Last week, New York City Police Officers Ricardo Roman and Samuel Baez helped me get a haircut, glasses, and a suit so I could interview for jobs.
I was hired then by Kobrick Coffee Co., a cafe that has a local roasting plant and located in the Meatpacking District (https://www.kobricks.com). It is at 9th Avenue and 13th Street.
I started this job this week and I am working!
While I am still living on the streets in Chelsea, I am hopeful to be able to afford a room soon and restart my life. The problem is that it has gotten very cold in New York and I'm concerned about getting sick or not being able to sleep as my job starts at 6 a.m..
For this reason, this weekend, I asked attorneys from Khan Johnson LLP (https://www.khanjohnson.com/) who have been helping me with the police officers to set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money to rent a room so I can be ready for my new job. I would also like to be able to buy some clothes for the winter and for my new job.
While asking for you to donate, I want to thank the police officers who have helped me.
I would also like to say thank you to Captain Kevin Coleman and Sgt. Ahmed Deeb of the 10th Precinct: https://twitter.com/NYPD10Pct
After Officers Baez and Roman helped me, I learned that they are "NCOs" or Neighborhood Coordination Officers: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/nypd/bureaus/patrol/neighborhood-coordination-officers.page
The program allows police officers to engage and help neighborhood residents including people such as me. It started in 2017. The NCO program has two liaison officers assigned to three sectors, following up on quality of life complaints, and holding quarterly Build the Block meetings.
The officers who helped me are the Sector A officers and their supervisor is Sgt. Deeb.
When setting up this Go Fund Me page with an attorney from Khan Johnson, I was told about this quote from Captain Coleman:
“I’m really into the public service aspect of being a police officer. My career is about helping the people of New York City — keeping them safe, responding to them in times of crisis.”
I am very grateful to everyone involved. If you would like to say thank you with Sgt. Deeb, Officer Baez and Officer Roman, they have their emails here.
I hope you contact them to say thank you for the service to New Yorkers like me and you. They have helped me see the police in a different light and helped changed my life.
With that in mind, I will be donating half of the money raised here to a charity promoted by the Captains Endowments Association (https://nypdcea.org/)
I will give half of the money I raise to the GLS Memorial Fund https://www.glsmemorialfund.com/
This fund helps students in need of financial assistance who have a family member that is a firefighter, police officer or emergency medical technician or was lost in the World Trade Center attack.
Even if you do not give money, I hope that this post has inspired you to help out others and to get involved with your local New York police though the neighborhood policing program.
*Here are two stories with more information:
- Irma M Rosario Cora
- Irma Rosario
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