WAKING UP EARLY ON THIS BEAUTIFUL FRIDAY APRIL 5 2013 TO TAKE STEVE AND KAT TO THE COURT HOUSE TO GET HITCHED !! Well legally partnered anyways . . . we try to discourage marriage here at The Space at Tompkins and promote the wonderful Domestic Partnership instead :) If you know someone you love or like a little you can go to the Coalition for the Homeless and get a $35 voucher and get a domestic partnership too (as long as you have ID or a NYS benefit card) and then you can get into couples shelter with your very own room that same day !! I'll post pictures later of the two happy participants :D

Meet and Greet Fundraiser at Sustainable NYC

The Space at Tompkins Fundraiser!

Tuesday April 17th, 2012 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
at Sustainable NYC | 139 Avenue A (close to 9th St) 

Meet The Space at Tompkins, a grassroots harm reduction organization that has been working with the transient homeless community around the East Village for the past two and a half years.  We’re an all volunteer staff and this meet and greet fundraiser is meant to introduce the East Village community to the work we’ve been doing and also get some people we work with replacement identification.

During times of homelessness, many people have their personal identification lost or stolen, and the process to replace it is arduous and expensive.  We’ve started this identification replacement service because something as simple as having a state ID can open doors to health care access, detox, job placement, housing, and the list goes on.  A New York State ID costs $9, and we usually need to replace people’s birth certificates in order to get their NYS IDs.  The whole process takes many man hours and costs roughly $40 a person.

Check out our website for more information www.thespaceattompkins.org, and any form of contribution (we love in-kind donations) is greatly appreciated.  Check out our IndieGoGo campaign (www.indiegogo.com/thespaceidproject) if you can’t make it on April 17th and want to contribute to this project directly.  All money goes to replacing IDs (no overhead, no salaries).

We look forward to meeting you! – Andréa Stella, Executive Director

Ribeye for a New York State ID

Update on the ID scene: we’re all volunteers here at The Space, so what better form of thank you than a giant ribeye from a person we helped get a replacement New York State ID?  He’s currently working at a Kosher butcher in Williamsburg, and thought it would be a nice gesture.  Well it was!

Now we’ll have to have a BBQ or I’ll have to learn how to cook.

Birth Certificate Saga

The Space is offering an identification replacement service to individuals who have lost, or are not in possession of, their legal documents. We never thought the replacement process would be easy, but I also didn’t expect to meet so many barriers. It has gotten so exacerbating that I actually said to an Indiana Department of Health worker “I promise he was born, he is sitting next to me,” which did nothing to improve the situation.

The lessons taken away from trying to replace government identification:
1) It’s incredibly difficult and having these documents is often taken for granted
2) Everyone needs a birth certificate as a starting point to obtain a New York State ID
3) Everyone also needs a social security card, but if you’ve had a social security number, it’s a bit easier to replace

In September we received: 1 social security card (after two attempts), a Florida State ID, an Indiana Birth Certificate, and two NYS IDs are in the mail from the DMV.  With that said, we are still plugging along, and if anyone you know needs a replacement ID, I (we) will happily fight through the bureaucracy along with you.