To be a loving community in the Bronx that nourishes the basic needs and hunger of all who come to its door.
We believe that every person should have access to the essentials of life and the support necessary to achieve stability and ultimately self-sufficiency.
According to POTS’ Theory of Change, individuals will make the greatest and most-sustained progress toward stability and self-sufficiency if they are provided access to the resources, programs, and services needed to make progress in five related stability-creating areas:
Theory of Change
Supporting educational aspirations for clients and their children increases their ability to achieve and maintain stability and self-sufficiency.
Providing access to health care and preventative services stabilizes health concerns and improves clients’ quality of life.
Ensuring uninterrupted access to hygiene, grooming, and communication tools is essential to providing a stable and functioning life for our clients.
Maintaining safe and stable housing provides clients’ ad their families’ safety, peace of mind, and pathways to move forward.
Increasing financial assets including income, public benefits, food, clothing, and other material goods ensures that clients have the resources to support their stability.
POTS measures its own success by how well we help each client reach increased stability in all of these areas. Our Stability Index establishes standards for individual progress in each area. We measure both individual achievement and community achievement in determining how well we’ve done each year in achieving our mission and how we can do even better.
Part of the Solution programs are thoughtfully designed to create enduring stability for all the members of our community. We have three programmatic pillars:
Approximately one-third of Bronx residents are currently living below the poverty line and this year alone, POTS will help close to 40,000 people, including 12,000 children, with a multitude of needs.
POTS’ services address the varying issues and complexities that accompany poverty by helping clients find stability across areas such as financial wellbeing, health, education, housing and day-to-day needs. By providing comprehensive and personalized support to our clients, we are able to address their unique circumstances and help navigate a pathway forward.
In 2020, POTS maintained its commitment to addressing the emergent needs of the community and providing consistent services to clients in need throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.