Lift Up Westchester
35 Orchard St.
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White Plains, NY 10603
Class of Housing: Housing and Feeding Services
Lifting Up Westchester restores hope to Westchester County's men, women and children in need by providing them with food, shelter and support—and lifting them to greater self-sufficiency with dignity and respect.
For almost four decades, Lifting Up Westchester has worked to permanently change the lives of our neighbors in crisis by finding them stable, long-term, housing and providing the support they need to rebuild their lives. We serve approximately 3,500 Westchester residents each year through four key program areas:
Emergency Food & Shelter : We operate a 19 bed women's shelter and a 38 bed men's shelter in downtown White Plains, as well as drop-in shelters for both men and women with capacity for 30 adults. On weekdays, our soup kitchen serves 60 to 100 individuals a mid-day meal, as well as packed meals to take-away.
Housing Stabilization : We identify safe, stable and affordable housing options for those living in shelter and on the streets and help these clients transition into independent living where possible. For those community members with mental health or other challenges, we provide ongoing financial assistance and a support system to help them maintain their housing. We currently have over 200 individuals living in our supportive housing units - 90% of them have been stably housed for more than 5 years.
Vocational Training & Employment : LUW trains low-income individuals to become certified home health aides who we then employ in our social enterprise, Neighbors Home Care Services, a licensed home care agency. Through Neighbors, we currently employ 175 aides who provide low cost, high quality care to seniors who wish to remain in their homes. Through our partnerships with other agencies, we provide additional vocational training, job readiness, and job search programs to assist clients in finding and maintaining employment.
Next Generation Educational Opportunities : We provide after-school mentoring and summer camp programs for over 500 homeless children to ensure that they are the first in their families to go to college and the last to live in poverty. We start working with students age 5 in our literacy program and offer programs throughout their school years, ending with a mentoring and college prep program for high school students. 100% of our students graduated from high school last year (compared to 50% of homeless children nationally) with 89% enrolling in college and the remaining 11% in vocational school.
Helpful Definitions For Lift Up Westchester:
Supportive Housing Programs that provide an alternative living arrangement for individuals who, because of age, disability, substance abuse, mental illness, chronic homelessness or other circumstances, are unable to live independently without care, supervision and/or support to help them in the activities of daily living; or who need access to case management, housing support, vocational, employment and other services to transition to independent living.
How To Volunteer at Lift Up Westchester:
Be a volunteer. Call Lift Up Westchester at (914)9493098 for current volunteer work opportunities.
As A General Note About ShelterListings.org Listings:
ShelterListings.org does our best to provide listings that are free of cost. Many of the homeless shelters and services are free of charge. Some do charge small fees. We always urge the users of our website to visit the websites of the providers listed, OR give them a phone call to find out complete details.
In furtherance; Halfway Houses, Transitional Housing, and Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for the most part charge a fee. Most of the substance abuse resources we provide are low cost, Medicaid or sliding scale fee. We provide as much information as possible on the website of these locations.
Rooming and Boarding Houses do charge fees. We list them where we find them. They are a nice low cost option for housing.
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