CEO Fred Shack Responds to New York Times Story

A worker power-washing the pedestrian plaza along Broadway in Manhattan’s garment district.  Photo Credit: Jeenah Moon for The New York Times

A worker power-washing the pedestrian plaza along Broadway in Manhattan’s garment district.
Photo Credit: Jeenah Moon for The New York Times

The New York Times describes how public spaces are increasingly revealing the impact of homelessness on our city, and the tension created when the more than 3,000 people living on the streets utilize these spaces as a source of respite without other alternatives.

With ongoing debate about regulating behaviors in public spaces, Urban Pathways would like to focus public attention and resources on the causes of the problems – an inadequate supply of affordable housing and a shortage of services for people with mental illness and substance use disorders.

Urban Pathways’ Outreach Teams engage people on the streets offering them access to housing, meals, showers, and clothing provided at our Olivieri Drop-in Center or one of our Safe Havens. Our Housing First approach provides stable housing to homeless individuals first, and then addresses any mental health and/or substance use issues. Its effectiveness is clear: 97% of our formerly homeless clients remain stably housed 12 months later.

We’d like to see the City make a greater impact by allocating 30,000 of the 300,000 units in the Mayor’s housing plan to the homeless, and by increasing the availability of drop-in centers and safe havens.

Addressing the root causes of the problems will have a broader and more lasting impact on our City and all of its inhabitants, especially those who use our public spaces because they have no other viable options.

Frederick Shack, LMSW

CEO, Urban Pathways

Read the New York Times article here.

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 3,700 homeless individuals a year and provides transitional, extended stay, and permanent housing to chronically homeless individuals. 
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Thanksgiving with Mizuho Americas

Mizuho Americas volunteer team at Urban Pathways’ 162nd Street Apartments

Mizuho Americas volunteer team at Urban Pathways’ 162nd Street Apartments

Last week, volunteer teams from Mizuho Americas provided and served Thanksgiving dinner to our residents at Cluster House in Manhattan, and the 162nd Street Apartments in the Bronx.

The Mizuho Team personally served a delicious holiday meal to each of our clients. And our clients enjoyed selecting from the broad menu that included not only turkey and stuffing but also macaroni and cheese, rice and beans, pork, and assorted pies for dessert.

Volunteers engaged one-on-one with Urban Pathways’ residents and spoke about a myriad of topics from favorite foods, past thanksgiving memories, and inspiring stories, among others.

This is amazing, we get to have a huge dinner with amazing people who gave their time to serve us. They didn’t have to do that, but so many people here appreciate it. Thank you, so much.” - Robert, Resident of 162nd Street.

Urban Pathways has had a relationship with Mizuho Bank for over a decade. Along with the annual Thanksgiving dinners, Mizuho volunteers painted Ivan Shapiro House a number of years ago and remain committed to the mission of helping move New Yorkers off the streets.

We thank Mizuho and their volunteers for their engagement and generous support.

For more information about Urban Pathways' 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 3,700 homeless individuals a year and provides transitional, extended stay, and permanent housing to chronically homeless individuals. 
www.urbanpathways.orgDonate 

Congratulations to our UPwards Graduates!

UPwards Employment Program

UPwards Employment Program

Urban Pathways’ vision is to provide at-risk and homeless New Yorkers with the housing, services, and support they need to be self-sufficient.

Many formerly homeless men and women who have established residency within Urban Pathways wish to enter, or re-enter the workforce; these individuals face significant barriers to employment including: low educational levels, lack of marketable skills and prior substance abuse among other factors.

One of the programs Urban Pathways provides is the UPwards Employment Program. This program is three-month training that prepares clients with the necessary skills to join the workforce and the community with confidence and independence.

Heading the class was our Career Development Specialist Elaine, who prepared program participants for the workforce by assisting them in learning job skills, creating resumes, applying for specialized licenses and much more.

Participants receive on the job training at many of our sites, shadowing current Urban Pathways employees and learning valuable, translatable skills. Completion of this program allows clients to actively enter the job market continuing to increase their stability and wellness.

UPwards Graduates

UPwards Graduates

Participants also received career clothing from a generous donation — global investment firm KKR. Graduates wore the clothes at their graduation ceremony.

“I am so happy I was able to get into this program. It has helped push me farther than I ever thought I could go. Now with this clothes donation, I think I am ready to get a job and go back to school”– Ian

With your help Urban Pathways provides at risk and homeless men and women with the support needed to overcome these obstacles and secure employment. We believe that all our residents have something special to offer. Our job is to bring out that potential; turning it into performance and helping our clients accomplish their goals.

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 3,700 homeless individuals a year and provides transitional, extended stay, and permanent housing to chronically homeless individuals. 
www.urbanpathways.orgDonate

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 3,700 homeless individuals a year and provides transitional, extended stay, and permanent housing to chronically homeless individuals. www.urbanpathways.org. Donate