As a community, we are deeply distressed by the messages of violence and hatred on ATLAH Ministry's sign on Lenox Avenue. While we cannot force ATLAH to change their sign, we hope that we can counter their messaging in a positive way by raising funds and awareness for the Ali Forney Center (AFC) in Harlem.
This is how the AFC Executive Director Carl Siciliano describes their mission:
New York City can be a brutal place for homeless youth and tragically, many young lives have been destroyed. At the Ali Forney Center (AFC), we are making a difference by rescuing kids from the dangers of the streets and placing them into our safe, homelike environments.
AFC is working hard to provide our youth with the support and nourishment they need to succeed and thrive. We cannot do this work alone. We need the help and support of the broader community to make NYC a safer place for homeless LGBT youth. Thank you for your support and interest.
Would you help us support people doing lifesaving work in our neighborhood?
Thank you for your consideration!
Concerned Harlem Parents (as connected by Harlem4Kids)
When you donate to AFC:
$25,000 helps to provide one youth with housing and supportive services for one year.$5,000 Keeps Five LGBTQ youths off the streets for one month.$1,000 keeps One LGBTQ youth off the streets for a month.$500 helps provide Street Outreach for one week.$150 will provide shelter for one week.$50 will supply meals for one week for a youth.