Bailey House Appoints Daniel Tietz As New CEO

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09/28/2017

Bailey House Appoints Daniel Tietz As New CEO

Bailey House is proud to announce that Daniel W. Tietz has been appointed as the organization’s new CEO. Tietz comes to Bailey House from New York City’s Human Resources Administration (HRA), where he has served as Chief Special Services Officer since May of 2014. A registered nurse and lawyer, Tietz is a respected leader with a strong record of accomplishment over his more than 30 year career in the nonprofit sector.

Tietz will join Bailey House in late October. He succeeds longtime CEO Gina Quattrochi, who passed away in December of 2016 following a valiant battle with cancer. His appointment is the culmination of a national search led by the Bailey House Board of Directors in consultation with executive search firm McCormack+Kristel.

“Dan’s entrepreneurial spirit, unique combination of advocacy and nonprofit experience, and relentless approach to improving the lives of some of New York City’s most vulnerable citizens make him the perfect fit to lead Bailey House,” said Matt Farber, Chair of the Bailey House Board of Directors. “This is a dynamic time for Bailey House, and we have found in Dan a tenacious and innovative leader who can help us build on our nearly 35 year track record of helping to transform the lives of New Yorkers affected by chronic illnesses.”

“Bailey House has been a leader in the housing sector and in helping people affected by HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses for decades,” said Tietz. “I look forward to joining the talented team and leveraging my own history and experience to continue to build on Bailey House’s important, valuable, and life-changing work.”

As the Chief Special Services Officer of HRA, Tietz oversaw programs that focus on the most vulnerable New Yorkers, including the HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA), Customized Assistance Services, Adult Protective Services, Emergency and Intervention Services (including emergency food assistance and domestic violence shelters and services), the Home Care Services Program, Supportive/Affordable Housing and Services, and Emergency Management. With a $10 billion budget and 14,700 employees, HRA assists 3.5 million New Yorkers each year with an extensive range of programs, which also include food and income support, such as cash assistance, rental assistance, SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid and child support.

Immediately prior to HRA, Tietz served as the executive director of ACRIA, a national HIV research, education and advocacy organization based in New York City. During his tenure at ACRIA, Tietz more than doubled the organization’s budget and vastly expanded its research activities, as well as its training, capacity building, and evaluation consulting services. Tietz previously served as the Deputy Executive Director for Operations at the Coalition for the Homeless and as the Deputy Executive Director for Day Treatment and Residential Services at Housing Works, both in New York City, among other positions. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health in a senior staff position for the Deputy Commissioner. Tietz has also long-advocated on behalf of LGBTQI rights and social justice concerns.

Bailey House On-Boards Access Community Health Center Program

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07/05/2017

Bailey House On-Boards Access Community Health Center Program

Bailey House is proud to announce that we have on-boarded the Sobriety Services program formerly run by Access Community Health Center. This is a one of a kind program serving individuals with developmental disabilities/cognitive impairments and acquired or traumatic brain injuries. We are in the process of transferring patients and have hired two program staff in order to maintain continuity of services for this population. The new staff members officially joined the Bailey House team today!

With this program growth, Bailey House is continuing its tradition of providing critical services for the most vulnerable among us. The new program will be housed within our Behavioral Health Clinic and represents an exciting expansion of services reaching a new population of New Yorkers in need.

Bailey House Announces 30x30x30 Campaign for Bailey-Holt House Anniversary

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06/02/2017

Bailey House Announces 30x30x30 Campaign for Bailey-Holt House Anniversary

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January 5, 1987. The New York Times ran a feature article entitled, “For Homeless With AIDS, A New Home.” The world was introduced to Bailey-Holt House, the nation’s first congregate residence for people living with HIV/AIDS, which welcomed its first five residents the preceding December.

Over the last 30 years, Bailey-Holt House has provided a home for more than a thousand people living with HIV/AIDS. Bailey House donors have been an integral part of shaping its history and helping its residents heal, grow and thrive. In recognition of this landmark anniversary, we are launching our 30x30x30 Campaign, which aims to raise $30,000 by June 30th to celebrate 30 years of transforming lives at Bailey-Holt House. We hope you’ll join us by considering making a 30th anniversary contribution to Bailey House, perhaps in honor or memory of someone personally meaningful to you.

