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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

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

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.

Nutritional Programs and Workshops at Urban Pathways

Urban Pathways is not just a nonprofit organization serving homeless New Yorkers with housing. The organization is also on the forefront of providing program participants with the tools they need to achieve and sustain independence, stability and wellness as fully integrated members of their communities.

Residents listen to a Nutritionist from The William Ryan Community Health Network 

Residents listen to a Nutritionist from The William Ryan Community Health Network 

One of the many services Urban Pathways offers to our residents is educational workshops. These workshops vary from money management to employment enhancement. Recently one of our more popular workshops has been the nutritional workshops taught by nutritionists from the William F. Ryan Community Health Network.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is put together by Urban Pathways Wellness Coordinators. The workshop goes in depth by explaining what good health is and how that can be accomplished. Teaching the workshop is the Supervisory Health Educator, she goes over what foods are healthy to eat, why they are healthy and what foods are not healthy and the reasons why. On the table where demo’s of common foods that are not good for one’s overall health, the S.H.E. for William Ryan spoke about how these foods contain an excessive amount of sugar, sodium, and cholesterol among other things and how that negatively affects one’s body.

The workshop also explained to participants what healthy foods are and why they are considered good for you. Some clients even had the opportunity to try some healthy snacks. Memorizing the saying “Eat Food- Not Much- Mostly Plants” residents listened as the S.H.E. spoke about the positive nutrients plants provide that how they help maintain our health and well being. Participants learned about good eating habits and where to shop to find healthier alternatives.    

With your help Urban Pathways can continue to provide clients with the support needed to overcome their obstacles and achieve self-sufficiency. We believe that all of our residents have the drive to change their lives for the better. 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 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