“Came to the Bronx and three weeks later have my HUD-VASH voucher and placement.”
Summer Success Celebration 2022
Welcome to our annual Summer Success Celebration! Join us as we celebrate those who have overcome the challenges of homelessness.
Summer Success Celebration 2022
The annual Summer Success Celebration is a signature policy and advocacy event. Each year, we recognize the achievements of our consumers who have overcome the challenges of homelessness.
But what does success look like?
Success is housing, health, advocacy, and more. Moreover, each is equally worthy of celebration.
Deanna Condry: A Living legend
Deanna Condry is an example of the power of resilience. She speaks to the stigma that is associated with homelessness and the misconception that those that experience this condition are deserving of such a fate. She says, “Even though we hit rock bottom, human beings have the amazing ability to be resilient.” Deanna overcame many struggles and recently moved into her very own apartment. Join us as we celebrate her achievements!
garret mcmahan: Success in health care
Garrett McMahan is a prominent member of our Consumer Advisory Board. Garrett obtained permanent housing many years ago after going through the shelter system. He is also the recipient of an advocacy award. Moreover, after being diagnosed with high blood pressure, the stability of a home allowed him to “take his health more seriously.” So, he has been going to the doctor on a regular basis. Recently, he had some health complications, but he is on a new course of action and is happy to report that his health is improving. Please join us as we celebrate his resilience and commitment to his health!
E.J. Bryant-Mazauskas: Success in advocacy
Ms. E.J. is receiving the advocacy award this year for her incredible activism work. In 2022 alone, she has met with more than 20 legislators to educate them on the importance of increasing access to affordable housing and low barrier health care. She says, “it really gives you the feeling and the knowledge that you are helping to make a difference”. Please join us as we celebrate her commitment to advocacy!
brenda worthington: Success in Housing
Brenda Worthington spent several years in the shelter system. However, with the help of caring staff and a whole lot of determination on her part, she was able to secure a studio apartment last month. She says, “It was hard being in the system, but I did what I had to do for a person that’s legally blind. I did a whole lot. I accomplished my goals and I feel good about that”. Please join us as we celebrate her housing achievement!
SUCCESS IN HEALTH CARE
Anna Galloza’s story shows how a permanent home can greatly improve the health of an individual. She experienced homelessness for over 20 years. In addition, she also dealt with the threat of violence from her daughter’s father. Two years ago, she engaged with outreach workers who eventually helped her obtain an apartment. The security of a home gave her the stability to overcome her addiction and empowered her to maintain her sobriety. She says “(this award) means a lot to me, because since I’ve been clean, you know, my mind is more stable”. Please join us as we celebrate her health achievement!
Success in Housing
Maria Sanchez struggled for many years with unstable housing. She lived with family members for some time before entering the shelter system. Life was not easy and she had many setbacks. However, she shared that, with patience and a lot of faith, she was able to work with her case manager to find an apartment of her own. She says, “I am incredibly grateful for this, for giving me a little corner before leaving this earth.” Please join us as celebrate her housing achievement!
Wall of Success
“I have worked on my behavior and temper and the goals to get an apartment and more of a happier person!”
“I was illegally put out of my apartment 2 years ago. I had lost everything. I have been to many shelters and had many good + bad experiences. Through a lot of struggle, fight, and some great workers, I am now about to go back to my apartment. I got my keys back last May; exactly two years later. I survived and am now successful. You can do it too!”
“I am in the shelter until some of my family members can get back on their feet. I have been going to school and lead a good happy life.”
“I applied for my apartment. I am with my grandchildren a bit longer. I am completing my leg surgery.”