Already almost halfway to its fundraising goal in less than two months, the Glendale Middle Village Coalition met to continue its campaign at Yerman’s Irish Pub last Friday.
The group, formed exclusively to fight the establishment of a homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Avenue, again drew hundreds to the event, using a raffle drawing as their central fundraising driver for the evening.
Throughout the event, donation envelopes and checks were passed along to group leaders Sal Crifasi, who owns Crifasi Real Estate, and Kathy Masi, president of the Glendale Civic Association.
To date, the GMVC has raised upwards of $50,000 towards their $130,000 goal to cover legal fees associated with fighting the shelter through the courts.
While most of the attendees of the night were concerned Glendale residents, one woman named Linda Brilliant commuted from her residence at 200 Tillary Street, a 200-bed single adult women’s shelter for women with mental illness and co-morbid substance abuse disorders.
Brilliant had read about the fundraiser in the Brooklyn Downtown Star newspaper and came to air her grievances with the shelter system. She said that she has been in and out of the shelter system for many years, and has never been able to find a place where she feels safe and secure.
Currently, she shares a room with eight other woman, and said that one of her roommates smokes cigarettes inside, while others have been smoking crack cocaine. For reporting these violations, Brilliant said she is harassed by her roommates.
“When they don’t want you in the room they pour water on your bed and they attack you,” she said. “When you speak up they shut you down. When things are going well for them they block you out.” [GR]