Project Hospitality provides a safety net for Staten Islanders experiencing profound poverty and disconnection from opportunities, empowering them to take responsibility for their lives and achieve self-sufficiency. The signature work of the agency, since its inception over 31 years ago, has been the provision of emergency shelter for the Island’s homeless in collaboration with local faith-based congregations. We operate a Street Outreach Program, a Drop-In Center for homeless singles, a 67-bed church based shelter network, and emergency housing programs. This division is designed to move persons living on the streets or other places not meant for human habitation to indoor living and to assist them in acquiring the skills needed to achieve independent living in the community.
Additionally, Project Hospitality has over 25 years of experience working with runaway and homeless youth. In 2003, PH founded EyeOpeners: Youth Against Violence as a result of bias crimes and racial tension in Staten Island. It is a multi-ethnic, multicultural, anti-discrimination and anti-violence youth rights organization that fosters youth development by improving relations across all social barriers and proactively organizing for social change.
The agency has been running Staten Island’s only Youth Drop-In Center successfully since 2009 and is the sole provider of street outreach, shelter, case management, treatment, support and housing placement for homeless individuals and families in the borough. It is also the sole provider of a Family Youth Resource Center with a vast array of services.
In 2010, Project Hospitality co-founded New World Prep Intermediate Public Charter School for English Language Learners in Port Richmond, just blocks away from the drop in center, serving at risk-youth of color with below grade reading levels. These youth and the Eye Opener youth are linked to the Drop-In Center, where they attend life skills, educational and employment ready workshops to become empowered to take charge of their future. The drop in center includes individual and group support, case management, life skills and pre-vocational training, literacy and math workshops, reconnection with education, pre college preparation workshops, self esteem building. It is because of Project Hospitality’s experience, its extensive continuum of services and current youth programs that we are easily able to maximally, holistically and comprehensively serve youth at the Drop-In Center.
The agency services all of Staten Island and continues to foster partnerships between other non-profit organizations including, but not limited to the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Center which sponsors a Friday night Midnight Sports program for our Eye Opener youth, Staten Island LGBT Center, El Centro del Inmigrante, Staten Island DREAM Coalition, Project REACH and its NYC Outright Consortium, Tackling Youth Substance Abuse Initiative of the Partnership for Community Wellness where Project Hospitality leads the Youth Council, Port Richmond Partnership Youth Theater project, Make The Road New York youth leaders, NY Arab American Association youth program, Minkwon youth program, Jewish Community Center of SI, United Activities United, Wagner College Port Richmond Partnership, YMCA Counseling Center, Staten Island Mental Health Society and Seaman’s Society for Children and Families. Additional relationships include the Association for Help of Retarded Children (AHRC) NYC, located at 25 Victory Blvd in Staten Island which assists our youth with internship opportunities. Although we have had long-standing relationships with these organizations, we’ve successfully been able to incorporate youth components since the inception of our youth programs.