Unique People Services (UPS) Executive Director Yvette Brissett-Andre is the recipient of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce’s Best of the Bronx Award of the Year.
Brissett-Andre was selected for her extraordinary leadership at UPS and her deep dedication to improving the lives of individuals in need in Bronx and across the city. The award will be presented at the Best of the Bronx 2017 Golf Outing on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Trump Links at Ferry Point Park.
As a nonprofit 501(c)3, UPS has been providing vital programsfor individuals with HIV/AIDS, developmental disabilities and mental health challenges since 1991. Large-scale fundraising efforts executed by Brissett-Andre have enabled the agency to expand its reach and contribute to the reduction in homelessness in New York City. This year, she will lead UPS in its first affordable housing initiative, Lynn Place, when the Bronx housing complex opens in September. Other essential services include UPS’ Annual Health Fair, an important community resource supporting the #Not62 campaign, a call-to-action to improve the health of Bronx residents.
In addition to leading Unique People Services, Brissett-Andre, a 2016 SmartCEOBrava Awardwinner, also serves on the Board of the Interagency Council of New York and Mental Health News Education, Inc. (MHNE).
Commenting on her Best of the Bronx Award, Brissett-Andre said, “At UPS, we’ve always stayed true to our Bronx roots. To be recognized for our work is truly an honor and a fitting tribute to our late founder, Lynn Wonsang, who strived for compassionate care for all. With the 2017 opening of Lynn’s Place, the next chapter in our Continuum of Care, we look forward to touching more lives in the borough for years to come.”
About Unique People Services
Founded in 1991, Unique People Services, Inc. (UPS) is a New York-based nonprofit 501(c)3that provides supportive housing and medical case management services to individuals and families living with mental health challenges, developmental disabilities and HIV/AIDS.Now celebrating its 26th Anniversary, the agency operates 27 supportive housing programs in Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Westchester County.
More than 500 New Yorkers call UPS’ home, living in well-appointed residences where they receive meals and support services to help them achieve the highest possible levels of independent living and community inclusion. The transitional, long-term and permanent housing UPS provides has also become a safe haven for many formerly homeless individuals.
With the opening of Lynn’s Place in 2017, the agency’sfirst affordable housing initiative, UPS will help transform more lives, deepening its mission of Understanding People, Providing Homes, and Serving Communities. For more information about Unique People Services, please visit here.