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Once Aspiration, Now Achievement: ICL Project Aspire
Breaking the cycle of homelessness for women, the award-winning, SAMHSA-funded ICL Project Aspire celebrated the 144 women who enrolled in it (over 110 women of whom have made the successful transition from shelter to their own apartments), during the June 16th festivities at Brooklyn Borough Hall. It was an emotional day of heartfelt testimonials, insightful remarks and loving hugs as the five-year project drew to a close. Staff members from CAMBA Park Slope Women’s Shelter, in which the program was offered, will continue to offer two of the three ICL Project Aspire initiatives so that CAMBA residents can continue to benefit.

Overall, ICL Project Aspire participants experienced a number of statistically significant life improvements, including global mental health and a decrease in symptoms of depression. As the project concludes, and final analysis is ongoing, current data indicates that project participants demonstrate a rate of return to the NYC adult shelter system within one year of placement of 7.7%, as compared to the New York City fiscal year average of 13.9% for the same period (from 2005 to 2010).

The hope at ICL is that though the five-year grant has ended, it can find further funding to replicate the program and/or reinterpret it through collaborations with peer agencies whose consumers can benefit from ICL Project Aspire’s life-changing initiatives.

On July 11, WKTU (103.5 FM) broadcasted a 30-minute interview about ICL Project Aspire. William Campbell, ICL Project Aspire Project Evaluator and ICL Project Aspire graduate Dana J. spoke with KTU Cares Cindy Vero. Listen to the recording at


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ICL family programs have enabled over 100 parents to retain or regain custody of their children from foster care. Preserving and strengthening families is a bedrock goal of ICL and its network of services.