I have a friend who lives in Jericho Housings Kingsbridge Terrace location. I have to say that it feels a bit awkward at times when I have to leave my ID downstairs in the lobby. I feel uncomfortable with it. Sometimes I'm afraid to visit my friend because of the fear of violating a rule that I'm unaware of that could potentially get my friend in trouble. To be honest the set up that the building has is a bit too strict... for a building that advocates helping veterans it seems like they have rules in place because they don't trust their tenants. At times it feels like I'm visiting a patient.
The Jericho Project is an amazing organization, that I have had the privilege of working with for the last year and a half. The staff, board members, and volunteers are incredibly dedicated to helping not only veterans but the entire homeless population. Jericho's unique approach to homelessness offers a whole range of services to assist people.
Jericho Project has a dedicated staff and group of volunteers who work very hard for this organisation. I've been involved with Jericho since it was a tiny project working out of a squalid office in a run down SRO. Even then the help provided to its 20 or so clients was transformative. I'm still friends with some of the reisedents I met there in the early 80's, men and women who have been loving to their family, friends and larger community. It's amazing what a little consistent help and support can accomplish. Now Jericho has a large budget and helps thousands but still one wonderful human at a time and for as long as they need help.
Jericho Project provides the tender loving care so many people lack in their difficult lives. Expecting people to be honest hard working, etc. the folks at Jericho are helpful and supportive and remain so even when people fall short of these expectations. As with all of us, we need our support systems most during the trying times in our life. Jericho is there for people when they are at their neediest and when they are on a roll, they can take advantage of all the many available resources in education, technical training, employment, medical health and family services etc. Jericho meets my idea of a nearly perfect social service organisation.
This is a generous group of people (staff, volunteers, board members) that provide a solution to the homeless. On any given night, a virtual army of 150,000 veterans are homeless across the nation, including an estimated 1,200 in New York City. I think we all get a little desensitized to the meaning of numbers that are cast about day after day ... A billion here, a trillion there, five hundred million over here, and after awhile all the talk and all the numbers become mindless background noise.
The Jericho Project as an Organization has made a tremendous impact on the Community as a whole. Experiencing the accomplishments first hand by taking part in the Associate Board and our various events, you see what the Organization really means to not only the veterans but the homeless community as well. The Staff and fellow board members are very enthusiastic and involved and it is an amazing Organization to be part of.
Jericho has played an incredibly important role in getting people “off the streets & on with life”. There is no better way to say that. With an issue like homelessness it is great to see an organization like Jericho be so hands on in the process. The additional training, counseling and goals of the organization show that it is truly here to help people for the long run. It is amazing to see the actual process first hand not only through our many generous monetary donations at different events, but also in the form of volunteers helping to furnishing, painting, etc. of a new home for a needy family. I started attending events by the associate board about 3yrs ago and I was so impressed that I became a proud member of the associate board about 1yr ago. It is great to see a continued effort to get more people involved first hand because that can only help to lead to more success in the future.
For over twenty years I have been involved in Jericho, first as a friend of director, donator, director, treasurer, Head of finance committee and member of the executive committee.
As a proud member of Jericho’s Veterans Advisory Board I have had first hand experience in all of the good that they are accomplishing in the New York City area. Helping spread the word about all of this is a no brainer, everyone likes to hear good news especially when it has a direct impact on their own neighborhood. Whether it be helping out organize an event or just talking to friends about The Jericho Project, I’m happy to do my part.
I am a pround member of this wonderful organization. Jericho is one of this country’s leaders in providing supportive housing for the homeless, including homeless veterans. Jericho’s unique supportive housing model goes far beyond merely providing shelter; it includes comprehensive counseling, job training and family reunification. Through our Veteran’s Initiative, we are currently building two state-of-the-art, LEED-certified veterans’ residences, featuring small studio apartments and staff offices. to be able to actually see the dollars at work, and being employed so cost effectively is one of the things that sets this organization apart from the rest