Pocketbooks for Paps Drive

Did you know that approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year in the United States?

Care for the Homeless (CFH) is educating women who are experiencing homelessness on the risks of cervical cancer and will be giving away pocketbooks as incentives. Would you like to help?

Look through your closets, trunks and storage bins for lightly loved pocketbooks, wallets or bags to donate! Or, find a great sale and buy 1 or 2 to donate. You can host a pocketbook drive at your office, church, community group, or with your friends. We can help you achieve this with some tips and instructions to help you put together a successful drive.

The pocketbooks will be given to homeless women in order to encourage them to take charge of their health by getting their annual Pap test and pelvic exam.

Drop-off Location30 E 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016
Please drop off items by January 15, between 9 AM and 5 PM
Questions? Email

Homeless Persons' Memorial Day Increases Awareness

On December 21, in partnership with Long Island University Brooklyn and Urban Pathways, Care for the Homeless (CFH) held its 6th Annual Homeless Persons' Memorial Day Service, commemorating those who passed away this year while experiencing homelessness. The event was streamed LIVE on Periscope, which you may view here.

If you do not have time to view the entire 60 minute service, you may read what the press has to say about the service via the links below:

December 19 - Homeless people who died this year to be recognized at memorial service 

Pix 11 News
December 21- Nearly 200 homeless men and women who died in New York City remembered at memorial service

Global Citizens
December 22 - In 2017, Violence and Injustice Killed at Least 188 Homeless New Yorkers

Brooklyn Paper
December 27 - Gone but not forgotten: Do-gooders host winter-solstice vigil at Fort Greene university for city’s deceased homeless

"With temperatures below freezing every day since Christmas, homeless New Yorkers…

Happy Holidays from Care for the Homeless

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Access to health care is under attack in our country. Please help us to expand our work serving homeless New Yorkers and continue to make health care accessible to those who desperately need it. We ask you today to consider making a donation, of any amount, to support the fight against homelessness. Here's how you can make a difference this holiday season.

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Sophie Cares for the Homeless

As a Nurse Practitioner, Sophie cares for homeless individuals in New York City in her own special way. She started working at Care for the Homeless only two months after graduating from Yale University with her Master’s Degree in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Sophie is originally from Portland, Oregon. She received her bachelor’s from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California in 2013 and moved to New York City in 2014 when she started her studies at Yale. Sophie says her mentors at Yale referred her to Care for the Homeless (CFH), where she now practices medicine at two CFH health centers, one in Queens and the other in the Bronx. She enjoys working at CFH because she is always “learning from [her] patients.” She says coming from Oregon to living in New York and working at CFH, she learned a lot about the challenges the city brings and the “incredible resilience” that is needed to live in NYC, especially as someone experiencing homelessness. “I am always inspired by my …

Destiny says "Yes, I Care for the Homeless"

Destiny found herself homeless after her mother’s home became “overcrowded.” Her family realized it was time for someone to move out or else they would need to find a larger place to live, which they could not afford. To ease her mother’s financial burden, Destiny decided to leave home with her two children. After an unsuccessful search because she could not afford New York’s high cost of living, Destiny and her two daughters moved into a family shelter. They have been living in the shelter for three years now and receive health care at one of Care for the Homeless’ (CFH) health centers.
During one of her health center visits, Destiny learned about CFH’s Peer-to-Peer Outreach Program (PPOP). PPOP is a program created by CFH to reach out to and connect with unstably housed people, who are often hard to reach and may not have adequate access to health care. Destiny currently has a job, but says she does not work enough hours to qualify for housing through Section 8, federally subsidiz…

Homeless Persons' Memorial Day

On Thursday, December 21, Care for the Homeless (CFH) will hold a memorial service in observation of Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. In the United States and remainder of the Northern Hemisphere, December 21 is also the winter solstice, which marks the longest night of the year. The memorial will commemorate those who passed away in New York City while unstably housed. The memorial is co-sponsored by the Master of Public Administration Program at LIU Brooklyn and Urban Pathways.
At CFH’s memorial service, the names of approximately 100 individuals will be read at the service. As each name is read a bell will toll, a candle will be lit, and information about the person will be projected on a screen. Several individuals will receive short eulogies by people who knew them. There will also be an opportunity for participants to add the name of anyone they are remembering who passed away this year while unstably housed.
“For most people, the winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, b…

Yasmin Cares for the Homeless

After constant disagreements with her mother, Yasmin found herself homeless. “I guess you could say things were a little dysfunctional growing up,” she said. Yasmin does not blame her mother for being homeless. “If it were up to my mom, I would have never left home, but I was rebellious, a lot. I would leave and always come back,” she said. It eventually got to a point where Yasmin’s mother ran out of patience. Yasmin decided to leave home with her two-year old daughter and move into a shelter. “I’ve been in the shelter for about a year now,” she said. We need more people to care about homelessness. When asked about her stance on the growing number of homeless people living in New York City, Yasmin said, “we need more people to care about homelessness in order for it to end. There is an obvious money issue in the fight to end homelessness.” She said if people can afford to give to the cause, they should. If they cannot financially afford to give, then they should try to help in other wa…