Center for Transformative Change

In January of 2016, The INN launched its newest INNitiative, the Center for Transformative Change (CTC), a unique facility located immediately adjacent to the Mary Brennan INN soup kitchen in Hempstead. CTC serves as a Resource Center to assist guests of the soup kitchen to improve their life circumstances and/or become self-sufficient. The facility also houses a Clothing Boutique, where guests can acquire free clothing, including business attire for interviews or a new job, and housewares. The boutique is open and accessible to guests by appointment only.

Services Offered

Our mission is to assist guests with access to resources such as government benefits, housing/shelter placements and employment.

We Are Currently Able To Offer The Following Services:​
  • Government Benefits: Helping contact the Department of Social Services for SNAP (Food stamps), HEAP, and the Social Security Agency (SSI and SSD)
  • Emergency Housing: Helping contact Department of Social Services for emergency housing, help in locating and securing affordable housing (NOTE: Very few landlords are accepting applications or new tenants at this time)
  • Id Documents: Assistance in applying for birth certificates, driver and non-driver licenses, Social Security cards
  • Veteran Assisstance: Helping contact Services for the Underserved
  • Health Insurance Enrollment: Help contacting health insurance representatives, (usually we have onsite access to reps, currently just phone contacts)
  • Health Care: Referrals to health, dental and mental health services
  • Mental Health: Onsite visits with Central Nassau Guidance counselors, tele-medicine appointments with therapists
  • FurnitureReferrals to St. Vincent DePaul.
  • Notary Services: By appointment
Other Services:
  • Computer Lab: Training and access to email and resources for housing and employment
  • English As A Second LanguageOnsite classes through Literacy Nassau Literacy
  • Employment SerivcesHelp with resume writing, job searches, on-line applications, interviewing skills etc.
  • Legal ServicesOnsite access to pro-bono law referrals
  • Money ManagementHelp with credit counseling, banking and budgeting: will resume when banks re-open for in person services

If you would prefer to write a check for your donation please make your check payable to The INN. Our mailing address is 211 Fulton Avenue, Hempstead, NY 11550.