When Bailey-Holt House first opened, we provided a space where people could live with joy, dignity and peace. At that time, the average length of stay for residents was four months, and almost all who moved in died while living with us. As people began living longer with advances in treatment and as HIV became a manageable chronic illness, supportive environments providing long-term housing and care like Bailey-Holt House grew in importance. Today, the average length of stay for our residents is five and a half years, with some living at the residence as long as 15 years or more. Many clients are ultimately able to move into more independent housing when they leave Bailey-Holt House as a result of the specialized care and tools we provide while they live there. One of Bailey-Holt House’s longest-term residents, Viola, who is legally blind and recently relocated to more independent housing for seniors, had this to say about her experience:

I have a great-granddaughter, and I don’t want her to see me as a drug addict who has AIDS. I want her to see me as a strong, willful person who does not make excuses for the mistakes that she made. Bailey House has helped me do that.

When you make a contribution in support of Bailey-Holt House, you are directly impacting the lives of the residents who live there. While government support covers some of the costs of operating the facility, it is not enough. One important component that is entirely paid for by individual donors is the meals program. Since the building had formerly been a hotel, resident rooms do not have kitchens, just living/sleeping space and bathrooms. Residents receive three meals a day, seven days a week, in a group dining room that overlooks the Hudson River. The average cost of a meal at Bailey-Holt House is $5. A gift of $30 covers six meals, $50 would cover ten meals and $100 would feed 20 people for dinner.

Where else can your donation have such a sustaining impact on the health and well-being of others in need?

We hope that we can count on your participation in our 30x30x30 Campaign to celebrate this special anniversary and continue to help our residents thrive!

Thank You for Supporting the 2017 Bailey House Gala & Auction!

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03/17/2017

Thank You for Supporting the 2017 Bailey House Gala & Auction!

Bailey House Celebrates the Organization’s Most Successful Gala & Auction in Nearly Ten Years

March 17, 2017 (New York, NY): Bailey House is proud to announce that the organization raised more than a half million dollars at the 29th Annual Bailey House Gala & Auction. The 2017 Gala & Auction took place Thursday, March 9th at Pier 60 in New York City. This marks the most successful Gala & Auction since February 28, 2008, prior to the stock market crash. The annual benefit event supports Bailey House’s more than 30-year mission to provide housing and vital services, including care coordination, mental health and substance use treatment, for people with or at risk of HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.

The success of the evening was marked by the celebratory warmth of the sold-out Gala Awards Dinner for 241 guests, with awards honoring the heroism of individuals and allies who work to further and fulfill the Bailey House mission. The dinner was followed by a festive and colorful Live and Silent Auction that welcomed just over 400 attendees.

The evening was hosted by Alan Cumming, Tony Award-winning stage, television and film actor and New York Times best-selling author. Cumming was joined by Michael Friedman, historian for Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet, who served as auctioneer for the evening.

2017 Bailey House Awards:

Gina Quattrochi Arts & Legacy Award – Presented to David France & Jonathan Starch for their long-time support of Bailey House and on-going work to amplify LGBT equality efforts, especially for people affected by HIV/AIDS. France is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and New York Times best-selling author of How to Survive a Plague, as well as an award-winning investigative journalist. Starch is the longtime Executive Producer of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”  The award was presented by Tony Award-nominated stage and television actor, singer and voice artist Raúl Esparza. In 2017, the Arts and Legacy Award was renamed in memory of Quattrochi, the late Bailey House CEO who passed away in December 2016.

Rodger McFarlane Social Justice Award – Presented to Patricia M. Evert, a committed fundraiser and philanthropic advisor who has been responsible for raising more than $250 million for LGBT, HIV/AIDS, political and social rights movements. The award was present by Tom Viola, Executive Director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Rodger McFarlane Youth Activist Award – Presented to LaQwanna Finkley, a junior at Lehman College, for her work to engage and empower disadvantaged youth, particularly women of color, as a leader of community health education and job readiness programs. The award was presented by Jeanette Ruffins, Bailey House Senior Vice President of Housing Resources and Development, and Jon Sands, who leads the Bailey House client poetry group.

