In the Bronx, you can see incredible diversity: not just in culture and language but also in story, circumstance and need. The Bronx is also a community which has experienced generations of poverty in one of the most expensive cities in the world. This puts our neighbors at greater risk for a host of challenges, including food and housing insecurity, disadvantages in accessing employment and education, and poor medical and mental health outcomes. Not surprisingly, the Bronx has the highest percentage of people infected with COVID-19 . And in the first seven weeks of the economic downturn, nearly 147,000 Bronx residents filed unemployment claims – nearly 25% of the labor force in the Bronx.
In 1982, a group of people started a soup kitchen in the Bronx where guests were invited to be a part of a community. Over the years it has grown into an esteemed Bronx institution where each client continues to be seen as a valued member of a loving community, deserving not only healthy food but also the support needed to move from crisis to stability and ultimately self-sufficiency.
POTS offers a mosaic of services: big and small, simple and complex, which come together to create a pathway forward for all who seek help. Through our unique “one-stop shop” model, we seek to provide clients with the widest variety of services possible under one roof to help them in their journey from crisis to stability, and ultimately self-sufficiency.
Part of the Solution accomplishes this through what we call a “one-stop-shop.”
We have three programmatic pillars:
Emergency Food Programs which consists of a daily nutritionally balanced lunch from our community dining room and a fresh groceries from our pantry.
Day-to-Day Services which include clothing, mailroom, a hot shower, a haircut, and access to medical and dental services.
Next-Step Services which include case management, social work, legal clinic, , workforce development, and a mentoring program.
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