Kandake House Opening in NYC
Greenhope Services for Women officially opens the doors to Kandake House, a new state-of-the-art facility and home to its residential substance abuse treatment program for formerly incarcerated women, in the East Harlem section of New York City on May 19. Located at 435 E. 119 St., it will house 72 women, 28 with children, as well as offer outpatient services, reaching a total of 400 women at a time.
Built on a philosophy of woman-centered service, Greenhope provides holistic programs and services, in addition to traditional drug and therapy treatment. So far Greenhope, founded more than 35 years ago in a convent, has helped more than 5,000 women. The new facility, its design and program model were developed from the vision of Anne R. Elliott, Ph.D., Greenhope’s executive director, as a viable alternative to incarceration.
Ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. with an outdoor commemoration and ribbon cutting with public officials, Greenhope alumnae and community leaders. A tour of the new building, which includes a rooftop garden and playground for the children, a wellness center, professional kitchen, kitchen classroom and a computer and vocational center, will follow.
Evening Benefit with Nona Hendryx
Starting at 6 p.m. Academy Award-nominee songwriter and singer Nona Hendryx will give a special benefit performance entitled “Women Who Fly” to raise funds for Kandake House. Hendryx is noted for singing in the groundbreaking soul/rock/funk group Labelle and their sassy classic “Lady Marmalade.”
“This celebration is an opportunity to thank our supporters and share the spirit of healing we bring to the many courageous women who pass through the doors of Kandake House on their journey back to wholeness,” says Elliott. “I’m delighted to officially open the doors to the beautiful new home of Greenhope.”
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