The Gala Dinner was followed by the famous Bailey House Live and Silent Auction. Auction highlights included stunning works by legendary photographers Robert Mapplethorpe and Herb Ritts; a Bruce Sargent portrait sitting; two Air France Business Class tickets coupled with a three-night stay in Paris at La Maison, Champs-Elysées in a couture suite designed by fashion house Maison Margiela; an evening with New York Giants All-American quarterback Eli Manning, to name just a handful.

The Silent Auction featured nearly 450 items, including art, home design, fashion, restaurant and entertainment items. Four special home décor vignettes were curated by media sponsor NYC&G (New York Cottages and Gardens) presented by Baker Furniture; ATG Stores, the home furnishing company, represented by Creative Director Alexa Hampton and President Michelle Newberry; the New York Chapter of IDS IMPACT (Interior Design Society); and the New York Metro Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). The vignettes were created under the creative direction of leading interior designers including: Robin Baron, Kara Mann, Drew McGukin, David Santiago and others.

Through generous sponsorships, celebrity support and phenomenal auction items, Bailey House has raised nearly $20 million since its inaugural Auction. All proceeds from the event go directly to providing housing and supportive services for Bailey House clients – formerly homeless and low-income men, women, children, veterans and LGBTQ youth living with or at high risk of HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.

Photos from the evening are posted the Bailey House Facebook page. To request select images of VIPs contact Clayton Neighbors at cneighbors@baileyhouse.org.

Special Thanks:

Diamond Sponsors:
Betsy & Hunt Lawrence
Pfizer, Inc.

Platinum Sponsors:
Air France
David France & Jonathan Starch

Gold Sponsors:
Brightpoint Health
Manhattan Mini Storage
Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP
Strategix
Alan Tanksley, Inc.
Joy Tomchin
Wolf Films

Benefactors:
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Stephen Cirona
Giorgio Armani Corporation
JLR (Jaguar Land Rover) Long Island
Mount Sinai
RedBar Group
Bridgehampton National Bank (BNB)

Gold Ticket Sponsors:
Amida Care
Stephen Henderson & James LaForce
Andrew Lane
Julie Martin & Ivan Fonseca
Deborah Moses
Jono Oliver & Katja Annell
Clarence Patton
Dan Scheffey

Media Sponsor:
NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens)

Official Paint Sponsor:
Benjamin Moore

VIP Entourage Auction Sponsors:
Kathleen McGivney & Atom Moore

Special Gratitude:
Chelsea Frames
Décor Art Gallery
DJ Miss Guy
Goodman Media International
iLevel
Arthur Korant
Atom Moore
Paintbox Framers
Roadway Movers
ROOQ Fine Art & Framing

ABOUT BAILEY HOUSE:
For the past 34 years, Bailey House has been the leader in addressing poverty, homelessness and access to healthcare among people living with HIV/AIDS. Acting upon the principle that housing is a human right, in 1983 Bailey House became the first provider of housing and critical services for homeless HIV-positive individuals. Today, armed with the knowledge that permanent housing is a proven structural intervention that improves access to healthcare while reducing the spread of HIV, Bailey House’s mission is to transform the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses through housing, health services and community support. For more information visit www.baileyhouse.org.

Bailey House 2017 Gala & Auction Press Release

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03/06/2017

Bailey House 2017 Gala & Auction Press Release

Best of the Best: The 2017 Bailey House Gala & Auction
For Love, For Fun, For NYC Leadership and Impact

Hosted by Alan Cumming

Thursday, March 9, 2017 ǀ Pier 60, Chelsea Piers
6:00 PM: Cocktails & VIP Gala Reception
7:00 PM: Auction & Entertainment


March 6, 2017 (New York, NY):
 Bailey House presents its 29th annual Gala & Auction, one of the hottest parties of Spring 2017, on Thursday, March 9, 2017. The Gala honors the heroic dedication of the individuals and allies who help further the Bailey House mission to transform the lives of people with or at risk of HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses through housing, health services and community.

The 2017 event is particularly meaningful, as it will be dedicated to the extraordinary legacy of Gina Quattrochi, the late CEO of Bailey House who passed away in December 2016, after 25 years of steadfast leadership.

