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Urban Pathways Highlights: Robert Offley

Robert Offley receiving his Supporting Housing Network of New York (SHNNY) award for tenant of the year in October of 2017. 

Robert Offley receiving his Supporting Housing Network of New York (SHNNY) award for tenant of the year in October of 2017. 

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.

Recently this past October, Robert was awarded the Tenant of the Year award from the Supportive Housing Network of New York (SHNNY). Further showing his dedication to stability and wellness in the community. 

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.

Urban Pathways opens supportive housing residence at 162nd Street in the Bronx

The Residences at 162nd Street is Urban Pathways newest permanent housing facility. 

The Residences at 162nd Street is Urban Pathways newest permanent housing facility. 

Continuing to be at the forefront of housing New York's at-risk and homeless; Urban Pathways has opened their newest permanent housing residence at 162nd Street in The Bronx. 

"The Residences at 162nd Street" are the eighth permanent supportive housing facility  operated by Urban Pathways.

162nd street opened it's doors in late December and residents have not stopped raving about the building and it's many amenities. 

The lobby of 162nd Street

The lobby of 162nd Street

"I am so happy here at 162nd. It's like a breath of fresh air. They even have a laundry room right downstairs. Earlier this year i was sleeping in the subway, now i have my own apartment. I'm truly blessed" -Fabian (formerly homeless resident) 

Along with a full service laundry room, 162nd Street has 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.

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

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

Also on the premises is a 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 residents needs. 

If you are interested in touring our newest residence or 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 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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Veterans Appreciation Day Barbecue

Yesterday, our residences in the Bronx had a Veterans Appreciation Barbeque in Crotona Park. This pre-Labor Day Celebration honored our program participants who have proudly served in our country's armed forces. Residents from The Clinton Avenue- Boston Road Apartments and Crotona Community Residence came out to join in the celebration.

Along with the staff and residents, community providers like Metro-Plus, Metro –Urgi Care, among others joined the festivities as they networked and learned more about Urban Pathways, our clients, residents, programs and services.

Parks Department workers exercise with program participants 

Parks Department workers exercise with program participants 

The Parks Department was also in attendance as workers from Crotona Park led clients in exercises and spoke to them about how to remain active and healthy. Staff also led residents in games that helped them get to know residents in their sites and in their community.

Program participants were very happy with the event, they enjoyed the food, music and getting to meet other residents as well as learning healthy tips and tricks that help them reintegrate back into the community.

We thank the staff at Clinton/Boston Road and Crotona CR residences for setting up this event.

If you are interested in sponsoring a client event 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