Grant Supports Shelter-Based After-School Programs and Summer Camp For Homeless Children
NEW YORK, N.Y., June 9, 2005 — The Coalition for the Homeless today announced a $140,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to support both its after-school programs at five New York City shelters and its summer camp programs. The funds will enhance the Coalition's after-school educational enrichment activities for children living in shelters. In addition, the grant will support the creation of a summer day camp for children at multiple shelters and also enable 30 children to attend the Coalition's 19-day off-site summer camp in upstate New York.
"The New York Life Foundation continues to be a valued partner and friend to countless numbers of New York City homeless children and their families. With support from the Foundation these children can get the academic support and recreational activities they critically need and deserve," said Mary Brosnahan Sullivan, executive director of the Coalition for the Homeless. "Without help from partners like the New York Life Foundation, homeless children might not get the opportunity to further their academic careers or leave the confines of the shelter behind to experience the joy of going away to camp."
"We are delighted to continue to support Coalition for the Homeless and their indispensable youth programs," said Sy Sternberg, chairman and chief executive officer of New York Life Insurance Company and chairman of the New York Life Foundation. "The Coalition's programs provide these children with knowledge and experiences that are vital in a child's life. We are pleased that we can help to fund programs that make a significant impact on the lives of these children and their families." The grant from New York Life Foundation will enhance after-school programming at the shelter during the school year. The grant will also create a "mini day camp" for children who spend their summers in homeless shelters. With the help of New York Life Foundation, the Coalition's educational programming in shelters will be expanded to provide year-round programming as well as a mini day camp from 1 to 5 P.M. in July and August. Programming for the camp will be a mixture of educational and recreational activities including weekly field trips to museums, science centers and other cultural institutions.
The grant also allows 30 additional children to attend Camp Homeward Bound. The Camp, located in the pristine wilderness of Harriman State Park in upstate New York, is the country's first summer camp designed specifically for homeless children and offers the ideal respite from the uncertainty and despair of shelter life. The Camp offers a wide array of educational, recreational and creative programs to 300 homeless children every summer.
About Coalition for the Homeless
The Coalition for the Homeless (www.coalitionforthehomeless.org) 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 (www.newyorklifefoundation.org) 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.
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