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NY Yankees step up to the plate for CMCS

Members of the NY Yankee Community Benefits Fund present their grant to the staff of the CMCS Drop In CenterThe New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that assigns grants to organizations whose work is felt in Bronx County. The Fund came into existence in conjunction with the construction of the new Yankee Stadium, and it solidifies the partnership between the Yankee organization and the people of the Bronx.

Pictured in the photo are Directors, Leo Martinez and Arlene Hall from the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, Fortunata Lardo-Dimarco and Nicole Brown of CMCS, and Directors Ted Jefferson and Susan Goldy from the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund.

Among other efforts, the Fund encourages the promotion of the economic growth of minority groups and the rendering of assistance and services in matters of housing assistance, providing of manpower training and related assistance and supportive services to adult unemployed and unemployable persons from economically disadvantaged areas of Bronx County.

The immediate goal of the CMCS Drop-In Center is to provide runaway and homeless youth between the ages of 14-24 with a safe haven from the streets and to assist them in meeting their basic needs.  Whenever possible, CMCS works to reunite these youth with their families through an integrated network of residential and non-residential services in keeping with the federal Runaway and Homeless Youth Act. 

When reunification is not possible, the program aims to protect youth and help them progress towards independent living.  Through daily workshops, our staff provides case management services to assist youth to meet their basic needs, receive medical and mental health services, further their education, obtain employment, and acquire the skills necessary to become independent individuals.

Funds from the grant will be used to help provide these youth with a sense of pride by purchasing new undergarments, shoes, toiletries and winter clothes. These items along with the vocational support and counseling they receive can help turn these young lives around.  

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