Urban Resource Institute

Urban Resource Institute Empowering individuas, families, and communities to end cycles of domestic violence, homelessness,

Urban Resource Institute (URI) provide comprehensive, holistic, and supportive human services programs that empower individuals and families in the New York metropolitan area to change their lives for the better. With our rich legacy of social service research and expertise, our deep relationships with the diverse communities we serve, and our flexible, innovative approach to program development a

nd service delivery, we are uniquely equipped to provide solutions to the challenges affecting New Yorkโ€™s most vulnerable populations. Our handson programs for victims of domestic violence and homelessness are specifically tailored to meet the needs of the individual, while our advocacy and community outreach initiatives advance social change and build wider visibility and support for the issues that have an impact on our clientsโ€™ quality of life and New Yorkโ€™s urban communities.

No more tough choices for some families in New York City! We're thrilled about our partnership with NYC Department of Ho...
05/03/2024

No more tough choices for some families in New York City! We're thrilled about our partnership with NYC Department of Homeless Services, piloting the People and Animals Living Safely (PALS) program in our new Uplift Families Residence. The groundbreaking initiative allows some families experiencing homelessness to seek refuge alongside their beloved pets. Read all about it in Bronx Times: https://bit.ly/3UHudX4

Some families experiencing homelessness in the city will no longer have to choose between seeking shelter and keeping their beloved pet, thanks to a pilot

โฐ Just ONE week until our 2024 URI Celebration! ๐ŸŒŸ Let's come together for a night of inspiration and gratitude as we hon...
05/02/2024

โฐ Just ONE week until our 2024 URI Celebration! ๐ŸŒŸ Let's come together for a night of inspiration and gratitude as we honor those making a difference in ending domestic violence and homelessness. Join us in commemorating a decade of impact with our People and Animals Living Safely (PALS) program, honoring the unbreakable bond between survivors and their pets. ๐Ÿพ

Purchase your tickets now at urinyc.org/celebration2024.

The Urban Resource Institute (URI) Celebration recognizes clients, partners, and supporters who inspire our mission, while raising funds that elevate the life changing services and programs we provide to the community. Join URI as we commemorate the 10th anniversary of People and Animals Living Safe...

๐Ÿ ๐Ÿพ Exciting News Alert! ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ We're thrilled to announce a groundbreaking initiative in New York City: the launch of the fir...
05/02/2024

๐Ÿ ๐Ÿพ Exciting News Alert! ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ 

We're thrilled to announce a groundbreaking initiative in New York City: the launch of the first-ever pet-inclusive homeless shelter. In partnership with NYC Department of Homeless Services, we proudly introduce Uplift Families Residence, a haven in the Bronx designed to welcome families experiencing homelessness alongside their beloved pets.

This groundbreaking initiative, inspired by URI's decade-long success with the People and Animals Living Safely (PALS) program, marks a significant step towards inclusivity and support for vulnerable families, ensuring they can stay together through challenging times. No one should have to choose between safe shelter and their pet family. ๐Ÿพ

As we celebrate National Pet Month and a decade of PALS program excellence, URI proudly extends its reach to those facing homelessness, ensuring families can stay and heal together. Read more in our press release: bit.ly/3JGCXGK

๐Ÿพ๐ŸŽ‰ Celebrate the incredible bond between humans and their furry companions during National Pet Month! ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿถ For a decade, o...
05/02/2024

๐Ÿพ๐ŸŽ‰ Celebrate the incredible bond between humans and their furry companions during National Pet Month! ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿถ For a decade, our People and Animals Living Safely (PALS) program has been a lifeline for those facing crisis, ensuring they can stay with their pets as they heal and rebuild.

Join us for the 2024 URI Celebration, marking PALS' 10th anniversary. Explore the program's journey year by year and learn how PALS continues to evolve to support both people and pets in need .

