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.
Today is World Health Day! This year the day has been committed to raising awareness about diabetes. To highlight the prevalence of diabetes among homeless and formerly homeless people, we invited Dr. Van Yu, Chief Medical Officer of CUCS’ Janian Medical Care, to share his insight into this treatable, yet debilitating disease.
Tony Hannigan, LMSW, is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Center for Urban Community Services. From 1983-1993, Tony was primarily responsible for the growth of Columbia University Community Services, an interdisciplinary project that developed various neighborhood-based programs for homeless and low income individuals. During this time, he was also a Senior Staff Associate and faculty member at the Columbia University School of Social Work. In 1993, Tony led the spin-off of CUCS from Columbia University. Today, CUCS works with 50,000 people annually in New York City and nationally.
For the final part of our Social Worker Scholarship blog series, we sat down with Luna Malachowski Bajak, a social worker at The Christopher supportive housing residence. After two years of working as a case manager at our 350 Lafayette transitional housing program, Luna became one of NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene’s Mental Health Scholarship Program recipients and began studying for her Master’s in Social Work. Here is her take on the challenging program, on being a social worker, and her advice to aspiring social workers.