03.04.2011 / Housing Works

Housing Works

Believe it or not, I had a blog way back before blogs were even cool. Granted, I think it had a grand total of 4 blog posts at the time of it's untimely death. One of those blog posts happened to be about Housing Works. In honor of my retro blog and the fact that we're promoting charities this week, I'm going to fill you in on this amazing organization that has done nothing but expand their do-gooding by leaps and bounds since I first discovered them.

As per their website, "Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Their mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts."

What interests me most about this organization is how wide their umbrella spans. They have so many different unique and cool ways of contributing to the same great cause.

With both an on-line shopping site and several actual store locations scattered throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn- at the Housing Works Thrift shops one can find anything from a great retro piece of furniture to a high-end designer handbag.

Each year, Housing Works hosts the Design on a Dime event that draws in well-known designers, television personalities, and design enthusiasts alike. If you're interested in participating in this years event, click here for more information.

Nathan Egan Interiors' room from last year's Design on a Dime event.

Mark Stephen Design's room from last year's Design on a Dime event.

Design by Joshua's room from last year's Design on a Dime event.

"The Works" is non-profit catering and events firm that provides outstanding culinary experiences, detailed event planning, and seamless execution. The Works channels every dollar of profit to medical care, job training and social services to New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS. Their impressive client list includes HBO and MAC Cosmetics.

The Housing Works Bookstore Cafe has established itself as a New York downtown institution. The cafe features fresh, sweet, and savory dishes, soups and fair trade coffee and tea as well as a great selection of beer and wine. They offer wi-fi, a vast array of books, music, and movies to purchase. They are staffed almost entirely by volunteers and 100% of the profits go to Housing Works.

If you just can't wait to be a part of this amazing organization, their Annual Spring Forward Preview Sale is currently going on until March 22nd. They will be re-stocking their thrift shops with the best fashion, furniture, and artwork finds for a fraction of the price!

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