Mission: Project Renewal''s mission is to renew the lives of homeless men and women in New York City. We focus our efforts on the neediest and least-served of the city''s indigent population - men and women who, in addition to being without a home, cope with mental illness and/or addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Programs: Project Renewal's mission is to empower homeless New Yorkers struggling with mental illness and/or addiction to rebuild their lives with renewed health, homes and jobs.. This comprehensive approach begins on the street where our mobile psychiatric and medical outreach teams - each of which was among the first of its kind - actively reach out to homeless people where they are struggling to survive. Once connected, we can then help people move into a range of residential programs, including ones that help residents achieve sobriety or learn to manage their mental illness. From there, we help people prepare for, find, and keep good jobs: we have created an unprecedented breadth and depth of employment programs and opportunities for men and women with high barriers to employment. The crucial last element in this progression is providing clients with permanent housing, completing their return to self-sufficient life in the community.
I have been a donor for over 10 years and, before electing to give to Project Renewal, researched many similar non-profit organizations. To me, Project Renewal stood out - and continues to stand out - as an exceptionally efficient charity that is able to maximize its impact on the homeless community. Its mission is a powerful one, as it aims to reach out to and rehabilitate the homeless by instilling a sense of personal responsibility. To accomplish this, Project Renewal works to improve the mental and physical health and in cases sobriety of its clients by providing various treatment programs, housing, health assistance and ultimately means to employment. The ultimate goal - which I understand the organization has accomplished on behalf of thousands of New Yorkers - is to enable individuals to return to a self-sufficient life in society. Hence the name "Project Renewal."
I've been a donor to Project Renewal for about 5 years now. My only regret is not hearing about them sooner. They seek out the "hardest to reach" homeless population and embrace them--they find them a home, counseling for addiction and/or mental illness, basic healthcare through their mobile health clinics (which saves our taxes paying for medicaid ER visits!). They either find them a job, or train them for a particular trade if they didn't have one. They help to make the homeless whole again. It's truly amazing how they transform lives, and at such a small cost.