BENEFITING: TRINITY PLACE SHELTER
For 5 years now the steeple and gutters above Trinity Lutheran Church, the home of Trinity Place Shelter, have been in serious need of repair. As the situation has become more severe, there have been leaks and even flooding into the shelter and church. To date we have been able to manage this with multiple sump pumps, duct tape, blue tarps, and other ad hoc measures. But the damage to the interior is increasing and the situation has become truly urgent.
Given the age of the building, planning for the repairs has been a slow process. But, after living under protective scaffolding for years, we have finally submitted plans to the DOB and we are ready to move forward with repairs in hopes to prevent further water damage and flooding emergencies.
We know that $100,000 is a huge amount to raise. Any amount, small or large, is deeply appreciated by all of us who work to keep the shelter and TLC going strong.
And if you could share this on your Facebook wall and email a couple friends and family (or a lot of friends and family!) it would truly help build toward meeting our necessary fundraising goal. Let them know how important Trinity is to you, and to us. Thank you!!!
Previous fundraising: Most of the costs of the repairs have been covered by multiple grant applications, and through a capital campaign several years ago - if you contributed to that THANK YOU!! However, we are still short of the substantial costs of repair to the very large roof and steeple of this historic and beautiful building. We hope to close that gap with your help. If you contributed last year to help replace the boiler that provides heat to our shelter and parsonage- thank you!! We were able to raise enough to cover the cost of the boiler repair and installation, and our residents were back in the shelter with minimal interruption. All thanks to your generosity!!
Background info: Our historic, 100+ year-old building (Trinity Lutheran Church of Manhattan/Iglesia Luterana Trinidad) houses Trinity Place Shelter (TPS) and the young people who call TPS their home, 365 nights per year, for the past 10 years. TPS has a very modest budget.
If this is your first time hearing about Trinity Place Shelter, let us introduce ourselves: We are a small, 10-bed transitional shelter for LGBTQIA youth in New York City. We are housed within Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan. We are an independent, non-profit, direct-service, grassroots organization. We provide LGBTQ youth and young adults with a safe place to sleep, eat, store belongings, and access to transportation. Our mission is to help homeless LGBTQ youth and young adults transition out of the shelter system and grow into independent, positive, and productive adults and into their own stable, long term housing. All youth at TPS are interested in, or are actively seeking employment or schooling.
We provide access to individual/group therapy, medical and mental health services, career counseling, and an array of other necessary services. TPS is one of the only shelters for homeless LGBTQ youth and young adults that allows residents to stay for an extended time, up to 1.5 years, provided they progress toward their independent living goals.
LGBTQ youth and young adults remain at least 4x more likely to experience homelessness than their non-LGBTQ counterparts. The residents of TPS are often disproportionately transgender, and these youth are 150% more likely to experience homelessness than their cisgender counterparts. And NYC continues to experience the most severe homelessness crisis in NYC history.
Trinity Place Shelter is focused squarely on helping the most vulnerable youth and young adults.
Every little bit helps. Thank you for your help during this crisis www.TrinityPlaceShelter.org
PS: We were recently awarded Platinum rating, the highest possible level by Guidestar, which ranks non-profit organizations.