About The Ali Forney Center
The Ali Forney Center was founded in 2002 in memory of Ali Forney, a homeless gender-nonconforming youth who was forced to live on the streets, where they were tragically murdered. Committed to saving the lives of LGBTQ+ young people, our mission is to protect them from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently.
The Ali Forney Center never closes its doors. They provide more than just a bed and food for those in need — from initial intake at their drop-in center to transitional housing and job readiness training, they provide homeless LGBTQ+ youth a safe, warm, supportive environment to escape the streets. They provide youth with quality services in an LGBTQ+ affirming environment. Given the discrimination and harassment that so many of these young adults face, they need comprehensive support to develop pride and security in their LGBTQ+ identities. At AFC, they approach each young person with respect and sensitivity— to develop trust first so they can help get their life back on track.
The Ali Forney Center relies on the generosity of individuals and businesses to provide life-saving services to over 2,000 homeless LGBTQ+ youth every single year. When you give, you help provide care for homeless LGBTQ+ youths, including meals, shelter, and physical and mental health needs. You can even give directly as a birthday gift, which helps to recognize our youth as individuals.
There are a multitude of LGBTQ run businesses in the NYC area. This year we chose to spotlight The Protein Bakery. The Protein Bakery hand makes the best tasting fresh baked cookies, brownies and blondies with a nutritional dense balance in every bite. Everything this little Chelsea bakery offers is high in protein, all natural, no wheat, no gluten and kosher. Learn more about The Protein Bakery here!
In addition to PRESS gives back we asked our employees at PRESS how they feel that PRESS / the wellness space represents the LGBTQ community as a whole. Below are a few of the responses.