The 2017 Honorees include: David France & Jonathan Starch for their long-time support of Bailey House and their work to amplify LGBT equality efforts and help those affected by HIV/AIDS; David is the Oscar-nominated filmmaker and New York Times best-selling author of How to Survive a Plague, as well as an award-winning investigative journalist, and Jonathan is the longtime Executive Producer of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”; Patricia M. Evert, committed fundraiser and philanthropic advisor who has been responsible for raising more than $250 million for LGBT, HIV/AIDS, political and social rights movements; and LaQwanna Finkley, a junior at Lehman College, for her work to engage and empower disadvantaged youth, particularly women of color, by leading health education and job readiness programs. Award presenters include Raúl Esparza, Tony Award-nominated stage and television actor, singer and voice artist, and Tom Viola, Executive Director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The Gala will be hosted by Alan Cumming, Tony Award-winning stage, television and film actor and New York Times best-selling author.

The long-recognized Auction follows the Gala Dinner and features four special home décor vignettes curated by ATG Stores, the Home Furnishing Company; NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens) with Baker Furniture; the New York Chapter of IDS (Interior Design Society); and the New York Metro Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). These vignettes will be curated with an exceptional selection of fine furniture, art and other luxury home design items.

Other featured Bailey House Auction items include two tickets to the acclaimed Broadway production of Indecent; two Air France Business Class tickets coupled with a three night stay in Paris in a couture suite designed by Maison Margiela at La Maison, Champs-Elysées; a hand painted Maison Margiela black leather “Doctor Bag” created by artist Scooter LaForge; a set visit for the Emmy Award-winning television show “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”; two tickets to the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie, including a backstage visit with cast members Sally Field and Joe Montello; and a distinctive selection of furnishings and home décor.

Bailey House is proud to partner with the 2017 Official Media Sponsor, NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens). The 2017 Official Paint Sponsor is Benjamin Moore, and the company’s 2017 Color of the Year, Shadow 2117-30, will be the featured paint color throughout the auction.

Bailey House was among the first to partner with the design community to raise critically needed funds for HIV/AIDS related service. Since the first Auction in 1988, the annual event has raised over $15 million. All proceeds benefit Bailey House programs that help to positively impact and transform the lives of low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.

For more information, visit www.baileyhouseauction.org. The event hashtag is #BHAuctionGala. Individual tickets start at $150.

For press credentials, please contact Clayton Neighbors at cneighbors@baileyhouse.org. Please note, press is invited to photograph the Gala dinner; food will be served at the Auction, following dinner.

Special Thanks:

Diamond Sponsors:
Betsy & Hunt Lawrence
Pfizer, Inc.

Platinum Sponsors:
Air France
David France & Jonathan Starch

Gold Sponsors:
Brightpoint Health
Giorgio Armani Corporation
Manhattan Mini Storage
Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP
Strategix
Alan Tanksley, Inc.
Joy Tomchin
Wolf Films

Benefactors:
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Stephen Cirona
JLR (Jaguar Land Rover) Long Island
Mount Sinai
RedBar Group
Bridgehampton National Bank (BNB)

Gold Ticket Sponsors:
Amida Care
Stephen Henderson & James LaForce
Andrew Lane
Julie Martin & Ivan Fonseca
Deborah Moses
Jono Oliver & Katja Annell
Clarence Patton
Dan Scheffey

Media Sponsor:
NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens)

Official Paint Sponsor:
Benjamin Moore

VIP Entourage Auction Sponsors:
Kathleen McGivney & Atom Moore

Special Gratitude:
Chelsea Framers
Décor Art Gallery
DJ Miss Guy
Goodman Media International
iLevel
Paintbox Framers
ROOQ Fine Art & Framing

ABOUT BAILEY HOUSE:
For the past 34 years, Bailey House has been the leader in addressing poverty, homelessness and access to healthcare among people living with HIV/AIDS. Acting upon the principle that housing is a human right, in 1983 Bailey House became the first provider of housing and critical services for homeless HIV-positive individuals. Today, armed with the knowledge that permanent housing is a proven structural intervention that improves access to healthcare while reducing the spread of HIV, Bailey House’s mission is to transform the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses through housing, health services and community support. For more information please visit our website.

