Livonia Avenue is the ICL’s first residence to offer an intensive set of services and expertise devoted to young adults, ages 18 to 26, who are struggling with mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness, but who have aged out of the child system. The residence also serves adults, aged 26 and older, facing similar challenges.
Residents live in studio apartments and enjoy the benefits of independent living with the assistance of supportive staff. The NYSOMH-licensed facility offers case management services, vocational training, substance abuse counseling, recreational activities, and 24-hour front desk coverage. Residents also have access to medial and psychiatric services through community-based providers.
“Over 90% of homeless youth have symptoms of mental health disorders, so it is crucial to work directly with these young adults at such a critical age,” says David Woodlock, ICL President and CEO. “
At the event, a Community Appreciation Award from the office of the Brooklyn Borough President was presented to Walter Campbell, the District Manager of Brooklyn Community Board #5, in recognition for his many years of service working with young people and adults. Walter has served on numerous civic boards and associations and is the founder of the George K. Campbell Scholarship Fund, in memory of his son. Deeply committed to his church and his community, Walter is an inspiration to the young people he serve and continually demonstrates to them the importance of hard work, determination, and the overall desire to achieve one’s goals in life.
Following the awards presentation, guests were treated to a lunch and tour of the Residence.
“We opened our Livonia facility right around the time of Hurricane Sandy last year,” says Christina Mansfield, LCSW, ICL’s Senior VP of the Child & Family Services Division. “Now that Sandy is well behind us, we wanted to celebrate the ongoing efforts of those who help at-risk young adults in the community to become stronger, more independent individuals. I want to express my thanks to Walter and the entire ICL staff at Livonia for their hard work and for making such a difference in the lives of our residents.”