing to seek employment.

Volunteers partnered with the Urban Pathways Career Enhancement team, facilitating workshops in digital literacy, resume building, money management, and interviewing. Goldman Sachs' volunteers had the opportunity to tour our newest Bronx residence, meeting residents and program staff.

Program participants were excited to learn valuable job search skills from the Goldman Sachs volunteer team. These skills will benefit participants as they enter the job market.     

I thank Urban Pathways and Goldman Sachs for taking the time to help people like me that are trying to get back into the job market. These sessions gave me confidence in my job search and interview process.”  - Nelson, program participant 

We thank Goldman Sachs for their participation and generous support. For more information about Urban Pathways' Career Days and other organizational volunteer events, please email 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 Metropolitan area. Urban Pathways serves more than 2,500 homeless individuals a year and provides transitional, extended stay, and permanent housing to chronically homeless individuals. 
www.urbanpathways.org. Donate