Discover more: bit.ly/4aR2iJW

๐ŸŒŸ Pioneering Change in 2018! ๐ŸŒŸIn a year of groundbreaking achievements, the PALS program shattered barriers and redefine...
05/02/2024

๐ŸŒŸ Pioneering Change in 2018! ๐ŸŒŸ

In a year of groundbreaking achievements, the PALS program shattered barriers and redefined support for survivors of domestic violence and their beloved pets.

๐Ÿ  Introducing PALS Place: Located in Brooklyn, our shelter breaks new ground as the FIRST of its size designed for co-living of people and pets. Because no one should face the unimaginable choice between safety and their furry companions. ๐Ÿพโค๏ธ

๐ŸŒ† Bronx Expansion: Proudly expanding to the Bronx, we unveiled dedicated units for single domestic violence survivors and their pets, a crucial milestone for the borough.

But that's not all! In partnership with URI, we hosted the inaugural National Summit on Domestic Violence and Pets, uniting voices from both sectors to protect ALL survivors of abuse.

As we mark PALS' 10th anniversary, we reflect on every survivor, every journey, and every step forward. Join us in celebrating this milestone and learn more about our impactful journey: urinyc.org/uripals/

๐ŸŒŸ Exciting news! ๐ŸŒŸblair doroshwalther, LMSW, (they/he) joins URI as Program Director for the Economic Empowerment Progra...
04/29/2024

๐ŸŒŸ Exciting news! ๐ŸŒŸ

blair doroshwalther, LMSW, (they/he) joins URI as Program Director for the Economic Empowerment Program! Leading our initiatives for economic justice, blair will collaborate with Teal Inzunza, AVP of Justice Initiatives, to expand our impact. Learn more: bit.ly/3Q4B0Y7

04/29/2024

๐Ÿพ Domestic violence affects the whole family, including beloved pets. That's why through our PALS program, we provide comprehensive support services, ensuring that survivors don't have to choose between their safety and the wellbeing of their pets. It's incredibly rewarding to see the relief in their eyes when they realize they don't have to face this journey alone. Our dedicated PALS staff work to set the adults, children, and pets that come through our doors on the path to a brighter future. PALS has been making a difference one family at a time, since 2013.

๐ŸŽ‰ As we continue the year-long celebration of PALSโ€™s tenth anniversary, culminating with our 2024 URI Celebration on Thursday, May 9 at 6PM, we invite you to join us in the celebration of a decade of PALS honoring the human-animal bond and helping survivors and pets to . Learn more: urinyc.org/uripals/palsstories/

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In 2017, PALS broke ground by opening the first pet-friendly Tier II site in Brooklyn, offering a haven where domestic v...
04/29/2024

In 2017, PALS broke ground by opening the first pet-friendly Tier II site in Brooklyn, offering a haven where domestic violence survivors and their cherished pets could find safety and support for longer durations than emergency shelters allow. That same year, URI merged with the Center Against Domestic Violence (CADV), solidifying our position as the largest provider of domestic violence residential services in the U.S. Under the Urban Resource Institute (URI) name, our expanded organization has since opened doors to even more survivors, their children, and pets, empowering them to stay and heal together.

As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our PALS program, we reflect on the remarkable journey we've embarked upon and look forward to the progress to come. Join us in our unwavering dedication to removing barriers to safety and healing by honoring the human-animal bond.

๐ŸŒŸ **Committed to Supporting Domestic Violence Survivors** ๐ŸŒŸAt URI, we stand with domestic violence survivors every step ...
04/28/2024

๐ŸŒŸ **Committed to Supporting Domestic Violence Survivors** ๐ŸŒŸ

At URI, we stand with domestic violence survivors every step of the way. Through our Crime Victims Services Program (CVSP) and Legal Education and Advocacy Program (LEAP), we provide comprehensive support including trauma-informed counseling, safety planning, advocacy, and legal aid.

