Happy 50th Birthday, VIP!

April 1st marks VIP Community Services’ 50th anniversary – and it is no April Fool’s joke! We are so grateful to all who worked tirelessly to make VIP what it is today, and for the ongoing support of our funders, partners, and friends. Above all, we are humbled by the trust our clients place in us each and every day and the opportunity to help people like Luz (see below). For over five decades, we have remained steadfast in our commitment to providing comprehensive and integrated services. For fifty years we’ve prioritized the needs of the people we serve. Today, we provide integrated medical and mental health care, addiction services, housing and shelter, job training and placement, harm reduction and other wraparound services. We look forward to the next 50 years, working hand in hand with our communities, people served, partners, and supporters, to continue making a meaningful impact. Thank you!


Debbian Fletcher-Blake

President and Chief Executive Officer

Luz D. is the inaugural tenant of our newly opened 65-unit supportive housing unit, located at 1899 Crotona Avenue, Bronx, NY 10457.

“They told me ‘Luz, you are moving in today,’ and that was awesome,” Luz exclaimed. “When I came to the building, I was already informed that I was getting a queen-size bed. I also received pots, utensils, and plates. They provided me with mops and a broom to help me settle in.”

Read Luz’s full story here.

VIP In The News

VIP Community Services celebrated the opening of its supportive housing with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 12. This supportive housing facility is at 1899 Crotona Ave. and has 65 individual and family units. Read more.

VIP Community Services celebrated the opening of its Harlem Shelter. The 135-bed shelter, located at 170 East 123rd St., serves single men with mental health diagnoses. Read more.

VIP Community Services’ staff recently showcased their expertise in providing Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) during a compelling case study conducted by the Center for Health Care Strategies. Their insights offer valuable perspectives on enhancing patient care within our health center. Read more.

Residents and community leaders founded VIP in 1974 under the leadership of Father Robert Banome to address major issues plaguing the Bronx at that time. We hope you will join us in honoring the legacy of Father Banome and others, as well as celebrating our continued commitment to serve communities in need.

Your financial support is key to ensuring VIP remains a strong and viable organization to meet the needs of the community.