New York, NY – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand yesterday visited Win (formerly Women in Need), the largest provider of shelter for homeless families in New York City, to meet with a homeless mother fleeing domestic violence and make art with children at Camp Win, a summer-long day camp. Senator Gillibrand, a champion for vulnerable families in the United States Senate, was joined by Win CEO Christine Quinn, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and shelter leaders, including case workers and program directors. Win operates ten shelters for homeless families located throughout Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn.
“Some of New York’s most vulnerable residents are homeless women and children, and Win gives them a place to stay safe while working to get their lives back on track,” said Senator Gillibrand. “No child in New York should ever have to go to sleep without a meal to eat or a roof over their head. I was very pleased to see the important work Win is doing, and I will continue to urge all of my colleagues to support funding to help our city’s homeless families stay safe and turn their lives around.”
“Senator Gillibrand has been a fighter for our city’s most vulnerable residents since the day she walked into the Senate,” said Christine Quinn, CEO of Win. “That’s why she insisted on speaking with one of the domestic violence survivors living with us – and on putting a smile on the faces of the children at Camp Win. We look forward to working with her to break the cycle of family homelessness once and for all.”
“Win is an organization that does tremendous work, going beyond providing shelter to genuinely providing hope,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “Win provides a model for successfully breaking the cycle of homelessness and supporting our society’s most vulnerable.”
For over 33 years, Win has provided safe housing, critical services, and ground-breaking programs to help homeless women and their children rebuild their lives. In the past year, Win served nearly 12,000 homeless people – including more than 6,600 children – and helped nearly 750 families transition out of shelter into homes of their own.