As National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) concludes, we want to spotlight some more of the incredible individuals on our CVSP team: Tiffany James, Program Director; Yancy Auqui, Case Manager; Erika Carter, Case Manager; and Johanna Santana, Case Manager.

Domestic violence survivors are crime victims deserving of information, advocacy, and unwavering support. URI is here to help them navigate the journey to independence.

Learn more about our CVSP and LEAP programs at urinyc.org ๐Ÿ’™

In 2016, the URI PALS team led an impactful workshop on addressing domestic violence and pets at the prestigious Purina ...
04/28/2024

In 2016, the URI PALS team led an impactful workshop on addressing domestic violence and pets at the prestigious Purina Better with Pets Summit. Our CEO took the stage as a panelist, unveiling our groundbreaking White Paper and premiering a touching PALS video. Plus, we teamed up with Purina employees for a heartwarming service event, crafting gift boxes for PALS program residents.

But that's not all! It was also the inaugural URI Celebration event and awards ceremony in . Together, we united leaders from diverse sectors to amplify awareness about the intersection of domestic violence and pets.

Now, as we commemorate the 10th anniversary of our PALS program, we reminisce on each milestone achieved, each life touched. ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’– Join us in honoring this journey of resilience and compassion.

๐ŸŒŸ Honoring National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) ๐ŸŒŸAt URI, we're committed to standing with domestic violence survi...
04/27/2024

๐ŸŒŸ Honoring National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) ๐ŸŒŸ

At URI, we're committed to standing with domestic violence survivors and all crime victims, not just this week, but every single day. Meet two remarkable members of our Legal Education & Advocacy Program (LEAP): Dinneen Cato, Esq., Staff Attorney, and Erika Rodriguez, Paralegal. Their dedication knows no bounds as they tirelessly advocate for justice and remove barriers for those in need.

For survivors of domestic violence, safety is paramount. Our LEAP team understands the complexities of their situations and provides individualized, on-site comprehensive legal aid. From child custody to orders of protection, we're here to support survivors every step of the way.

This NCVRW, we're reflecting on the theme, "How would you help?" Our answer: by amplifying support, creating meaningful change, and ensuring victims' rights are upheld. Join us in honoring victims' rights and making a difference in our community. Together, we can build a safer, more just world.

To learn more about our impactful work, click here: bit.ly/3JD3p43

Join us for the 2024 URI Celebration online Silent Auction, leading up to our main event on Thursday, May 9th, 6:00pm at...
04/27/2024

Join us for the 2024 URI Celebration online Silent Auction, leading up to our main event on Thursday, May 9th, 6:00pm at Cipriani Broadway!

Bid on a luxurious Expert Color, Cut, and Blow Dry experience at the renowned PM Jerome Lordet Salon. Indulge in a pampering session at this esteemed salon, nestled in the heart of the chic Upper East Side of Manhattan. Let their top stylists work their magic on your hair, leaving you feeling fabulous inside out!

But wait, there's more! Your bids don't just enhance your style, they also support survivors of domestic violence and homeless families at Urban Resource Institute (URI). It's a win-win!

Donโ€™t miss out on this opportunity to make a difference while treating yourself. Start bidding now for a great cause: bit.ly/3xAdE6u ๐ŸŒ

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In the 50 years since the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, strides have been made in financial empowerment for women. Yet, ...
04/27/2024

In the 50 years since the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, strides have been made in financial empowerment for women. Yet, for survivors of domestic violence, economic abuse remains a barrier to independence. Our recent City Limits opinion piece dives deep into this issue. Check it out for valuable insights from Nathaniel Fields, blair doroshwalther, and Teal Inzunza, LMSW. Let's continue the conversation and work towards a more equitable future. ๐Ÿ’ผ๐Ÿ’ฌ

โ€œIn the 50 years since the Equal Credit Opportunity Act became law, so much has changed...But for survivors of domestic violence, the vast majority of whom experience economic abuse, so much remains the same.โ€

๐ŸŒŸ This National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) and every day, URI stands with domestic violence survivors and all cr...
04/26/2024

๐ŸŒŸ This National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) and every day, URI stands with domestic violence survivors and all crime victims, working tirelessly to remove barriers and promote justice. Meet two exceptional members of our Crime Victim Services Program (CVSP): Stephanie Paer, Program Manager, and Zarif Choudhury, Bronx Family Justice Center General Manager.

