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Media Contact: Erin Gaffney
NEW YORK (September 7, 2022) — Urban Resource Institute (URI) is proud to announce the promotion of Angela Thompson to Vice President of Programs for Homeless Families, reporting to Dr. Amanda Eckhardt, Chief Program Officer. Thompson is a standout performer at URI, where for the past four years she has provided exceptional leadership and dedication to our client-centered services for families experiencing homelessness. In this new role, Thompson will serve on URI’s Senior Team, partnering across departments to drive the URI mission to end cycles of violence, homelessness, poverty and trauma.
Thompson brings over 25 years of experience to the role, with expertise in homeless services, mental health, developmental disabilities, and geriatrics. She was previously a Program Director, overseeing two of URI’s sites offering transitional housing for homeless families, a position she held since 2018. As the Vice President, Thompson will lead the strategic direction, design, implementation, and operation of URI’s nine current shelters and comprehensive programs for homeless families, as well as help lead URI’s continued growth in serving the homeless community. URI’s nine shelters for homeless families provide transitional housing for 1,000 adults and children every night, and the client demographics reflect a striking New York City reality: children on average represent 75% of unhoused individuals.
“Angela Thompson brings commitment, passion, and expertise to her work with homeless families, and we are thrilled to recognize and reward her impactful leadership. At URI, we prioritize and foster employee growth, and it is a key pillar of our organizational values to encourage and uplift talented team members like Angela,” noted Eckhardt. “This promotion is well-deserved, and I look forward to having Angela as a partner in the delivery of our high standard of service to clients across our entire portfolio of shelter and services for homeless families, as well as at new sites and programs in the future.”
In addition to her valued role within URI, Thompson is highly regarded by city and state agencies overseeing homeless programs, including the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) and Human Resources Administration (HRA).
As a leading service provider for homeless families and the largest provider of domestic violence shelter services in the U.S., URI’s direct services, prevention, and intervention programs impact more than 40,000 individuals annually. URI is poised to increase the number of sites serving homeless families in the coming years, and Thompson will play a significant role in that expansion by building partnerships with the community and implementing trauma-informed frameworks.
Thompson holds a Master’s in Social Work from Lehman College.
About Urban Resource Institute (URI):
Urban Resource Institute (URI) transforms the lives of domestic violence survivors and homeless families by empowering individuals, families, and communities, particularly communities of color and other vulnerable populations, to end cycles of domestic violence, homelessness, poverty, and trauma by increasing safety and resiliency. As the largest provider of domestic violence shelter services in the US and a leading provider of homeless services, URI’s programs impact more than 40,000 individuals annually through prevention, intervention, education, and direct services in both residential and non-residential settings in New York. URI is recognized as a thought-leader with influence across the U.S. and beyond. For more information, visit www.urinyc.org or follow on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
If you or someone you know needs immediate assistance, call NYC’s 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-621-HOPE or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.