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GCT, banks celebrating new homeless program.

GCT, banks celebrating new homeless program

The Grand Central Partnership (GCP) and four major New York City banks are celebrating the success of their joint outreach program to assist the homeless seeking shelter in the bank vestibules of selected banks in the Grand Central area.

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 8:30 a.m. in the 3rd Floor auditorium of 270 Park Avenue, the Grand Central Partnership, the American Savings Bank, The Chase Manhattan Bank, Chemical Bank and Manufacturers Hanover Trust will honor the employees of the GCP Multi-Service Center who make evening visits to area ATM's (automated teller machines). Manhattan Borough President Ruth W. Messinger will be the keynote speaker.

All of these employees were themselves once homeless.

"When the Multi-Bank ATM Outreach program was initiated almost two years ago, the concept was to have formerly homeless persons communicate the availability of proper shelter for the night and the hope for an improved life," said Jeffrey S. Grunberg, vice president for social services of the Grand Central Partnership.

Sponsored by the four banks, the American Savings Bank, The Chase Manhattan Bank, Chemical Bank and Manufacturers Hanover Trust, and operated by the Grand Central Partnership's Multi-Service Center, 152 East 44th Street, the program covers the ATM locations in the Grand Central area of the participating banks.

The GCP Multi-Service Center is now a multi-million dollar program centered on a "pathways to employment" program of which the goals are "to increase self-dependence, locate housing, and improve the social skills required for success," said Mr. Grunberg. "We regard the homeless person, in part, as a business client, or consumer, with needs that have to be met in a way that can make him or her self-reliant."

To date, the Multi-Service Center has placed over 117 formerly homeless individuals in full-time jobs and 201 in permanent housing.
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Date:Feb 12, 1992
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