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Commemorating Juneteenth

This month we recognized Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when the last enslaved African Americans learned about their freedom—over two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is a celebration, as well as a reminder that we must never stop fighting for justice and equality. As a health and human services organization that serves many people from historically marginalized communities, ICL is committed to reducing disparities and enhancing equity through our whole-health care.

Happy Pride from ICL!

This Pride Month, we are celebrating on social media by asking our team to share what pride means to them. Check out their thoughtful and inspiring responses on our channels!

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Crain’s New York named ICL’s Jody Rudin as a Notable LGBTQIA+ Leader. Jody was selected for her inclusive approach to leadership and dedication to advancing a whole health model for New Yorkers experiencing significant behavioral health challenges.


Ivor Achieves Independence

In the early 2000s, Ivor had completed his Associates degree and embarked on a successful career in technology. But he also experienced mental health and anger management challenges. His struggles took him in unexpected and painful directions—ultimately leading to his incarceration.

On his release, Ivor was determined to turn his life around. He enrolled in Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS), ICL’s community-based, whole health program that provides wellness groups, psychotherapy, and medication management out of our East New York Health Hub.

Ivor set his sights on finding stable housing, managing his mental health, reintegrating into the community, and maintaining his independence. Over the past three years, Ivor has proven that nothing will stop him from achieving his ambitious goals.

Today he regularly participates in groups focused on health, wellness, and financial literacy, which have helped him build skills and confidence. Working closely with his recovery specialist and psychiatrist, Ivor identified and tackled barriers that could hinder his progress. He also reconnected with family, including his sister and aunt. “They are the backbone of my support system,” he shares.

This spring, Ivor moved into ICL’s Broadway residence and is living independently. He is also a passionate writer and recently published his first book, which explores spiritual themes. “ICL was a crucial part of the village that helped me get to where I am today,” says Ivor. “I am proud of my own persistence and hard work. I have such a sense of accomplishment.”


Nevins Street Apartments: One Year of Success

Our Nevins Street Apartments program just marked one year providing housing paired with whole health supports for individuals and families experiencing homelessness and mental health challenges—offering a highly successful model addressing the city’s dual housing and mental health crises.

Since opening a year ago, 90 percent of Nevins Street residents have not needed to visit a psychiatric emergency room; 36 percent are connected to mental health services; 87 percent are at less risk for substance use disorder; and the number of residents seeing a primary care physician more than doubled.

These outcomes are remarkable, but feedback from those who live at Nevins is just as telling of its impact. “I love living here because of the peace it gives me, the supportive staff, and how I can be independent. I’ve proved to myself that I can do this,” says Yumedys, a resident of Nevins.


Institute for Community Living 

ICL helps New Yorkers of all backgrounds and ages living with serious mental illness, substance use disorder, and developmental disabilities achieve greater health and independence.

Your gift will immediately help those with the greatest need. Please take a moment to help people get better with us. 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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New York, New York 10004

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