Harlem United Names Jacqui Kilmer as New CEO

Harlem United announced today that its Board of Directors has named experienced attorney and non-profit executive Jacquelyn (Jacqui) Kilmer as the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2015.

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Try to not catch this smile

Allen came to Harlem United four years ago, living in shelters, out of work, struggling with substance abuse and depression. Today, he's a college student and a peer educator. Watch him tell his story.

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Runner Spotlight: Adrian Aliberti

Every year, a group of people come together to raise money for Harlem United while running the New York City marathon. It's an inspiring mix: long-time runners mixed with first-time marathoners, Harlem United staff mixed with local community members mixed with supporters overseas. After this year's race, Adrian Aliberti, a Harlem United team member from Argentina, sent us this message about his experience running the marathon. I want to congratulate Harlem United for the HUGE and important social activity that you are doing. It was a real pleasure for me to run for such ...

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Harlem United Supports 11 Days of Action

Harlem United stands with our ally, VOCAL NY, and  many other partners calling for accountability and justice for Eric Garner and all other victims of police brutality and violence.  We recognize that HIV prevention and community-based health are deeply interconnected with the safety and security of our communities. The organizers of  11 Days of Action are calling for day of action for each of Eric Garner’s cries, “I can’ breathe!”  The actions are taking place across the city, and started on December 10th and will end Saturday December 20th. One will take ...

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NYC Makes Birth Certificate Gender Correction Easier

There's good news for New Yorkers this week! On December 8, the New York City Council voted to end the discriminatory policy requiring transgender people to undergo surgery before being issued a birth certificate with their corrected sex. The new legislation comes after Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund filed a lawsuit against the city on behalf of three transgender people who were refused an accurate birth certificate four years ago. Now, the process will be significantly easier.  The city will require only a statement from a licensed health care provider ...

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This is how harm reduction works

249 people with a history of drug use—past or present—entered our six-month long Recovery Support Services program this year to make progress on their recovery goals. We use a harm reduction model to meet clients where they are and support them in making changes that help them to accomplishing their long-term goals. Many of our clients have tried and failed to completely stop using drugs in the past and come to Harlem United because they know we will support them throughout the process of their recovery, regardless of their end goal. And it works. 93 clients ...

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Make an impact with us on #GivingTuesday

At its heart, Giving Tuesday is about making an impact. I’m proud that at Harlem United, we evaluate every program’s impact to make sure that we accomplish what we set out to accomplish. Today, I want to share more about one aspect of our work that makes us unique. By supporting current and former drug users in making healthy decisions for their lives, we choose to meet them where they are. We know not every drug user is ready to stop right away which is why we offer an Integrated Harm Reduction Program for active users and robust Recovery Support Services for those ...

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On World AIDS Day, a look back at 2014

What an incredible year it's been in the fight against AIDS! On World AIDS Day, we're looking back at the successes of 2014 and celebrating. What was your favorite moment this year?

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A Thanksgiving Tradition at Harlem United

I want to say thank you for your support of Harlem United. Though our agency has been providing hope, health, and healing to Harlem and beyond for over 25 years, blogging and our email newsletter are new for us, and I am excited to be able to communicate regularly with you in these ways. One of my favorite Harlem United traditions happens this time every year. Each year, we give out grocery store gift cards to our clients to help them celebrate Thanksgiving with all the trimmings! Giving out Thanksgiving gift cards isn’t an official program and it’s not ...

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Correr por una razón: Alison Desir

Alison Desir es probablemente superwoman en tren de rodaje. Ella llegó a nuestra reunión temprano, se vistió para correr, (por supuesto), y estaba totalmente en calma, a pesar de estar en algún lugar en medio de su cuarto día de su carrera. "Todo el mundo piensa que estoy siempre a punto de salir a correr", se rió. "En esta época del año, por lo general soy." Alison es uno de los miles de corredores que corren el maratón de la ciudad de Nueva York para la caridad. Cada corredor recoge una obra de caridad y se compromete a recaudar $ 3.000 para día de la ...

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