Facing HIV & addiction through performance


I spent a few hours each week in December in the dining room of Harlem United’s Willis Green Jr. Adult Day Health Care Center. There was silverware clanking, conversations bubbling, and of course clients bustling. As lunch hour ends, clients and staff clear out the tables and the room becomes a make-shift rehearsal space. Here, the clients put together their annual Men’s Winter Spectacular.

I’m there to document the experience and, frankly, I don’t think I have the words to describe how moved I was by everyone who shared not only their talents—but also their personal stories of struggle and triumph—with the group and with me.

Take a look at this short “making of” video to see for yourself.

Harlem United has been quietly providing hope, health, and healing for over 25 years to communities throughout New York City. Now, we need your help to spread the word about the change that happens here: will you share this email or video with your friends and family?

The front of a black tote bag with an orange Harlem United logo next to the back of the tote bag, which reads "There's some magical s#*! going on in here. - Jade, long-time client and peer." Underneath the tote bag images, is text that reads "Donate $25 and claim your limited-edition Harlem United tote bag!"