Bailey House Celebrates the Life of Late CEO Gina Quattrochi

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01/30/2017

Bailey House Celebrates the Life of Late CEO Gina Quattrochi

During the week of January 8th, Bailey House held three memorials to honor our late CEO Gina Quattrochi. Memorials were held at our congregate residence in Greenwich Village, Bailey-Holt House, and at our headquarters in East Harlem. Both offered a chance for staff and clients to share their stories about Gina and remember the impact she had on their lives. Our week of commemoration was capped by a third memorial, a celebration of Gina’s life, at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on Thursday, January 12th. Over 200 people joined Bailey House Board of Directors and staff to reflect upon Gina’s amazing legacy and her tremendous role in the community. All of us at Bailey House thank those who have been part of memorializing Gina and for your ongoing support of Bailey House.

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Bailey House Leadership Transition

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01/10/2017

Bailey House Leadership Transition

It is with deep sadness that the Board of Directors of Bailey House recently announced the death of our CEO, Gina Quattrochi. She passed away December 13, 2016, following a valiant battle with cancer.

Gina was the CEO of Bailey House for 25 years. Gina’s commitment and dedication to her work and her tireless advocacy around ending HIV/AIDS leave an incredible legacy, both at Bailey House and in the wider community. She was a visionary leader and advocate who believed that housing and healthcare are human rights. Gina’s work helped to transform the lives of those she touched, and she will be deeply missed.

As we begin the search for a new chief executive, the Board of Directors has asked Denise Arzola, Senior Vice President, to serve as acting Chief Operating Officer. Denise joined Bailey House in November of 2004 and has over 20 years of administrative, clinical and supervisory experience providing services and designing programs and interventions for vulnerable and at risk populations. During her tenure at Bailey House, she and her team have obtained operating licenses for both Mental Health and Substance Abuse clinics, expanding Bailey House’s services to include HIV negative individuals and those challenged with chronic illnesses. Denise is committed to ensuring the organization continues to move forward with the same core values, vision and integrity established by Gina.

Bailey House Mourns Loss of CEO

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12/14/2016

Bailey House Mourns Loss of CEO

It is with profound sadness that the Board of Directors of Bailey House announces the death of our CEO, Gina Quattrochi. She passed away December 13, 2016, following a valiant battle with cancer.

Gina was CEO of Bailey House for 25 years. Prior to joining Bailey House in 1991, Gina served on the organization’s Board of Directors for five years. During her tenure, Gina played a foundational role in growing Bailey House into an innovative leader in HIV/AIDS care and supportive housing. Her work and fervent advocacy helped establish the link between homelessness and the incidence of HIV infection. This approach stressed the need for a combination of stable housing and access to health care to achieve improved long term well-being.

Gina’s work introduced a significant shift in the way public policymakers view HIV/AIDS risk and prevention. She helped establish a new paradigm for public discourse to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic and sustained, successful health care. Over the course of her tenure, Bailey House grew from a small agency providing housing for people living with HIV/AIDS into an $18 million organization that provides housing, care coordination, mental health and substance use treatment to some of New York City’s marginalized citizens.

Gina’s commitment and dedication to her work and her tireless advocacy leave an indelible and permanent legacy. Her life touched countless people, and her vision and passion left a deep impact on those who knew her. Larry Kramer — legendary AIDS activist, founder of GMHC and ACT UP, Emmy and Tony Award-winning author of The Normal Heart and The American People and long-time friend of Gina — remembered her as a dedicated and passionate advocate who will be greatly missed. “All our lives will be poorer for the loss of this extraordinary person,” added Kramer. “She was the most noble of heroines. She fought not only for us, but for all of mankind.”

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In addition to her tenure as Bailey House CEO, Gina was former president and an ongoing board member of the National AIDS Housing Coalition. She was a founding member of the Ford Foundation funded “30 for 30 Campaign”, an advocacy initiative to ensure that the needs of women, and transgender women, are included in the national response to HIV risk and infection.

Gina was appointed to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Ending the Epidemic Task Force (2014). The Task Force provides guidance for the Governor’s Office and the New York State Department of Health on the implementation of strategies in support of the Governor’s goal to end AIDS by 2020. Gina served as a member on the Harlem Hospital Community Advisory Board, and on the board of the Ryan White Integration of Care committee, which sets health funding priorities for New York City. She was also a board member for iHealth NYS, which advocates and negotiates on behalf of HIV Targeted Case Management programs and chronically ill Medicaid recipients.

