BronxWorks is organizing the fourth annual Dip Against Homelessness on February 17, in which BronxWorks staff, the Bronx Polar Bears and BronxNet staff will brave the frigid waters of the Long Island Sound to raise awareness about homelessness.
If you prefer to stay dry you can still help by bringing new gloves, socks, hats or scarves to Orchard Beach to donate to BronxWorks homeless service program. Donated items may also be dropped off now, through 5:00 PM, Friday February 16 at the following BronxWorks locations:
- BronxWorks Administrative Office, 60 E Tremont Ave.
- Classic Community Center, 286 E. 156th St.
- Betances Community Center, 547 E. 146th St.
- Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center, 1130 Grand Concourse
- The Living Room, 800 Barretto St.
Homeless men and women are one of the most vulnerable elements of the low-income population. Many have experienced trauma or abuse. Three in five street homeless persons in the Bronx have a mental health condition. Many suffer from alcohol or drug dependence. All struggle to find a warm and safe place where they can lie down for a night’s sleep. Home for street homeless persons is a grassy area near a highway ramp, an abandoned tenement building, or a park bench. Deep sleep, which is essential to good health, is impossible. Safety is often a concern.
Each year the BronxWorks Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) makes thousands of contacts with street homeless men and women. Engagement is the first step in bringing about change. A trip to our Living Room/Safe Haven or a safe bed at a church that collaborates with BronxWorks is the middle step before we help street homeless persons obtain permanent housing. We need your support to continue this assistance.
Please join us. Together, we can bring warmth and peace to some of the most vulnerable people in our community. For more info, contact Allison Gangi at 646-393-4002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.