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Giving Thanks

In this season of gratitude, we are thankful for our staff, Board, volunteers, and many supporters. Your commitment helps New Yorkers with behavioral health challenges live healthy and fulfilling lives.

Ahead of Thanksgiving, we distributed turkeys, chickens, produce, and other staples at the East New York HUB food pantry in partnership with Community Healthcare Network. The program serves more than 350 households weekly, including children and seniors. It provides food in a community that has one of the city’s highest rates of food insecurity at 18.3%.


Honoring Our Veterans

This National Veterans Month, we recognized those who have bravely served our country. Unfortunately, according to a recent report, 13% of New Yorkers experiencing homelessness are veterans.

ICL operates Borden Avenue Residence, New York City’s only shelter that exclusively serves veterans, where we hosted a series of events to further support the long-term stability of clients. We are grateful to our many partners for their generosity—including Grubhub, which provided 500 meals from veteran-owned restaurant O'Neills, and General Needs, which provided sneakers, hats, gloves, and other essentials for our veteran guests. But we recognize that stability is best built through permanent housing and are proud to report that we successfully transitioned more than 100 veterans out of Borden Avenue Veterans Residence and into their own homes this year, marking a significant milestone in their whole-health journey.

And there is more to come. Earlier this month, President & CEO Jody Rudin proudly stood alongside the New York City Council as they announced legislation to address the mental health needs of veterans. ICL has long advocated for investments in mental health services specifically designed for this population.


YOU Can Make Dreams Come True

It’s no secret that New York City is facing major challenges. Tens of thousands of people are sleeping in shelters every night and demand for mental-health services is soaring.

Behind these trends and numbers are real people with hope for a better future. ICL meets New Yorkers where they are and works with them 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. No matter where our participants start or where they want to go, ICL is there to provide compassionate whole-health care along the way.

Thank you to everyone who donated to ICL on Giving Tuesday—your generosity helps make dreams come true. It’s not too late to give this holiday season! There are thousands of individuals and families who urgently need your help.


In the News


ICL’s leadership and expertise continue to be highlighted in major media outlets:

Helmsley Trust awards $2.3 million to Institute for Community Living

In New York City, Housing Silos Prevent Reunification

Progress is slow on NYC mental health crisis a year after Adams roadmap

New pilot tackles city’s long waitlist for mental health programs


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 believe all people should have the opportunity to live healthy and fulfilling lives. 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.


Contact Us

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

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