In 1988, CUCS began providing services to the women living at the 350 Lafayette shelter in Lower Manhattan. Over the course of the last 30 years, our 350 Lafayette program expanded to 43 beds and has transitioned nearly 2,000 women into permanent housing. We transformed what was a struggling shelter into a safe community where women with histories of homelessness and mental illness could find safety and stability.
In December 2016, CUCS received two grants to support the Home to Stay Program, one from the Durst Family Foundation and the other from the Lily Auchincloss Foundation. Each foundation asked that the funding be used to provide whatever support or assistance necessary to ensure success for families moving out of shelter and into their own apartments. Although CUCS’ Home to Stay Program will be closing its doors at the end of June, we were able to provide a lasting gift of support to many of the families in the program thanks the generosity of the two foundations.
Did you know that kids who are read to regularly have larger vocabularies, better communication skills and higher self-esteem than those with little to no exposure to books? An early reader also has a stronger sense of confidence and self-image due to their ability to communicate effectively with peers, teachers and parents. So knowing how beneficial it is, how do we ensure that all children have a chance to develop their reading skills?
Despite its success, our Home to Stay program will be closing in June due to the City’s decision to cut funding in order to expand another homeless program. In the final part of our two-part Home to Stay blog series, we take a look at the program’s legacy and impact on staff and clients alike.
CUCS has a number of programs that provide children with stable homes and the support to build brighter futures. With the help of the Ostberg Foundation Children’s Gift Program, now our young residents also have the opportunity to mark off wish lists, develop interests, and just be kids!