Who We Are

Our Mission

helpNYC is a peer driven community initiative that educates, advocates for, and provides direct services to people who are in need. We promote Human Rights, Social Justice, and social and economic opportunities. Our belief that people are the experts in their own lives is the essence of our work.

Our Motto

Removing Barriers. Restoring Dignity. Inspiring Hope.

Our Values

Human Rights - We support and advocate for the Human Rights of those who are underserved.

Lived Experience - We know our personal lived experience can be the most valuable tool in helping others.

Personal Dignity - We believe it is the right of an individual to have control over every aspect of their life.

Harm Reduction - We embrace practices which promote dignity, wellbeing, and access to services and resources.

Our Team

Josh Parkin

Joshua Parkin is a Community Leader, fierce Mental Health Advocate, and a Mental Health Peer Specialist. Josh retired in 2019 with more than twenty years in the entertainment industry spanning from Broadway to around the world touring as a union stage manager, stagehand, and audio engineer. He is an alumni of the New York City shelter system. Josh lives an active lifestyle in Recovery and brings the message of hope to his neighbors in need through his work at helpNYC. He has served as a Director on several national and international Boards of Directors, worked with LGBT Youth and has participated in some of the biggest events that have changed society. Josh was born in Maine and calls New York City home.
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Charlotte Masters

Board of Directors
Charlotte Masters is a dedicated public health professional based in Brooklyn, New York. She is pursuing a Master of Social Work from Fordham University, following a BBA in International Business from The American Business School of Paris in France. Following experience in a client facing role with the homeless population, Charlotte hopes to direct her diverse educational and professional background to providing more robust options for those in need.

Annual Reports

It warms my heart that a year ago a small website I created to share information with friends has grown into a mission to provide information about low-barrier, verified, and safe resources that New Yorkers can access across our great city. I never thought I would be writing the first annual report nor exploring the exciting opportunities coming in 2020 to helpNYC. Continue Reading

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