The Sharing Community provides a wide variety of programs to benefit people in need in our community. These programs enable us to impact the lives of thousands of people each year, in many different ways.
Although we began as an organization to provide food and shelter to the homeless, we soon realized that in order to work effectively, we would also need to address a number of related issues, including mental health, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS education and prevention.
Last year, more than 400 different single homeless individuals found shelter or housing with supportive services; including nutritious means, medical care, mental health and/or substance abuse counseling, as well as case management services.
More than 80,491 nutritious meals served by our kitchen at 1 Hudson Street – over7,458 each month – were prepared and served to soup kitchen guests, shelter clients, and residents of our housing facilities. Unfortunately, the soup kitchen is now only open 5 days a week instead of 7 due to funding and budgetary constraints.
On average, 160 people came to our Soup Kitchen every day during 2016. The need for these mels has grown by more than 30% since the start of the recession in late 2008. The kitchen was able to open EVERY day last year, including on the days in which we had major storms. However beginning in September of 2016 we wereforced to reduce meal service to 5 days a week.
More than nine hundred different unsheltered homeless individuals were engaged by our HOST workers on the streets of southwest Yonkers or our Hudson Street site, 916 to be exact. Our workers provided shelter referrals, domestic violence interventions, detox and medical referrals, food pantry and food stamp assistance, and entitlements advocacy.
12,190+ that’s the number of days since The Sharing Community first opened our doors to help those in need in 1983. Every one of those days built on the combined efforts of staff, volunteers, supporter, and the community as a whole.
One, as in “one time.” In reality, this is the key number in how we try to help people. One meal, one bed, one referral, one person, one mission…one community.