Meet Kevin. After years of experiencing homelessness, he found his forever home at our Bergen Street Residence. This supportive housing unit is part of LSSNY’s Home LIFE program. Kevin’s presence and attitude have been nothing short of inspirational. His compassion, empathy, and hospitality have transcended his dwelling with us. For the past three years, he has volunteered at several shelters, where he remains actively involved in helping shape the lives of the homeless community in New York City.
Kevin’s innate desire to uplift and give back to the underserved community is noble. Not only have his actions impressed us, but this month, he was recognized by the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio! Deservingly, Kevin was awarded the Certificate of Recognition by the Mayoral Service Recognition Program.
Volunteering has led Kevin to additional achievements, such as securing an Opioid Overdose Prevention Program certification through the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and successfully completing accessibility clerk training through the Board of Elections in NYC.
Kevin’s story and personal challenges with mental health and homelessness are a clear depiction of resiliency and strength. He has taught us that in the face of adversity, one must never lose hope, and that — in his words — one should “do unto others as you would have them do to you. Be kind and do not give in to hate.” We are delighted to showcase Kevin. His compassion has been inspiring and infectious for both residents and staff. We applaud his remarkable achievements and look forward to seeing what the future holds for him.