Just when we thought we were finished here, one more hurdle to overcome
February 25, 2016
BENEFITING: TRINITY PLACE SHELTER
As many of our supporters and volunteers already know, TPS has a very modest budget. The 100+ year old building which houses our shelter requires a huge range of repairs, especially to our kitchen and bathrooms. In the fortuitous event that we raise funds beyond all boiler-related costs, these funds will be used to resolve critical repair needs in our kitchen and bathrooms.
On Sunday, February 14, 2016, during the coldest day in New York City in over 25 years, the boiler that provides heat to our building broke down. 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.
The boiler was 20+ years old and dutifully heated our building and shelter for many years. We had four different repair companies inspect our boiler, and all agreed that it could not be repaired and it had to be replaced. The final estimates for the cost of our new boiler were $33,500, higher than our original estimate. In addition to that, we have now been told that boiler room requires additional repairs and upgrades to accommodate the new boiler.
For the first time ever, the young people who call Trinity Place Shelter home had to be temporarily relocated to a large nearby vacant apartment that was generously provided by our neighbor and longtime shelter supporter, Saint Michael's Church. We have used emergency funds to provide new air mattresses for all of our residents and staff to comfortably sleep and provide all other necessary supplies. We were able to provide uninterrupted shelter, safety, warmth and all of the services that TPS offers.
We are managing this crisis, but we do need your help in covering at least part of the cost to make repairs and replace the boiler to ensure we can continue to heat our building and shelter.
If you could also please help us share this fundraising campaign on your own Facebook page or via other social media that would really help us spread the word.
If this is your first time hearing about Trinity Place Shelter, let us introduce ourselves: We are a small, 10-bed transitional shelter for LGBTQ 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
**If we exceed our $50,000 goal, we will use funds for:
-- The kitchen needs an exhaust hood installed to properly ventilate the space when all the youth are cooking themselves dinner. (We actually already bought the hood, but installing the ductwork and making a hole in the masonry turned out to be very expensive).
-- The kitchen requires electrical upgrades.
-- All of our youth share just two showers, which were built into existing, very small bathrooms. Those desperately need to be upgraded.