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  • From Retiree to Jewelry Expert: Meet Longtime Volunteer Norma

    From Retiree to Jewelry Expert: Meet Longtime Volunteer Norma With her eclectic, show-stopping style, Norma Mascarotti has become the long-standing jewelry guru of Housing Works Thrift Shops. Read below for Norma’s story, and get the chance to meet the queen of glitz and glam herself at her jewelry event, “Norma’s Picks”, on December 15th at our Gramercy Location. Housing Works: …

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    • Team Werq: Mike Dreyden and Candy Samples

      Team Werq: Mike Dreyden and Candy Samples Each September hundreds of bicyclists, or as we here at Housing Works call them, endurance activists, ride 285 miles from Boston to NYC as part of BRAKING AIDS® Ride. Though the three day ride is fully supported by staff and crew, it requires a level of commitment above and beyond a …

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      • BRAKING AIDS® Rider: Michael Pellman Rowland

        BRAKING AIDS® Rider: Michael Pellman Rowland Each September hundreds of bicyclists, or as we here at Housing Works call them, endurance activists, ride 285 miles from Boston to NYC as part of BRAKING AIDS® Ride. Though the three day ride is fully supported by staff and crew, it requires a level of commitment above and beyond a …

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        • She Represents: Meet Jennifer D. Kelley

          She Represents: Meet Jennifer D. Kelley When you live in New York City, you inevitably meet people who are slash-somethings. A typical example is server-slash-artist, but you don’t often hear about an Executive Director-slash-Talent Manager-slash-Volunteer Board Representative. Well, you do now. Meet Jennifer D. Kelley, a true dynamo in every sense of the word. We recently connected …

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          • On Food and Giving: Maggie Ruggiero’s Generous Gifts

            On Food and Giving: Maggie Ruggiero’s Generous Gifts Here at Housing Works, we’re always on the lookout for great stories about our community. There are so many people who touch our organization that there’s a high probability we may miss something incredible. That’s why we were so excited when Heidi from the Bookstore Cafe told us about Maggie Ruggiero …

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            • Well Read: Bookstore Cafe Volunteer Kimberly Chou

              Well Read: Bookstore Cafe Volunteer Kimberly Chou With apologies to Tennessee Williams, Housing Works depends on the kindness of volunteers. These are no strangers; they are dedicated community members devoting their own time in our fight to end AIDS and homelessness. Their importance cannot be overstated–this is especially true in our Social Enterprise Businesses. With over 200 in …

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              • Visionary Patrons: Maureen Ryan and Erik Hepler’s Story

                Visionary Patrons: Maureen Ryan and Erik Hepler’s Story Housing Works has been able to thrive and grow because of generous donors like Maureen Ryan and Erik Hepler, a tremendously giving couple who have been involved with Housing Works since the beginning—Erik since the time the organization was founded—and Maureen since she married Erik in 1999. They each individually have …

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                • Jamie Stahl, Social Work Intern

                  Jamie Stahl, Social Work Intern Jamie Stahl dived head first into Housing Works, taking on two roles at once. Just this past December, Stahl, a graduate student in social work at Yeshiva University, signed up to become a volunteer at the Housing Works Thrift Shop Donations Department. And within days, advocated to be placed as an …

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