Category Archives: Health & Wellness

Harlem Run Connects Old and New Residents

 The group, Harlem Run, meets up every Monday and Thursday on 125th Street.

Harlem Run members gather at 125th Street across from the Rite Aid on Lenox Avenue in an effort to get and stay fit.

“The first couple of months it was just me and my friend,” said Alison Desir, who started the group in 2013. “To be fair we started in the coldest months of the year.”

The group is now the largest and most active group in the neighborhood with between 20 and 30 people showing up for each event.  They have 1000 followers on Facebook.

“As it’s developed I didn’t want it to be a group of gentrifiers,” Desir said. “[Running] breaks the ice. What’s even cooler now is seeing pictures of people hanging out or hearing people make plans with people they otherwise wouldn’t know.”

The organization has helped people lose weight and live healthier lives. On Father’s Day, one of their members ran a mile with his kids after losing 75 pounds. At the start of every run the group forms a large circle and each runner introduces themselves to the group. To avoid taking over the entire sidewalk, they run in twos.

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Bowery Mission opens Women’s Center in Harlem Today

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The Bowery Mission Opens a New Women’s Recovery Home in Harlem, Doubling the Mission’s Capacity to Serve Women in Need.

On Thursday, June 12, at West 130th Street in Harlem (please call for exact location), The Bowery Mission will open the second location for The Bowery Mission Women’s Centers, Manhattan’s only faith-based residential programs for women who have experienced homelessness. Following extensive renovations involving numerous corporate partners and private donations, the home will be open to the public from 11:00am-1:00pm with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:00 noon.

“We look forward to celebrating the completion of this project and most importantly the ability to serve many more women in crisis,” said Veronica Kelly, the Mission’s Director of Special Projects. “This two-year effort has been a labor of love for all involved.”

The Bowery Mission Women’s Centers will now be able to provide residential living programs for 50 women at one time, doubling its previous capacity. Women served by the Mission live together in community and participate in counseling and classes that help women with emotional, educational, and career guidance. These programs lead to employment and reconnection with faith, family, and a plan for the future.

Major corporate and institutional supporters of The Bowery Mission Women’s
Center in Harlem include: American Standard; Benjamin Moore; Bizzi & Partners Development; Colgate-Palmolive; Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York; Daltile Corporation; Emmanuel Presbyterian Church; Federal Home Loan Bank of New York; The Grace and Mercy Foundation; Great Northern Carpet Company, Inc.; The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.; The Henry E. Niles Foundation; Home Depot; Hope for New York; IAC; JCPenney; Le Pain Quotidien; The May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.; MDC Partners Inc.; Structure Tone; TD Charitable Foundation; Ted
Moudis Associates; Vincent Mulford Foundation; and others.

About The Bowery Mission Women’s Centers
The Bowery Mission Women’s Centers are the only faith-based residential recovery programs in Manhattan for women who have experienced homelessness. The first Women’s Center opened in 2005 on the Upper East Side and the latest home for women is located in Harlem. The Women’s Centers are part of The Bowery Mission, which has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879 with food, shelter, clothing, medical care and transformative residential programs.