We always love it when one of our Community Partners is recognized for the amazing work they do. So we were super excited when Carl Siciliano of the Ali Forney Center, was recognized by the White House for his work with homeless Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) youth. Siciliano founded the Ali Forney Center in 2002 to provide LGBT youth with a safe, homelike environment. The White House named Siciliano a “Champion of Change” for his dedication to making New York City a safer place for LGBT youth.
Our volunteers frequently work at the Ali Forney Center. Unfortunately, there are many more people in need than there are beds available at the center, so volunteers from Eximius College Prep in the Bronx created these care packages to further help the youth at the center.
Each one contains a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, and a pair of socks. These simple items are a great comfort to those at the shelter – every little bit counts. They even included encouraging messages on the outside of the bags to make the packages more personal.
Congratulations to Carl Siciliano and the Ali Forney Center for the great work they do.