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Project Hospitality (Executive Director)

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Project Hospitality is a private not-for-profit organization based in Staten Island, New York that provides comprehensive services for hungry, homeless and inadequately housed people, especially those who are living with multiple diagnoses such as HIV, substance use, and/or mental illness. As the only comprehensive homeless service provider in the borough of Staten Island, Project Hospitality serves more than 25,000 Staten Island residents each year. The mission of Project Hospitality is to reach out to these community members in need in order to work with them to achieve self-sufficiency, thereby enhancing the quality of life for the community.

Project Hospitality seeks to realize its mission both by advocating for those in need and by establishing a comprehensive continuum of care. This begins with the provision of food, clothing, and shelter and extends to other services. These services include health care, mental health, alcohol and substance abuse treatment, HIV care, education, vocational training, domestic violence education and services, services for seniors and at-risk youth, legal assistance, and transitional and permanent housing.

In response to growing demand and individuals’ increasingly complex needs, Project Hospitality’s services have expanded over time from drop-in centers to supportive housing residences, outreach and referral programs. Current programs include:

• Homeless Services - Project Hospitality operates a Street Outreach program, a Drop-In Center for homeless singles, a church-based shelter network, and emergency housing programs. Since 2009, Project Hospitality has been running Staten Island’s only youth Drop-In Center and is the sole provider of street outreach, shelter, case management, treatment, and housing placement for homeless individuals and families in the borough.

• Food and Nutrition - Project Hospitality offers a Food Pantry which services 300 people during the days of operation. The agency also runs a soup kitchen and a mobile pantry as well as a nutrition education program provided out of the Community Service Center.

• HIV/AIDS Services – Project Hospitality provides comprehensive HIV/AIDS services to homeless, uninsured and underinsured individuals on Staten Island living with HIV/AIDS. The SHINE Center for HIV Care offers a continuum of HIV care that includes on-site medical care, treatment adherence counseling, supportive counseling, food/nutrition services, housing placement, legal advocacy assistance, and harm reduction skills.

• Housing Services - For over 21 years Project Hospitality has offered a continuum of housing which includes the provision of emergency, transitional and permanent housing. The organization continues to successfully place clients into permanent housing and follows up with them to assure their housing stability. The wrap around, continuum of care provisions offers clients intensive social services, independent living skills training, and extensive supportive services that help to ensure residential stability and improved life circumstances.

• Wellness/ Recovery Services - Much more than just food and shelter is needed to support the individuals working to return to productive, stable lives. The agency provides an extensive array of services for those with psychiatric disabilities as well as alcohol and chemical addictions. Clinical social workers, credentialed substance abuse counselors, physicians, and vocational and housing specialists work with patients to realize their personal goals and achieve economic independence.

After 30 years under the leadership of Reverend Terry Troia, this organization has become a leading provider of comprehensive, lifesaving, direct care, advocacy, and support services for persons who are homeless, hungry, and otherwise in need. This year alone, Project Hospitality has served 1.4 million meals and assisted 26,000 Staten Islanders

Headquartered in Staten Island, Project Hospitality has a staff of approximately 300 and a budget of about $32 million. To learn more about Project Hospitality visit www.projecthospitality.org.