Jamie Favaro is the Founder and Executive Director of Washington Heights CORNER Project (Community Outreach and Resources, Needle Exchange and Harm Reduction). During her work as the Assistant Director of the George Washington Bridge Outreach Program, Ms. Favaro was exposed to the hopeless and fatalistic mindset of many homeless injection drug users in the neighborhood. After the GWB Outreach Program lost funding to operate night hours in November 2005, Ms. Favaro began performing street-based outreach on her own time with supplies accumulated through a harm reduction program close to her residence on the Lower East Side. This effort evolved to become the Washington Heights CORNER Project, the community’s first harm reduction and syringe exchange program. With funds provided through the City Council, Ms. Favaro left the GWB Outreach Program in February 2007 to work full-time expanding WHCP services. Since founding the agency, Ms. Favaro has been responsible for its legal incorporation, licensing, fundraising, overall operation and expansion activities. Since becoming a licensed Syringe Exchange Program in 2007, Washington Heights CORNER Project has provided over 375,000 clean, free syringes to high-risk, low or no-income injection drug users. Ms. Favaro received her MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work in 2004. She was the 2007 recipient of the ‘Emerging Social Work Leader’ award from the National Association of Social Workers.
10.02.12- The first Small Group Speaker we are announcing is:
Lilly Belanger is the Program Director of the international, environmental nonprofit, the No Impact Project. Lilly has a BA in the field of Social Justice with a concentration in Sustainability and Environmental Studies. She has worked in program coordination and volunteer management with a variety of non-profits and has studied environmental justice in a diverse range of locations from Cuenca, Ecuador, to Southern Mexico, to the foothills of Appalachia in her home state of Kentucky.