For over 25 years, Housing Works has addressed the needs of over 30,000 individuals that other organizations deem “too challenging” to serve. Based on a harm reduction framework, their programs are both holistic and empowering. I was thrilled to attend with my dear friend Bevy Smith of Page Six TV. The event was held at The Metropolitan Pavillion, the venue had been transformed by New York’s top interior designers, each of which took a small space and made it into a room fit for a charitable Queen or King.
Our friend Tamron Hall was the keynote speaker. Tamron shared a personal story about a grade school teacher she had that died of a mysterious flu when she was a child. It was a silent killer in more ways than one because back in those days, the shame of discussing HIV/AIDS was too much for most people to handle.
The evening had some very moving moments but get me wrong, it was a celebration filled also with side splitting laughter, a lot of which I shared with The Real Housewives of NY star Dorinda Medley!
Thanks to the services of Housingworks and all of the fabulous designers and generous New Yorker’s that showed up, that stigma is becoming a thing of the past. We are all looking forward to the strides that Housing Works Healthcare continues to make, bringing healthcare services close to home for so many people that need it.
It was truly a magical NYC evening. Please donate to www.housingworks.org if you’re able.