URIPALS, NYC’s Only Program to House Domestic Violence Victims with Their Pets, Expands to Harlem

URI’s Urban Women’s Retreat emergency shelter to include 12 pet-friendly apartments

New York, August 17, 2015Urban Resource Institute (URI) today announced the expansion of URIPALS (People and Animals Living Safely), New York City’s only program that enables domestic violence survivors and their pets to reside together in shelter. The URIPALS program is now available at Urban Women’s Retreat (UWR), an emergency shelter located in Harlem. The expansion will run an initial six-month pilot at UWR, housing domestic violence survivors together with their pets, including cats and dogs, in 12 pet-friendly apartments. READ MORE >

ASPCA Pledges Continued Support for URIPALS, NYC’s Only Program to House Domestic Violence Victims with Their Pets

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$75,000 grant from the ASPCA to fund vital services for domestic violence survivors and their pets

New York, June 8, 2015 – URI is pleased to announce that the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) has awarded a $75,000 grant in support of URIPALS, New York City’s only program that shelters domestic violence victims with their pets. This is the second consecutive year that URI has received the grant from the ASPCA. The 2015 grant will continue to fund a URIPALS coordinator position established by an initial grant in 2014. Over the past year, the URIPALS coordinator has worked closely with families and pets within URI’s largest emergency shelter to provide the support and services they need to heal and move forward with their lives. READ MORE >

URI Remembers Co-Founder, Former Chair of the Board and Community Activist Horace L. Morancie

HoraceMorancieURI joins the New York City community in mourning the loss of URI co-founder and former Board Chair Horace L. Morancie. A true force for positive change in his community, Morancie dedicated his life to bettering the lives of his fellow New Yorkers.

“Horace Morancie’s passing has left all those who were fortunate enough to know him with heavy hearts,” said URI president and CEO Nathaniel Fields. “His commitment to serving others has left an indelible impact on our organization. Despite our collective sadness, Horace leaves behind a legacy of hope that serves as continued inspiration to us all.” Read More

Urban Resource Institute Awarded Avon Foundation For Women Speak Out Against Domestic Violence Grant For Avon Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program

Avon Foundation Awards $1 Million to Fund 16 Coordinator Positions in Domestic Violence Organizations Across the United States


(New York, NY – February 10, 2015) – The Avon Foundation for Women has awarded a $62,500 one-year grant to Urban Resource Institute (URI) in support of its Avon Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program, which provides annual funding for 16 full-time Economic Empowerment Coordinator positions in domestic violence agencies across the U.S. Since the Avon Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program launched, the Avon Foundation has supported 111 coordinator positions throughout the U.S. by providing more than $6.5 million in grants. Read More

URI Chosen as Mary Kay Foundation Grant Recipient

mary-kayThe Mary Kay Foundation has awarded URI a $20,000 grant to support our domestic violence shelter programs. With this funding, we are able to provide computer training to interns in our Working Internship Network program, which gives shelter residents valuable job training and experience that empowers them to move forward and attain self-sufficiency. Read More

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