Saturday, February 11th BronxWorks and BronxNet joined the Bronx Polar Bears at Orchard Beach for the 3rd Annual Dip Against Homelessness. The kickoff activities began at 11:00 am and included some lively music and a warm - up before the dippersbraved the frigid waters of the Long Island Sound. The 2017 team included BronxNet Executive Director Michael Max Knobbe and BronxWorks Executive Director Eileen Torres along with staff from both organizations, many supporters and friends. Special thanks to Havana Cafe, the New York City Parks Department and the New York City Fire Department for their huge part in the success of the event. This five minute dip is a reminder of the bone-chilling cold homeless men and women must deal with every minute of each day in the winter.
Homeless men and women are the most vulnerable of New York City's low-income population. Many have experienced trauma or abuse. Three in five street homeless persons in the Bronx have a mental health condition. Many suffer from alcohol or drug dependence. All struggle to find a warm and safe place where they can lie down for a night's sleep. Deep sleep, which is essential to good health, is impossible. Safety is often a concern.
Each year the BronxWorks Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) makes thousands of contacts with street homeless men and women. Engagement is the first step in bringing about change. A trip to our Living Room/Safe Haven or a safe bed at a church that collaborates with BronxWorks is the middle step before we help street homeless persons obtain permanent housing.
If you missed the Dip Against Homelessness, there is still time to support our team!
Click BRONXWORKS 2017 DIP AGAINST HOMELESSNESS to see our team's fundraising page and select which participants to support or make a general donation to the whole team.
For more information on the BronxWorks Homeless Outreach Team, click here.
Please enjoy pictures of 2017 Dip Against Homelessness through our Facebook album below.