New York, NY – Monday, June 1st, Bailey House held its dedication ceremony for The Rand Harlan Center for Housing, Wellness and Community at 1751 Park Avenue between 121st and 122nd Streets in East Harlem.
Rand Harlan Skolnick was a beloved member of Bailey House, having served on its Board of Directors for 2 decades until his passing in 2008. The Rand Harlan Center for Housing, Wellness and Community is a place where Mr. Skolnick’s memory will be honored and Bailey House CEO, Regina Quattrochi, and Bailey House Board Chairman, Jeffrey Schneider, lead the dedication with words of affection for their dear friend. “Rand had the ability to make friends with everyone he met, but also had a deep understanding of the importance to befriend someone in need”, remembered Mr. Schneider.
For 25 years, Bailey House has been reaching out to people in need of assistance and in need of friends. With Mr. Skolnick as a source of inspiration, Ms. Quattrochi looked to the future of what is to come for Bailey House. “Bailey House has always gone where the AIDS epidemic is worst. In 1999, we opened our first AIDS program in East Harlem and since then have served thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS from the neighborhood and surrounding communities. Today with the opening of our Rand Harlan Center for Housing, Wellness and Community we open our doors even wider as HIV infection rates, poverty and homelessness ravages lives and communities. We are excited to expand our program space, food pantry and launch new administrative offices from this new site, which will allow us to expand our housing and services, both proven component of HIV/AIDS care and prevention.”
We would like to thank those who were able to join us for this milestone, with special thanks to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and former Borough President C. Virginia Fields, as well as representatives from the offices of the Honorable Keith Wright, the Honorable Inez Dickens, and the Honorable Dick Gottfried and Chiefs of Staff of the Honorable Adam Clayton Powell, IV and Congressman Charlie Rangel.