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Get your Comedy Cares tickets!

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To get your tickets, click HERE.

CFH in the news!

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Be sure to check out Care For the Homeless' Executive Director Bobby Watts on the Huffington Post! He was named "Greatest Person of the Day!" Congrats Bobby!

Click HERE to read the article.

An exciting new opportunity to help the homeless!

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We know you love Broadway shows and we know you love helping the homeless. Why not do both at the same time?

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Givenik.com, a website that sells DISCOUNT Broadway and Off-Broadway show tickets.

Here's how it works:
You go onto the website and pick which show you want to see. You purchase tickets at a DISCOUNTED price Care for the Homeless gets 5% of the ticket sale. It's that simple!
So make Givenik.com your home for buying show tickets and make sure you go through the Care for the Homeless page to do so. 

Click HERE to check out the CFH page on Givenik.com!

Susan's Place Needs Your Help!

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On Wednesday July 27, Susan's Place, our shelter in the Bronx for mentally ill and medically frail homeless women, was damaged by a massive water main break on Jerome Avenue. Thankfully, all the residents were safely evacuated to other shelters and Susan's Place is now functioning as the "command center" for all the city agencies that responded to the disaster.

The women were evacuated at 6:15 a.m., most in their robes and pajamas. the women need new, or nearly new clothing and shoes (larger sizes are especially needed). Your financial contributions will also help us replace items destroyed in this emergency.

Donations of clothing may be left at Care for the Homeless' main office: 30 E. 33rd St., Fifth floor between Park and Madison Avenues.

Thank you for your assistance.

To DONATE, click HERE.

Meet Leslie

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Working as a Medicaid consultant, Leslie Bell had been to Susan’s Place while doing chart reviews, but it was a chance conversation with Lesley Moody, a Health Educator for CFH, that really showed her what Susan’s Place and CFH was all about. Drawn by wanting to help the women there, she applied for an available position with the agency and after waiting for months, she got the call she had been hoping for.

“I just knew I was going to be here. When I got that phone call to come in, I didn’t just come over, I ran over,” she laughs. “It’s a blessing because I’ve always been interested in working with the homeless population.”

Leslie’s passion for helping people emerged years earlier, when her sister passed away after a battle with HIV.  She promised her sister she would learn more about HIV and how to help others with the disease.

“I was there every step of the way with her,” Leslie said. “I was interested in working with the AIDS population because it hit close to home. Several other…

Father's Day at Susan's Place

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The Father's Day celebration at Susan's Place was a special event for the men who work at the shelter. Not only recognized by Susan's Place Director Natalie Richardson, but by their peers and by the residents as well, the men who make it possible for the women to get back on their feet were treated with a special lunch.

Susan's Place Spotlight: Robert Bennett

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When you think of the Director of Operations at a shelter, you don’t typically imagine a Wall Street broker/DJ working with homeless women on a daily basis, but at Susan’s Place, that’s exactly who Robert Bennett is. Raised in New York, Bennett has the “challenging” role of making sure everything at Susan’s Place is run as it’s supposed to, but he’s not bogged down by the challenge.

“My favorite part of the day is any moment when I can make the women happy and make them smile.  They take to me,” he says. “I guess it’s the positive spirit I bring to them. I check on everything they need.”

Bennett is in charge of more than just the facility at Susan’s Place. He also hosts open-microphone nights for the residents, oversees the gym and yoga classes, encourages the women to attend sewing and cooking classes and he utilizes his bookshelf full of DVDs and old-fashioned popcorn maker in his office for movie nights.

“We wanted to change the mood by what they watch. On movie day we used to s…

Health Educator Spotlight: Jessica

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Raised in northern California, Jessica Faville studied International Development and Economics at UCLA but she realized early on that she was loving her international health classes.

“All my extra-curriculars were health based,” she said. “That’s where my interests were. I was involved with organizations on campus that raised money for pediatric AIDS and I interned for an organization that does summer camps for HIV positive youth. I always knew I wanted to work with HIV. It was the first real disease I saw as a kid. My uncle died of HIV so it drove me to want to do health care.”

From there, she spent time working with HIV and AIDS promotion in a village in Tanzania, working in schools with kids doing health education and was working in San Francisco at a homeless clinic and in a shelter when she heard about CFH.

Now, as a part of the health education team at CFH, Faville works with families, senior citizens and LGBT youth, trying to help homeless people understand the importance of he…

CFH Participates in the AIDS Walk New York

Check out the CFH Open House!

CFH Men's Health Day

Meet Kim

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Born the oldest of six, Kim grew up in Harlem. After high school, she became an addict. After years of moving from one family member’s couch to another, she knew she had to get help.
Susan’s Place is the first shelter that Kim has been in and as she put it, “It’s the first and last.”
She didn’t know what to expect when she arrived at Susan’s Place, but upon getting there, her life “changed tremendously.”
“This place is beautiful. The atmosphere isn’t about thuggin' like it is in other shelters. The staff brings out the good parts of you. This place demands it of you.”
After almost 18 months at Susan’s Place, Kim is moving out into permanent housing.
“I never dreamed I’d be eligible for where I’m going,” she said. “This place has given me a sense of respect and self worth that I’ve never had before.”
Over the past months, Kim has been managing the gym at Susan’s Place, ensuring the new equipment is taken care of and that the women at the shelter are able to be physically active. E…

Peter J. Sharp Men's Health Day

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The Peter J. Sharp Men's Health Day was a success thanks to all the hard work from the CFH Health Education team! (pictured below with Executive Director Bobby Watts)

For more information on the CFH Health Education programs, click HERE.

The Delfonics Take the Stage at Susan's Place

The Delfonics gave the residents of Susan's Place something to cheer about on Wednesday March 18th. Performing their hits "La La (Means I Love You)" and "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)," the trio sang, danced and entertained the ladies and staff in a free concert.




For more information on Susan's Place, click HERE.

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