BENEFITING: Institute for Community Living, Inc.
On behalf of all of us here at the Institute for Community Living (ICL), we wish you and your family the warmest of holiday wishes. During this holiday season we have many people to thank — people who have helped ICL throughout the year and more recently, those who helped us come through the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
Three of our programs were severely impacted by the hurricane. Our transitional residence for homeless veterans in Long Island City was flooded and we had to temporarily relocate the 243 veterans. In Coney Island, our program for teenagers with mental illness was flooded and they have not yet been able to return to their home and one of our residential programs for adults with developmental disabilities experienced severe flooding.
In addition, our corporate offices have been temporarily relocated due to the hurricane. We are so very grateful to JPMorgan Chase for donating beautiful office space for our temporary offices at 1 Metrotech Center in Brooklyn. We truly appreciate the efforts of Lane Office for organizing donations for our temporary offices and for donating the desks. A special thanks to the Interpublic Group of Companies for their contribution of office chairs for our employees.
As devastating as the destruction of property was from Hurricane Sandy, there is another effect that gets much less attention – the emotional impact of having your life turned totally upside down in a matter of a few hours! We are reaching out to people who need our help — those traumatized by Hurricane Sandy - to provide crisis counseling, mental health support, and educational services in the Red Hook, Coney Island and Breezy Point neighborhoods of New York City. As part of Project Hope, our counselors are working at
restoration centers, schools and going door to door to reach everyone who needs help.
This year, especially, we ask you to remember us in your holiday giving. When you make a contribution to ICL, you help those affected by the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy, adults with developmental disabilities, homeless veterans at our transitional residence and people of all ages with mental illness working their way back to recovery. With your help, together, we can change lives and build a stronger New York!
Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year,
Peter C. Campanelli, PsyD
President, CEO and Founder