Transitional Services for New York, Inc. (TSINY) was founded 43 years ago by family members looking to provide solutions to the problems of the mentally ill.
Since its inception, TSINY has grown to serve more than 4,000 people each year, providing services such as housing assistance, counseling, job preparation and placement, and crisis intervention, clinics. In short, TSINY is an oasis for those with severe mental illness who have nowhere else to turn.
The people they serve are men and women of all races, nationalities and ethnic backgrounds, most of whom have been involved in psychiatric treatment for many years. Their mission is to enable them to achieve a more satisfying and normal lifestyle by helping clients live and work in a more productive manner.
Every year, TSINY hosts an annual gala to raise both funds and awareness of mental illness. This year’s Moonlight Masquerade Gala is on October 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck. Councilman Daniel Dromm will serve as master of ceremonies.
Honorees include Alexis N. Confer, executive director of ThriveNYC, Thomas Grech, president and CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, Félix Matos Rodríguez, president of Queens College, Dr. David Schnur, director of the Psychiatry Residency Program at Elmhurst Hospital, and Deputy Borough President Melva Miller.
“Society has often turned its back on mental illness,” said TSINY CEO Larry Grubler. “Only recently has some of the stigma of mental illness begun to wear off, yet so much more needs to be done. We would not be able to continue the work we do without the encouragement from the honorees and the assistance we receive from so many and we are so grateful.”
For information on tickets, to make a donation or take a tour, please call (718) 746-6647 ext. 7011.