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On Sunday, September 16th, Marc Greenberg, the executive director at the IAHH, and Dennis Barton, an IAHH board member and Life Skills Empowerment Program (LSEP) mentor, spoke and presented at a service held at the West End Collegiate Church.
During the service, Marc highlighted key housing policy campaigns that the IAHH is currently focusing on, and provided statistical information on homelessness in New York City.
The presentation was also coupled with a moving testimony by Dennis Barton. In his speech to the West End congregation, Dennis provided a touching account of his personal experiences with homelessness and discussed how he was able to turn to his faith and good people in order to reclaim his life. By comparing his experiences to the analogy of the parable of the prodigal son, Dennis emphasized the key point that homeless individuals are looking for a hand up, not a handout.
After the conclusion of the service, Marc and Dennis met with congregation members and distributed literature regarding the work and focus of the IAHH.
We thank senior pastor Michael S. Bos, associate pastor Jes Kast-Keat, and the entire West End congregation for welcoming the IAHH with open arms this past Sunday. We look forward to strengthening and deepening our ties with more community institutions like the West End Collegiate Church in the near future.
This June, Marc Greenberg, the Executive Director of IAHH, was interviewed by NY1 as part of a report on the court case involving the Advantage Program, where he reaffirms the need for the NYC government to rental assistance to families and individuals, many of whom are now or will soon be back in homeless shelters.