CVSP operates on a trauma-informed, client-centered model, offering vital services such as individual/group counseling, safety planning, and advocacy. We support both non-residential and residential clients, including those in our unique PALS (People & Animals Living Safely) program. ๐Ÿพ

To learn more about our impactful work and this year's NCVRW theme, "How would you help?" click here: bit.ly/3Qouo7d ๐Ÿ’™ hashtag hashtag hashtag

Join us in honoring victims' rights and making a difference in our community! Together, we can amplify support and create meaningful change.

๐Ÿ‘– On  , Team URI stood in solidarity with victims of   and  . URI is committed to ending   and   by supporting survivors...
04/25/2024

๐Ÿ‘– On , Team URI stood in solidarity with victims of and . URI is committed to ending and by supporting survivors on their journey to safety and healing. Let's challenge harmful attitudes and misconceptions surrounding sexual violence. Together, we can raise awareness and empower survivors!

In 2015, the PALS program expanded to welcome dogs and other small animals alongside cats, thanks to URI's advocacy urgi...
04/24/2024

In 2015, the PALS program expanded to welcome dogs and other small animals alongside cats, thanks to URI's advocacy urging governing bodies to broaden admission criteria. This change opened doors for more families to find shelter together with their beloved pets.

URI also published the groundbreaking White Paper "Escaping Domestic Violence as a Pet Owner" in 2015, shedding light on the vital link between domestic violence and pets. We further convened a unique round table event, bringing together diverse stakeholders to address this critical issue.

As we mark the 10th anniversary of the PALS program, we reflect on our journey year by year, supporting survivors and their cherished animals on their healing path together. ๐Ÿ’• Join us in celebrating this milestone and learn more about our PALS journey here: urinyc.org/uripals/

04/24/2024

Join us this hashtag on Wednesday, April 24th, to show solidarity with survivors of sexual assault. Let's challenge harmful attitudes and myths by proudly wearing denim. At URI, we support survivors with comprehensive programs and advocacy to end cycles of violence. Together, we can raise awareness and empower survivors.

๐ŸŒŸ We are thrilled to honor Elizabeth Rose as the Triumph Award recipient, symbolizing resilience and courage. In 2019, E...
04/23/2024

๐ŸŒŸ We are thrilled to honor Elizabeth Rose as the Triumph Award recipient, symbolizing resilience and courage. In 2019, Elizabeth bravely escaped abuse with her daughter Hazel and their cat Bebe, finding solace and support through URI's PALS program. Her journey epitomizes healing and hope for survivors worldwide.

Join us in celebrating the 10th anniversary of People & Animals Living Safely (PALS), highlighting the bond between domestic violence survivors and their beloved pets at the 2014 URI Celebration on May 9th. ๐ŸŽ‰

Don't miss this inspiring event! Learn more and explore sponsorship opportunities here: urinyc.org/celebration2024.

๐ŸŽ‰ Celebrating a Decade of PALS Program Success! ๐Ÿพ Did you know that in 2014, URI PALS opened the FIRST pet park at a NYC...
04/23/2024

๐ŸŽ‰ Celebrating a Decade of PALS Program Success! ๐Ÿพ Did you know that in 2014, URI PALS opened the FIRST pet park at a NYC shelter? That same year, PALS presented at the Better with Pets Summit, highlighting innovations strengthening bonds between people and pets. ๐ŸŒŸ

Since then, we've expanded our pet-friendly services for survivors in transitional housing. Join us as we mark the PALS program's 10th anniversary, reflecting on our progress year by year, supporting survivors and their beloved animals on their healing journey together. ๐Ÿ’•

