May marks National Mental Health Month and to celebrate, philanthropic-minded New Yorkers will get together today, May 19, 2009, to raise money for Weston United's housing and support services for the mentally ill and physically disabled. As the economy faces hardships, federal funding has been cut for day to day mental health services and many are left without treatment, without counseling and full of uncertainness.
Weston United was founded in 1985 by Rev. M. Moran Weston PhD. along with distinguished leaders of Harlem Hospital and St. Philips Episcopal Church, the Harlem-based non-profit organization provides services to approximately over 1000 individuals in New York City and combats homelessness through 24 hr hosing services in four apartments buildings and rented apartments in Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Bronx along with employment programs and professional services for treatments for the mentally ill and physically disabled. (Source: Weston United Community Renewal, Inc.)
Our very own Dr. Jennifer Walden, plastic surgeon and board member of Weston United, will be co-host to this very worthwhile cause. She has been quoted as saying " Being stripped of housing and material things is one side of the spectrum, but being stripped of one's integrity is another. I am proud to be part of Weston United, because this non-profit not only provides housing, counseling, medical care, and employment, but it helps individuals regain their sense of self". Dr. Walden along with other supporters will raise funds amidst live music, hors d' oeuvres, and a silent auction in a social setting amongst those with the same common goal of helping NYC's mentally ill and physically disabled.
The event will take place at NICE Partners located at 168th Fifth Ave (between 21st and 22nd St), Suite 201 on Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 6:00 - 9:00 pm. A $25 minimum donation requested.