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Running an organization that provides services to 13,000 individuals with significant histories of trauma and other serious challenges requires one key ingredient: committed, caring staff. At ICL we have those staff members in spades. I learned that from the start of my tenure: On my second day at ICL, I met staff who had babies named after them by clients. Evidence like this, of staff’s extraordinary impact, can be found across the organization.

Just take a look at Donna’s story below. It’s no surprise she was recently recognized as New Yorker of the Week. Equally as unsurprising as it is fitting: Jose Cotto, our Senior Vice President for Residential Treatment, was named a rising star by City and State Magazine, and our former CEO, who retired last fall, was just recognized with a lifetime achievement award by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing for his work in helping people get better with ICL.

In all, ICL has about 1,250 staff members who every day come ready to do what it takes—and often more—to help our clients live their best lives. 

Our staff does so much and I feel it is our responsibility to do more for them. That’s why I have been pushing the city to increase salaries for our frontline workers, who are significantly underpaid on city contracted work. Especially now, with rising costs and in light of their tireless work during the height of the pandemic, these individuals deserve better. I hope the city does right by them.


Jody Rudin


Our Staff "Mom"

Donna Edwards may hold the title of front desk counselor at ICL’s Lawton residence, but to residents of the building, she’s more like mom.  A friendly face anytime anyone enters the building, she knows every one of the 37 residents by their first name and can often be found visiting apartments to check in on folks, assisting residents with cleaning or decorating their rooms, or offering positive affirmations. And throughout that day it’s not uncommon for residents to join her at the front desk to chat when they need a pick-me-up.

Donna was recently recognized as New Yorker of the Week by NY1.

Watch the segment here


New York City Needs a Collaborative Approach to Improving Residents' Whole Health 

Our CEO Jody Rudin recently penned an op-ed about the need for New York City agencies to collaborate and deliver whole health services that recognize that a person’s health status is determined more by things like their housing, food security, and meaningful work than by what happens at a doctor’s office. You can read the op-ed here: NYC Needs A Collaborative Approach

Help is Here: Support for People Suffering from Mental Health Challenges

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. We know many people are experiencing mental health concerns. If you are struggling you are not alone, recovery is possible. We are here to help. 

New Yorkers can call 844-ICL-HOPE (844-425-4673) to speak with specially trained staff who can connect them to the appropriate ICL program or other community resources to support them on the path to better health.


The 2022 ICL Spring Gala will celebrate 35 years of supporting people working to overcome trauma, mental illness, and substance use disorder.   

This year’s gala will recognize the ICL community of outstanding clients, partners, and staff who are helping to bring whole health care to unhoused, mentally ill, and low-income New Yorkers. Funds raised will support greater access to our life-changing services.

Hosted in the Plaza Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, this event will feature a cocktail reception, served three-course meal, auction of exclusive gifts and experiences, and live entertainment. 


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125 Broad Street, Third Floor
New York, New York 10004

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125 Broad Street, Third Floor  | New York, New York 10004
212-385-3030 | info@iclinc.net

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