04/23/2024

During National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), we stand united in removing barriers to justice for victims of crime. Meet Tiffany James, Director of URI's Crime Victim Services Program (CVSP). CVSP offers trauma-informed services like counseling and advocacy to empower survivors of domestic violence. Follow us during to hear how year-round we address this year's themeโ€”"How would you help?" ๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ

Team URI proudly joined the 39th Crime Victims Vigil at West End Collegiate Church, standing with survivors and honoring...
04/22/2024

Team URI proudly joined the 39th Crime Victims Vigil at West End Collegiate Church, standing with survivors and honoring those impacted by violence.

This year's theme, "How would you help," deeply resonated with us. Jacquelyn Perriot, Early RAPP Coordinator, shared her experience with teen dating violence, emphasizing our crucial work in preventing youth violence.

Members of our RAPP (Relationship Abuse Prevention Program) and Early RAPP team lit the Candle of Prevention, and later, the final Candle of Hope was illuminated. Names of lost loved ones were solemnly remembered, highlighting the lasting impact of violence.

Thank you, Jacquelyn, for your courage and advocacy. Your strength inspires us. Special thanks to URI's RAPP and Early RAPP teams, Crime Victim Services (CVSP), Legal Education Advocacy Program (LEAP), and all attendees for their support.

Together, we're committed to fostering safer communities.

๐Ÿพ In 2013, URI pioneered the People and Animals Living Safely (PALS) program, offering safe shelter and support for dome...
04/22/2024

๐Ÿพ In 2013, URI pioneered the People and Animals Living Safely (PALS) program, offering safe shelter and support for domestic violence survivors and their pets to heal together. The first PALS program started with 10 housing units at our Urban Womenโ€™s Safe Haven DV shelter in Brooklyn, NY.

๐ŸŒŸ Ten years later, PALS has grown from these beginnings to serve hundreds of families, becoming a trusted leader in the intersection of and .

๐ŸŽ‰ As we approach the 2024 URI Celebration, commemorating a decade of PALS honoring the human-animal bond, we're sharing our journey of the program's progress year by year. Stay tuned for more on how PALS continues to evolve and help people and their pets in crisis .

Learn more about our journey: urinyc.org/uripals/

This National Crime Victimsโ€™ Rights Week (NCVRW), we're joining the nation in confronting barriers to justice for all vi...
04/21/2024

This National Crime Victimsโ€™ Rights Week (NCVRW), we're joining the nation in confronting barriers to justice for all victims of crime. At URI, we're proud to support survivors of domestic violence, offering essential services and hope. Our Crime Victims Services Program (CVSP) provides trauma-informed counseling, safety planning, and advocacy, while our Legal Education and Advocacy Program (LEAP) offers comprehensive legal aid. Follow us this NCVRW to hear from our staff on how we empower survivors. Let's unite to honor NCVRW and support victims nationwide. Learn more: www.ovc.ojp.gov/ncvrw2024

Join the 2024 URI Celebration online Silent Auction before our main event on Thursday, May 9th, 6:00pm at Cipriani Broad...
04/21/2024

Join the 2024 URI Celebration online Silent Auction before our main event on Thursday, May 9th, 6:00pm at Cipriani Broadway! Bid on luxury travel packages, self-care goodies, event tickets, and moreโ€”including a dreamy 10-night stay at The Club, Barbados! ๐Ÿ๏ธ

Your bids support survivors of domestic violence and homeless families at Urban Resource Institute (URI). Donโ€™t wait! Start bidding now for a great cause: bit.ly/3xAdE6u ๐ŸŒ

Domestic violence is a significant factor contributing to the rise in violent crimes. It's crucial for NYC to prioritize...
04/20/2024

Domestic violence is a significant factor contributing to the rise in violent crimes. It's crucial for NYC to prioritize investments in violence prevention, intervention, and safe housing for survivors. Weโ€™re grateful to Maria Cramer and Chelsia Rose Marcius of The New York Times for shedding light on this important issue and having a meaningful conversation with URI's CEO Nathaniel Fields about the urgent need for action. Together, let's work towards a safer and more supportive community.

