The Bowery Mission Women’s Center has opened its second location in Manhattan on a quiet street in Harlem. On Thursday, June 12, a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated the newest addition to the Women’s Centers, now offering a home to 23 women in crisis who need help rebuilding their lives. It has taken two years, and with donations in the form of materials and finances, The Bowery Mission is now able to double their capacity for providing housing and assistance to troubled women.
The women in this program receive counseling, educational and career guidance, and a plan for the future. The Bowery Mission has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879, and provides residential living programs for women by offering a home and emotional support along with classes and training. “This two year effort has been a labor of love for all involved” said Veronica Kelly, the Mission’s Director of Special Projects.
The renovated brownstone is designed to create a structure of community and love for rebuilding self-worth. After suffering the trauma of having nowhere to go and no one to turn to, women in need can find a sense of security and hope. The Bowery Mission Women’s Centers are the only faith-based residential recovery programs in Manhattan for women who have experienced homelessness.
Photo credit: Bowery Mission Women’s Centers Director Cheryl Mitchell, Director of Special Projects Veronica Kelly, Bowery Mission President Ed Morgan, and Elder Mark Williams of Bethel Gospel Assembly cut the ribbon on the new Bowery Mission Women’s Center in Harlem. © Lesly Weiner Photography