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News from the ACMH Community

As Giving Tuesday and the holidays approach, we know other organizations will be asking you for help. At ACMH, we are small, but scrappy, and because of our supporters, we continue to help over a thousand New Yorkers every day. Our clients, many of whom are formerly homeless, now live in clean, safe environments, with access to 24/7 care to ensure they can get to their appointments, take medication, buy groceries, strengthen important life skills, and transition to more independent living. If you are interested in supporting your fellow New Yorkers, please consider donating to ACMH today.

Thank you for your continued support!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Giving Thanks This Holiday Season

Across ACMH's program locations this week and next, our community is gathering to share Thanksgiving meals together. While our clients frequently have community events and meals at many of our locations, our Thanksgiving celebrations remain a nice moment for our clients and staff alike to sit down together and share a hot meal.

Happy Thanksgiving, from all of us at ACMH!

Community Field Trip

Visiting the Queens County Farm Museum 

Last month, clients from our Queens Supported Apartment (QSA) and Queens Treatment Apartment (QTA) programs spent a fun and relaxing fall day at the Queens County Farm Museum. Thanks to the suggestion of a Community Meeting member, and the organizational skills of QTA Peer Program Specialist Jeanette Williams, our clients had the chance to feed alpacas, goats and sheep. After a morning of walking around and enjoying nature, ACMH staff and clients gathered for an outdoor communal lunch. The trip was a huge success and many of the participants stated a highlight was feeding the playful goats and shopping for unique souvenirs at the farm store.
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Peer Specialist Spotlight

The Importance of Lived Experience

Lived experience carries a lot of weight in the mental health field. At ACMH, we value the compassion, mutual understanding, and respect that our Peer Specialists bring to our community as they work with clients to be active participants in their own treatment and recovery. This month, we're highlighting Sigfredo Acosta's story, one of our many dedicated Peer Specialists who has been with ACMH for over six years:

"In 2013 I was depressed, I was not taking care of myself. I had no interest. I had no goals. I isolated myself for many, many years. ACMH found me. They literally knocked on my door and offered me help. They offered counseling right in my home. I thought I should try it. They taught me life skills. They made a world of difference. As a client they helped me keep my appointments, maintain a regular and proper medication schedule, learn to stay organized. They helped me in extraordinary ways. From there I was able to move forward for myself, and I got training and a job. Now, I am no longer isolated. I am engaged to be married. I am working. I am happy. Now I can do for other people what ACMH did for me. If you want a happy life, use their advice and allow it to move you forward."

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Advocating for Increased Funding for Mental Health Housing
(rain or shine)

Bring it Home

There are approximately 40,000 units of mental health housing throughout New York State. However, they have lost between 40-70% of their funding since the 1970s to inflation, because rate increases have been few and far between.

Bring it Home's campaign highlights an opportunity for New York to once again show the nation how to address a major health crisis, promoting an approach that ensures integrated care with strong mental health housing programs.

Over the past year, members of our ACMH community have rallied every Thursday outside Governor Cuomo's Manhattan office. We encourage you to join us at these rallies, now through December, and to take a moment to send an e-letter directly to the governor asking him to sign the Mental Health Housing Commission bill.
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Giving Back

5 Ways You Can Help the Homeless This Winter

Donate: Whether it's a charitable donation to a non-profit focused on supportive housing or conducting street outreach, organizing or contributing to a winter clothing drive or food drive, or giving directly to someone who is experiencing homelessness, you do not have to look far to find the need. 

Get Involved: Volunteer directly with people experiencing homelessness.

Educate: There is a growing shortage of affordable, supportive housing in New York City, with a particular stigma against building new housing for individuals with mental health conditions who are formerly homeless. Learn more about supportive housing (and then advocate!).

Advocate: Attend your local community board meetings, Bring it Home rallies, and call on your local representatives to support new housing proposals in your community.

Participate: On one night every January, thousands of volunteers across New York City participate in the annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE). Volunteers canvass streets, parks, and other public spaces to identify individuals living unsheltered. This count helps to effectively project service needs and allocate resources for individuals who are experiencing chronic street homelessness. Through this estimate, you can affect the lives of street homeless individuals by participating in this important effort.
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ACMH, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation founded in 1973.
ACMH is committed to the mental and physical wellbeing of vulnerable New Yorkers.
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