Today for ShopTalk we’re highlighting the Ali Forney Center, one of our program partners that was adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy last week. AFC has served thousands of homeless LGBT youth in its ten-year history, making it the nation’s largest services and advocacy organization working on their behalf.
NY Writers Coalition and AFC have had a longtime partnership, and we’ve conducted writing workshops for the past two years in its CAMP Brooklyn space. Unfortunately, their drop-in day center located in Chelsea sustained a large amount of damage from flooding and is now uninhabitable. In a letter to the community, AFC Executive Director Carl Siciliano noted that the organization may have to limit its services to adjust to its temporary location. Siciliano also appeared on the radio show The Morning Jolt with Larry Flick to speak about the damage sustained by Sandy and the generosity of other LGBT organizations in the city that have been lending a hand.
There is already a fundraiser for the organization slated for this Sunday, November 11, at Midtown’s Industry Bar, and AFC has created a special Hurricane Sandy page where supporters can donate and keep up-to-date on its progress to rebuild.
With your help, the Ali Forney Center can continue to offer a safe, affirming space for New York’s homeless LGBT youth. Click here to RSVP for Sunday’s fundraiser or for more information on ways to donate.