Technical Assistance

helpNYC offers a variety of training and technical assistance conducted by people who have lived, volunteer, educational, and professional experience serving undeserved New Yorkers. We have ready to go presentations and trainings, but we also offer customizable and couture presentations drawing on our vast experiences.

If you or your organizations is interested in having helpNYC present at or help you plan your next event, please contact Josh Parkin at

Food Assistance Collective of New York

The Food Assistance Collective of New York is a group of nonprofit food assistance programs that have come together to share best practices, share resources, and advocate for their program needs. The collective was formed out of a need for food assistance programs in New York City to network and problem solve in the early days of the Coronavirus Pandemic in New York City in 2020.

Peer Delivered Services: Who are Peer Specialists?

45 Minute Lecture with Question and Answer Session | Presented by Joshua Parkin, Peer Specialist

Peer Support Specialists are an increasingly useful service provider in the delivery of Mental Health Services in any hospital, clinic, or direct service environment. This lecture takes an inside look of the how Peer Specialists are an important part of a program participant's Recovery from Mental Health Concerns and Substance Misuse; the history of the Ex-Patient/Survivor/Consumer Movements; New York State's and other national Peer Specialist credentialing processes; modality of service; and explores what a person centered form of service delivery looks like.

This lecture is presented by Joshua Parkin a Peer Specialist that has lived experience with Mental Health Concerns and Substance Misuse. The lecture is approximately 45 minutes with an included 15 minutes of Question and Answer. The lecture is customizable to the client's needs.