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Celebrating a Changing Spaces Milestone

One year ago, we welcomed the first guests into our Changing Spaces program in Coney Island. The warm, private, home-like setting provides a small group of guests who have experienced long-term homelessness with tailored, high-touch, and trauma-informed services. The goal is to quickly find suitable, permanent housing for everyone who comes through our doors.

“Changing Spaces has given me outstanding support,” says Jenny, a guest who was unhoused for more than two years before coming to the program. “It is a safe place to live with respectful and friendly staff who are supporting me to establish a routine and secure housing. I am on the path to a better me.”

Over the past year, Changing Spaces has served 30 guests, including seven who are current residents and 23 who have transitioned into housing in the community. Guests have made incredible strides toward stability—90% have been connected to benefits, 75% are engaged with medical care, and 50% have secured employment.


Expanding Services for People with Developmental Disabilities

In case you missed it, amNewYork published an opinion piece that illustrates the challenges faced by individuals living with serious mental health challenges and developmental delays. For years, Lupe fiercely advocated for the proper care for her son Devon, who is dually diagnosed with autism and schizophrenia. At ICL, Lupe was finally able to get Devon the support he needed—but New York must invest in more comprehensive services for families like theirs.


Welcome, Dr. Hunter McQuistion

We are thrilled to announce Dr. Hunter McQuistion has joined ICL as Medical Director for Psychiatry Education and Special Initiatives. Dr. McQuistion is a preeminent community psychiatrist who has been practicing in the public sector for decades and will bring a wealth of expertise to his work with ICL program participants and staff. He has held clinical and executive roles in both academic medical centers and community-based settings, including at Mount Sinai, Project Renewal, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, NYC Health + Hospitals, and NYU Langone. Read more about Dr. McQuistion’s appointment here.


Introducing ICL's Whole Health Learning Collaborative

This month ICL's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Glen Davis launched the Whole Health Learning Collaborative, a virtual seminar series to promote professional development within the behavioral health community. Speakers represent a variety of disciplines that are central to ICL's work in supporting people living with mental health challenges, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.
We are grateful to Harvey Rosenthal of The Alliance for Rights and Recovery for kicking off the series! Join us on February 15th at 1 PM for our next event.



YOU Make Dreams Come True

We are deeply grateful to everyone who donated to ICL this holiday season. Your support ensures ICL can work with New Yorkers to achieve their unique goals—whether that’s connecting with a mental health provider, enjoying a warm and nutritious meal every night, accessing recovery support, or moving into a new home.

On Giving Tuesday, your contributions to the David Woodlock Arts Fund meant families got to participate in a cherished New York City tradition: holiday dinner and a show. Check out this video to see the magical moments you helped create. Thank you for your support!


Institute for Community Living — People Get Better With Us

It is ICL's mission to help New Yorkers with behavioral health challenges live healthy lives by providing comprehensive housing, health care, and recovery services. We take a trauma-informed approach—meeting the people we serve wherever they are, working together to support them in achieving their goals.

Support ICL

Please take a moment to help people get better with us. Your gift will immediately help those with the greatest need. To discuss your gift or learn more about your giving options, please email Development@iclinc.net or call 212-385-3030, x 10004.  


Call 844-ICL-HOPE (844-425-4673) to connect to resources.

Visit iclinc.org to learn more about ICL programs and services.


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Institute for Community Living (ICL)
125 Broad Street, Third Floor
New York, New York 10004

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