27 years and counting. That’s how long Rudy de la Haya has been working at CUCS. His career with us spans across decades and programs and we can’t get enough of his stories. We recently sat down with Rudy to learn about the evolution of his career, CUCS, and his take on the humanization of the people we serve.
June 6th marked a special day for CUCS! We celebrated the opening of The Sydelle, our newest supportive housing residence in the Bronx, on a bright, sunny June morning. Located at 600 East 181st Street in the Bronx, the newly constructed building provides 107 homes and on-site support services to homeless and low-income individuals and families, including people with complex psychiatric and medical needs.
Every year, more than 1.1 million people diagnosed with mental illnesses are arrested and booked into jails in the United States.* Poverty, homelessness and substance abuse are common among people with serious mental illnesses who come in contact with the justice system. The CUCS Institute recognized the need to help these inmates learn to cope with their issues to better navigate the prison system. We sat down with Mike Golub, a long time CUCS trainer, who shed some light into the program and his experience as a trainer at Fishkill Correctional Facility.
When picturing New York City, most people imagine glittering glass skyscrapers, miles of sidewalks and large crowds of busy tourists and residents. Gardens and green spaces don’t usually come to mind. But in a place like NYC, how important are green spaces or gardens when there are so many other things to do? Significantly important. Which is why at each of CUCS’ buildings, we have ensured that there is ample outdoor space for our clients.