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Part of the Solution in Bronx, New York by Spacesmith, LLP
October 17th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Spacesmith, LLP
Spacesmith is proud to announce the completion of Part of the Solution’s (POTS) new home. Since 1982. POTS has been serving people in need by providing food, clothing, counseling and other supportive services in a low income neighborhood in the Bronx. What began as a soup kitchen grew into a holistic, full service community facility, addressing every aspect of life’s needs to those who need a helping hand.
The Organization started to outgrow its original 5,000 sf space as overcrowding and long lines began to affect the focus on integrity for its clients and several programs had to be suspended due to lack of space. POTS purchased the adjacent 15,000 sf building to expand its mission. The plan was to triple its programming and storage space and offer a broader array of programs.
The full gut renovation included replacing the first floor structure, installation of an elevator, full restaurant style kitchen and freezers and new MEP systems throughout. The facade was entirely redesigned to imbue the building with a sense of solidity and permanence. A primary concern of the design was to instill POTS’ clients with a sense of dignity and belonging. To that end, the principle concept of attending to body, spirit and mind was translated into the physical arrangement of floors with functions for hygiene, food service and counseling support.
The bottom floor holds modern medical suites containing exam rooms and dental operatories. There are also showers, a “barber shop” and clothing program. The main floor holds the kitchen and dining area, the heart and soul of the non-profit, serving healthy meals to the homeless, poor and working poor. A new food pantry was designed as a self-select \”grocery store\” and is easily navigated and always fully stocked. Cooking and nutrition classes are also available. The top floor offers employment and legal services as well as an afterschool tutoring program.
Throughout the halls colorful graphics depicting the various sections of the building help keep spirits high.
In addition to its corporate benefactors, 1200 individuals support POTS each year. Together with its staff and volunteers, they are all truly Part of the Solution.
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