Homicides, rapes and shootings in New York City have decreased, but the number of assaults has remained stubbornly high.

๐ŸŒŸ Only three weeks left until our 2024 URI Celebration! ๐ŸŒŸJoin us for an unforgettable evening as we honor the inspiring ...
04/19/2024

๐ŸŒŸ Only three weeks left until our 2024 URI Celebration! ๐ŸŒŸ

Join us for an unforgettable evening as we honor the inspiring individuals and organizations supporting our mission to end cycles of domestic violence and homelessness. Let's celebrate ten incredible years of our People and Animals Living Safely (PALS) program, recognizing the powerful bond between survivors and their beloved pets.

๐Ÿพ Purchase your tickets or sponsorship today: urinyc.org/celebration-2024/

URI is thrilled that S.15 has advanced in the NYS Senate Committee on Social Services. This bill will improve shelter ac...
04/17/2024

URI is thrilled that S.15 has advanced in the NYS Senate Committee on Social Services. This bill will improve shelter access for domestic violence survivors without children, including older adults, LGBT+ individuals, and trafficking survivors who often face barriers to shelter.

S.15 passed the Assembly Social Services Committee and is now heading to Assembly Codes and Senate Finance before the final floor vote. This legislation will make New York's transitional housing system more equitable for marginalized populations.

Thank you Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi and State Senator Andrew Gounardes for championing this! Let's make it happen this session!

Safe Horizon New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence-They/Them/Theirs Senator Jamaal T. Bailey Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz

We're thrilled to introduce Les Stockel as our new Vice President of Facilities Operations at URI! With over 25 years of...
04/12/2024

We're thrilled to introduce Les Stockel as our new Vice President of Facilities Operations at URI! With over 25 years of experience in commercial real estate and corporate facilities, Les brings a wealth of expertise to our team.

Les's role will focus on strategic initiatives, property management, and capital planning, all crucial to furthering URI's mission of providing essential services to those in need.

Read more in our press release: bit.ly/4cQDUtt. Join us in welcoming Les to !

04/10/2024

๐ŸŒŸ Economic abuse is a serious issue affecting survivors of domestic violence. Nearly all survivors (between 94-99%) report experiencing economic abuse.

๐Ÿ”’ Economic abuse includes coercive behavior that restricts access to financial resources. Survivors often face coerced debtโ€”non-consensual debts incurred through fraud or manipulation by abusive partners.

๐Ÿšช Financial obstacles are a major reason survivors stay in abusive relationships or struggle post-abuse. Coerced debt can hinder access to housing, loans, and basic services.

๐Ÿ’ช We at URI are committed to creating economic justice for survivors. We need policymakers' support to pass legislation allowing survivors to discharge coerced debt and rebuild their lives.

๐Ÿ“ Learn more about in our Blueprint for Change advocating for survivor-centered policies: bit.ly/3tHQJVe

๐ŸŒŸ We are thrilled to announce that NYC Council Speaker Adrienne Adams is this yearโ€™s Visionary Award recipient at the 20...
04/09/2024

๐ŸŒŸ We are thrilled to announce that NYC Council Speaker Adrienne Adams is this yearโ€™s Visionary Award recipient at the 2024 URI Celebration! ๐Ÿ† Join us in celebrating her impactful work in equity, women's health, racial justice, housing affordability, and education, transforming NYC for the better. ๐Ÿ‘

We'll also be honoring the 10th anniversary of People and Animals Living Safely (PALS), highlighting the special bond between domestic violence survivors and their pets. ๐Ÿพ

Don't miss our inspiring celebration! Learn more and support us at urinyc.org/celebration2024.

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