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New York Life Foundation Supports Coalition For The Homeless' Camp Homeward Bound

Grant to Enhance the Camp's Educational Curriculum and Sponsor 30 Children

NEW YORK, N.Y., June 29, 2004 - The New York Life Foundation awarded the Coalition for the Homeless an $85,600 grant to support its renowned Camp Homeward Bound Program, the nation's first summer sleep-away camp for homeless children. The grant will enable 30 additional children to attend the summer camp as well as expand the camp's educational staff, and provide educational and artistic supplies.

"We are grateful for the tremendous support of the New York Life Foundation, which will allow homeless boys and girls to leave the city this summer and attend Camp Homeward Bound nestled in the woods and lakes of Upstate New York," said Mary Brosnahan Sullivan, executive director of the Coalition for the Homeless. "Homeless kids often fall behind in their education, as their nomadic existence makes it difficult to find a quiet place to read and maintain their learning skills. Camp Homeward Bound's strong educational component allows homeless children to learn and thrive."

"We are delighted to partner with the Coalition for the Homeless on this project," said Sy Sternberg, chairman and chief executive officer of New York Life Insurance Company and chairman of the New York Life Foundation. "Camp Homeward Bound offers critical educational programming that provides homeless children with a foundation for future success. It also offers a recreational environment that gives disadvantaged campers a safe place to grow."

Located on a lakefront wilderness in Harriman State Park in Upstate New York, Homeward Bound is the ideal respite from the city shelter system. Each summer, campers between the ages of 6 and 17, spend 19 days at a camp session filled with a unique mix of educational, recreational and creative activities.

This year, at least 300 children will enjoy the camp's facilities, which include a Computer Center, a Science Discovery Center, and a "giving library" that distributes books to children after they leave camp. Recreational and creative programs include swimming, boating, sports, nature hikes, talent shows, campfires, music, dance and art projects. Reading and writing are incorporated into many activities to promote literacy and make learning fun for children who rarely have the opportunity to enjoy themselves.

About Coalition for the Homeless
The Coalition for the Homeless ( was founded in 1981 on the principle that decent shelter, sufficient food, affordable housing, and the chance to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society. The Coalition has worked through litigation, public education, and direct services to ensure that these goals are realized. Each day the Coalition helps nearly 3,500 homeless New Yorkers find homes and jobs, eat nutritious meals, receive benefits, further their education and learn basic life skills. In addition to Camp Homeward Bound, the Coalition's network of 11 direct service programs include a mobile soup kitchen that serves up to 800 meals a night; crisis intervention services; a job training program for formerly homeless mothers; free voice mail accounts enabling homeless people to connect with employers and landlords; and supportive housing for homeless people living with AIDS.

About the New York Life Foundation
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the New York Life Foundation ( is the major vehicle through which New York Life Insurance Company channels contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. Through its Nurturing the Children initiative, the Foundation supports organizations, programs and services that target young people, particularly in the areas of mentoring, safe places to learn and grow, and educational enhancement opportunities. Through Volunteers for LIFE, its national community involvement initiative, New York Life also encourages volunteer participation by its employees, agents and retirees.

Lisa Fels

Linda Marie Giammona
Coalition for the Homeless

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