Gina’s impact on HIV/AIDS care and prevention spanned nearly three decades and her achievements have been widely recognized. On December 1st, Gina was recognized for her HIV/AIDS advocacy by the New York City Health Department, in conjunction with the dedication of the New York City AIDS Memorial. The following day she was honored by Bridging Access to Care at their 2nd Annual World AIDS Day Benefit Gala. These two recent awards of distinction acknowledged her work as a prominent activist and leader in the effort to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

In 2014, Gina was also awarded the UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program Community Health Improvement Project (CHIP) Award, honoring leaders in health care who have improved the well-being of people living in their community through a specific initiative.

The Board of Directors is implementing a succession plan that will continue to ensure that the organization moves forward committed to the same core values, vision and integrity established by Gina. Bailey House will share additional updates about services and a memorial as they are available.

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What’s at Stake?

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11/10/2016

What’s at Stake?

Statement by Bailey House CEO, Gina Quattrochi

Over the last two years, New York State and other jurisdictions have developed doable strategies and plans to reduce new infections to under 700 new cases, meaning that there will finally be an AIDS free generation. After 35 years of work the end could be in sight.

Whether you call it “Ending AIDS” or “Getting to Zero” the goals are pretty much the same. Reaching them requires navigating  a fragile latticework of medical and scientific research, HIV prevention, access to care and treatment, drug affordability, funding for syringe exchange and a whole-scale investment into those social determinants of health like housing that are required to achieve positive health outcomes.

Will Donald Trump be led by members of his party who may be more conservative than him to gut these safety net programs or will he rely on current experts running agencies like CDC, NIH and HRSA to advise him?  Mr. Trump seems to relish a good deal – I think ending AIDS in 2020 during his presidency is a pretty good one. I hope he takes stock

A Garden that Feeds the Soul

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09/22/2016

A Garden that Feeds the Soul

On the first day of fall, we reflect on some highlights of this past summer. Summer 2016 was a special one for residents of Bailey-Holt House, situated on the corner of Christopher Street and the West Side Highway in Greenwich Village. The building is equipped with a spacious rooftop featuring stunning views up and down the Hudson River, and it’s a space that many residents enjoy, especially during the warm summer months. This summer, staff and residents took advantage of the space and collaborated on a rooftop community gardening effort, and the results were spectacular!

“This summer’s garden was the most vibrant and edible in recent history,” said Jeannetta Bushey, Associate Director of the program at Bailey-Holt House. “Everybody is using it. It’s a true community effort.”

Staff and residents worked together on all aspects of the garden, from gathering and creating containers to putting wheels on them so they could be easily moved for watering and weeding. They also learned a lot together through their collaboration. The rooftop is open to the elements and exposed to intense sun and wind; residents and staff had to learn about gardening techniques and plant care in order to create a garden that could withstand the rooftop environment. Adjustments were made along the way to help the garden thrive.

A bonus of creating such a fruitful garden was being able to use the vegetables from the rooftop in the food that’s prepared in the kitchen for residents. “I loved using all the fresh herbs in sauces and soups,” shared Gail, the head cook in the kitchen. “And salads! We made some of the most beautiful and healthy salads using all of the kale, tomatoes, aka shiso, butter lettuce, radishes and peppers. And the residents kept asking for some of the kale for their juicing. I’m looking forward to making fresh pesto with the basil that we’re growing.”

One resident, James, was particularly helpful in the garden. It was his first exposure to hands-on gardening, and as a result of his positive experiences on the Bailey-Holt House rooftop he’s very much looking forward to the next gardening season. James had this to share about his time working in the garden: “Well, I like things that are green. Gardening for me increased socialization, both my own with other residents and for residents among themselves. It’s nice to help Bailey-Holt House be sustainable. It’s satisfying to me, stress reducing and calming. I get to pay it forward and see the results.”

The fruits of labor from the Bailey Holt-House garden included: aka shiso, basil, butter lettuce, clover (to help attract bees!), cucumbers, dill, kale, melons, oregano, peppers, pumpkins, radishes, rosemary, sage, spinach, strawberries, Swiss chard, thyme, tomatoes and zucchini.

As summer ends, the Bailey-Holt House gardeners will overwinter those plants that they can inside, some of which will continue to supply the kitchen with fresh produce to use. Urban gardening at its finest.

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