The Floating Hospital was thrilled to catch up with the young people from Camp RiseUp 2019.

Our Health Education team welcomed the youngsters to our clinic in Long Island City for lunch. But, as if that wasn’t enough, they went rock climbing afterwards.

The reunion was an exciting time for the teens. Some of the kids live in various homeless shelters run by New York City’s Department of Homeless Services, while others are from the community. For many, it was the first time they’ve seen each other since Camp RiseUp 2019. And how excited they were to catch up!

Camp RiseUp takes kids out of the city’s homeless shelters to Rhinebeck, in upstate New York. There, they learn a range of valuable life skills. Skills that will inspire them, and empower them to make the most of their lives. They take classes that cover things like sexual health and financial literacy, as well as take part in fun activities like kayaking and swimming.

For many of them, it’s their first time outside of the city.

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From Camp RiseUp 2019 to 2020

While the Camp RiseUp class of 2019 speak so fondly of their time at camp, some are also looking forward to this year’s camp. Those who are now 18 years old are returning as camp counselors, while those not quite 18 will be coming back as camp counselors in training.

As well as the emotional support of previous campers, Camp RiseUp 2020 needs your support.

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Starting in 1866, The Floating Hospital is the largest provider of healthcare to homeless families. We provide free and secure transport to and from over 300 shelters and domestic violence safe houses throughout New York City.

The Floating Hospital operates a main clinic in Long Island City. Additionally, we have satellite clinics at shelters, public housing, and assessment centers throughout the city.