Thursday, January 26, 2017

Non-Profit Spotlight: Bailey House

Bailey House was founded as “Home, Hope and Community."

In response to the AIDS Crisis of the early 1980s, a small group united to form a much-needed service to the community facing AIDS. The model they created to house those affected by AIDS has been adapted internationally. Thirty-four years later Bailey House is still going strong. The team has piloted and launched programs and services such as Project FIRST (Formerly Incarcerated Rental Support and Training) which helps individuals recently released from prison reacclimate to their community. They opened a food pantry to help critically underserved communities obtain access to nutritious food. Bailey House has been a leader in teaching others how to care for the vulnerable individuals affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Late Gina Quattrochi
Former CEO, Bailey House

It takes a Village People!

Words and actions that are alive and well at Bailey House. These days those words weigh a bit more as they were best exemplified by their beloved leader, CEO Gina Quattrochi. Ms. Quattrochi passed away in Mid-December, when she lost a hard-fought battle to cancer. She was a powerhouse attorney who was personally affected by the loss of personal friends due to the AIDS epidemic in the early eighties. She took up the charge to make a difference and a difference she made. She led the team that helped create the country’s largest housing provider for families affected by HIV/AIDS. As CEO, she led the way in critical strategy for addressing the needs of the clients long before AIDS became the global epidemic we know today. Quick to educate and persuade she did just that with the some of the toughest opponents in NY politics. Suffice it to say she set the tone, the standard and the level of commitment required to bring everyone to the table to truly achieve the seemingly insurmountable challenges of the early days of the epidemic to the current day’s changing needs and growing number of clients. Her achievements are too numerous to list. Learn more about her valuable contributions at Bailey House News and the New York Times article about this amazing and inspiring woman. Her legacy will be her energy to change the world for the better and lead others to embrace the challenges of making change for the good of the community.

A testament to the holiday spirit of the team at Bailey House

The work at Bailey House continues and the holiday season is no exception. This past fall, they approached the nglccNY with an unforeseen economic challenge. They had lost the funding and support for the annual toy drive for the kids at Bailey House. Understanding the importance of giving each child at least one gift to unwrap at the holiday party, the members of nglccNY (Shout to Rivendell Media’s Steve Levenberg, His husband Anthony Graham and new member Felix Armstrong) who stepped up and generously provided toys and gift cards. Over 200 individual items were collected – enough to ensure each child had a gift at the holiday celebration. The team at Bailey House works through challenges, together with the spirit of their fearless leader shining in everything they do each day.

To learn more about ways to support the work at Bailey House please go to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Save the date for Bailey House's 2017 Gala & Auction, Thursday March 9, 2017, Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers. To learn more visit here

Written by Ingrid Galvez,
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion and Programming,

Organizational Development Consultant, Strategic Remedy Group

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