Friends –


As a fellow Westchester County resident, you know first-hand the incredible resources and opportunities our county has to offer. But did you realize that amidst so much wealth there is also widespread hunger and homelessness in our own backyard.

In Westchester County:

  • 200,000 residents don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
  • Over 1,800 men, women and children are experiencing homelessness on any given day.
  • 1 in 10 residents are living below the federal poverty line.

You can help change these statistics by joining Lifting Up Westchester in a journey to restore hope to our neighbors in need.

“Kotval’s Korner,” a  new monthly e-newsletter, hopes to open a dialogue to address our county’s challenges and to celebrate the milestones we achieve together as we work to provide permanent solutions to end homelessness.

Read below to hear from Tara, a lifelong resident of Westchester County, who never imagined that one day she would become homeless. 

Yours sincerely,

Anahaita N. Kotval

Executive Director

A Very Special Camper

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You would love 10-year old Sofia if you met her. She is smart, funny and endlessly kind… in spite of a life that’s been filled with hardships.

Click here to read more about Sofia's journey to our Summer Camp.

She never imagined that one day she would be homeless...


Tara has been a resident of Westchester County her entire life . . . She never imaged that one day she would become homeless.

Born and raised in White Plains, Tara was a junior in college when an unexpected family emergency forced her to take a leave of absence. Just as things seemed to be turning around, Tara was diagnosed with cancer. Her illness led to bills and rent continuing to pile up until one day, she found herself homeless.

Click here to read more about Tara’s journey through homelessness.