A few days ago, my friend Karen Robinovitz introduced me to my new favorite charitable foundation: WIN
“Over the past 25 years, Women In Need, Inc. has developed a unique service model to provide housing, help, and hope to more than 780 families every night in transitional shelters and permanent supportive housing,” according to the foundation’s website.Â That’s pretty amazing, and I have a huge sense of appreciation for the struggles of single moms in NYC.Â I’ve been fortunate enough to not have to worry about a roof over my head, food on my table, or necessities for my son, but it’s still a LOT of work to keep it all together.Â In fact, it’s pretty hard to feel somewhat “normal” as a single mom in NYC between juggling the acts of mothering, working, providing, nurturing, and maintaining a healthy social life.Â I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to stress over where your child’s next meal will come from, providing a safe home, etc.Â It’s my sense of appreciation for these necessities that makes a charity like WIN all the more important.
WIN has six homeless shelters in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn to provide shelter for over 2,500 people each night (including over 1,500 children).Â This year alone, WIN will serve over 10,000 adults and children, help provide childcare, run outpatient clinics for women, and maintain 196 apartments for mothers with special needs.
Any struggling mother will tell you that help to provide the feeling of safety and health for her children is the best gift on the planet, and that’s exactly what WIN provides.Â This charity is a beautiful example of women helping women, and needs more support each day.
You can help support WIN (good karma goes a long way!) by visiting women-in-need.org