I’d like to take a minute to introduce myself, tell you a little bit about who we are, how we came to be and fill you in on the latest happenings here at Faces in Between.
In 2016, Kendra Campbell, the founder of FIB, posted an ad on Craigslist seeking volunteers for the early stages of a project she was working on which was called Faces in Between. I had been on Craigslist searching for volunteers for a different project that I was working on and came across her ad which was RIGHT up my alley. I quickly replied and asked her if there was an opportunity for my involvement. At the time, Kendra was working as a public and emergency psychiatrist at the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center as both a psychiatry attending and the Assistant Director of the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP). By 2017 we filed for non-profit status and I was on the board of directors for FIB- a large part of my involvement was helping Kendra to develop materials and prepare for a kickoff.
Kendra did an awesome job getting FIB started while she was was already extremely busy working long days and nights at the hospital. As time went on, life continued to happen and Kendra made the decision to focus on building her family and growing her career.
In February 2018, Kendra was preparing for her new baby girl and was going to have to shut FIB down. That’s where I come in and at that point I took over the role as President.
Faces in between is an organization that I fully stand behind and believe in. I knew that all the hard work that had gone into it up to this point needed to be put to good use and so Kendra, still functioning as my mentor, passed the baton over to me as the new leader of the organization. I am extremely humbled and honored to be able to hold this position and to be able to combine my vision with Kendra’s to create impactful change among the New York City homeless population.
So who am I?…
I am a young professional seeking to create widespread change and improve the lives of homeless individuals starting in New York City. I hope to find myself one day developing programs to reduce youth homelessness in major cities across the country but I am taking it one step at a time. I currently work in healthcare strategy and marketing but I will be attending the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University for my MPH in the Fall. I look forward to being able to utilize all the resources that will be available at the Mailman School to build up Faces in Between. I am SO ready to see where we can take this organization and how we can join together to create change.
I am a person who believes in the power of love, community and action. Much of our organization’s success depends on these three things…we rely on the love and passion of our volunteers as well as our partners to come together as a strong force to address the issues, understand the needs and improve the lives of those around us. A little bit goes a long way and all it takes is collective compassion that is put into action to make a change.
Where are we now?
We have received donations from a number of community partners which will allow us to create care packages for the homeless individuals that we work with.
As of now, the care packages will include:
Drawstring bags (Donated by: Totally Promotional)
Condoms and Lubricant (Donated by: NYC Condoms/NYC Health)
Band aids (Donated by: Westside Market)
Nutritious Food Items (Donated by: Westside Market)
Toothbrushes & Toothpaste (Donated by: Main Line Center For Dental Excellence)
Bombas Socks (Donated by: Bombas)
Educational packets about mental health (Donated by: Thrive NYC)
And other educational resources provided by Faces in Between as well as other health promotion organizations
We are currently working with shelters in Midtown Manhattan to determine the best approach for partnerships and we are looking forward to having a kickoff event in the VERY near future.
In the coming months we will be accepting more volunteers as soon as we have a defined role for all the generous people interested in helping out!
We are SO excited to share our growth with you along the way. Stay tuned for updates, stories and exciting announcements!