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Who We Are

Our Founding

In late 2008, Kate Barnhart reached out to a small group of her friends and associates to discuss creating a new group to serve the homeless youth population in New York City. Kate recognized from her years of involvement with this population that there was an unfilled need for continuous and consistent case management. Meeting that need would help youth in all stages of homelessness embark or progress on the path to self sufficiency. Under Kate’s leadership, that small group of like-minded but diverse individuals reached out to their networks to assemble a program of case management and life skills education.

Our Growth

At our first activity, we attracted only a handful of participants and expected very slow growth as no outreach was planned. It quickly became obvious that word-of-mouth would dramatically increase the size of our groups. Our typical Sunday meal is approaching 50 participants a week, with life skills group consistently exceeding 25 participants. In April of 2010, we were impressed to learn that we had served a hot meal to more than 300 unique participants.

Our Board

Jeremy Heinerich, President

Jeffry Mummert, Treasurer

Andy Humm, Secretary

Kate Barnhart, Executive Director

Samantha Box

Board Members

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Mission Statement

Created in 2008, the mission of New Alternatives is to increase the self-sufficiency of homeless LGBT youth and to enable them to transition out of the shelter system and into stable adult lives. We do this by providing case management, education services, life skills training, community-building recreational activities, opportunities for self-expression, and support services for HIV+ youth. Our guiding principles are those of harm reduction, youth development, and empowerment.