Just because you're in the city doesn't mean you can't connect with nature. Wherever you are in the world, you can always find sanctuary amongst the trees.
"Our mission is to protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently.
Our organization's namesake, Ali Forney, was a gender-nonconforming teen who fled his home at 13. He entered the foster care system where he was bounced around to several homes, and was beaten and abused. Ali ended up living on the streets at the age of 15. Ali was dedicated to helping other young people and publicly advocated for the safety of homeless LGBT youth. Tragically, in December of 1997, Ali was murdered in Harlem—shot in the head and left for dead.
Committed to saving the lives of LGBTQ young people, in 2002 Carl Siciliano founded the Ali Forney Center (AFC) in memory of Ali. Since AFC's launch with just six beds in a church basement, the organization has grown to become the largest agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youths in the country—assisting nearly 1,400 youths per year through a 24-hour Drop-In Center which provides over 70,000 meals annually, medical and mental health services through an on-site clinic, and a scattered site housing program.
Our mission is to provide LGBTQ young people housing and a continuum of supportive services to help them thrive and prepare them for independent living.
AFC has been heralded for our full continuum of care approach to services for LGBTQ homeless youth. AFC's founder, Carl Siciliano, was named a White House Champion of Change by President Obama citing the wide recognition AFC's programs have received for their quality and innovation."
ALI FORNEY CENTER MAIN HEADQUARTERS
224 W. 35th St. 15th Floor
NY, NY 10001
(212) 222-3427 (Tel)
(212) 222 5861 (Fax)
ALI FORNEY DROP-IN CENTER
(212) 206-0574 (Tel)
(212) 206-7486 (Fax)
"If you are a young person who needs help, has questions about services, or has waiting list inquiries, please contact the staff at the Drop-in Center."
"Refuge Recovery Is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. Drawing inspiration from the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths, emphasis is placed on both knowledge and empathy as a means for overcoming addiction and its causes. Those struggling with any form of addiction greatly benefit when they are able to understand the suffering that addiction has created while developing compassion for the pain they have experienced. We hope to serve you, and meet you on the path."
Sacred Light is a traveling sound bath healing sanctuary created by Arlene Uribe. Her sound baths also feature a team of reiki masters that float around the room to their guests, personalizing the healing experience in a group setting. I have found sanctuary many times at her sound baths and I can tell you from experience that they have been a huge factor in my recovery and also connected me with very talented Reiki Masters. If you are currently in the Los Angeles area I highly suggest joining SACRED LIGHT'S email list for pop up sound baths."With the alchemy crystal singing bowls she has been able to help others begin to balance their energetic centers, create innner harmony, and most importantly tap into a space where they can access the subconscious realms where deep seated healing can take place."
"For more than eighty-five years, Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) has been dedicated to carrying on the spiritual and humanitarian work of its founder, Paramahansa Yogananda, widely revered as the father of Yoga in the West. SRF is a worldwide religious organization with international headquarters in Los Angeles. The society seeks to foster a spirit of greater understanding and goodwill among the diverse peoples and religions of our global family, and to help those of all cultures and nationalities to realize and express more fully in their lives the beauty, nobility, and divinity of the human spirit."
*there are several locations worldwide http://www.yogananda-srf.org/
* Hetrick - Martin Institute (Home of the Harvey Milk School) is the oldest and largest multiservice non-profit agency for LGBTQ youth. http://www.hmi.org
New York location: 2 Astor Place, New York, NY 10003
New Jersey location: 550 Broad St., Suite 610, Newark, NJ 07102
*New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth provides basic needs, life skills training, case-management, education and recreational activities for LGBT homeless youth.
*The Door offers crisis intervention, short/long term counseling, living skills, legal, education, as well as vocational, and recreational programs for youth 12-21.
*The Trevor Project provides crisis and suicide prevention efforts through a free and confidential helpline.
*Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming center for community organizing. Through mobilization, education, and capacity-building the organization works for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice.
*Callen-Lorde Community Health Center provides sensitive quality healthcare and related services targeted to NYC LGBT communities.
*Live Out Loud inspires, nurtures, and empowers LGBTQ youth to build a successful future by connecting them to positive role models and affirmative experiences.
*FIERCE is a community organization for Transgender, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Queer, and Questioning youth of color in NYC. Dedicated to exploring and building power in communities through a mix of leadership development, artistic, and cultural activism.
Dr. Claire O'Neil has had a huge hand in my recovery. Her immense amount of knowledge in nutrition and trauma is leading the way for the future of health and wellness.
"At CWC, we love what we do and where we do it. Whether you’re a healer or seeking to be healed, you’ll find rejuvenation, grounded energy, and community in our urban sanctuary.
We welcome you to find space to heal with us."
141 West 28th Street, Suite 301
New York, NY, 10001