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This afternoon at 3, a handful of local elected officials will join Project Renewal at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new community garden outside the organization's Third Street Men's Shelter.
The ribbon-cutting will kick off Project Renewal's Halloween-themed block party on Third Street between Second Avenue and the Bowery for community residents, with costumes, a pumpkin patch, food, games and more.
Going forward, the garden will be a venue for horticultural therapy and other programming for clients of the Third Street Men’s Shelter which, in 1991, became the first homeless shelter contracted by the New York City Department of Homeless Services. Today, the shelter offers a wide range of health, recovery, and job training services to homeless men with substance use disorder histories.
Project Renewal started as the city’s first medical detox clinic on the Bowery in 1967, and has since expanded to serve over 16,000 men, women and children annually.