COOKIE’S JOINT is a volunteer-run community resource based in Lenape Territory (colonially known as NYC) for queer/trans folks of color created to attempt to fill in the wide gap between the direct-services we need to survive and state-ran facilities and non-profit organizations that do not center our needs.
We focus especially on members of our community who state/foundation-funded organizations cannot/will not help such as sex workers, trans women, undocumented folks, folks who have aged out of the NYC youth-only LGBT shelter system, disabled folks, etc.
The services we currently offer include:
~Lynn’s Closet & Pantry~
A constantly expanding free clothing pantry built around the needs of trans individuals featuring clothing in extended sizes, wigs, make-up, binders, and accessories and a food pantry featuring both vegan and gluten-free options.
Meals are prepared weekly in bulk so community members who are disabled, without kitchen access, or lacking free time to cook can just heat food in the microwave. We also have volunteers who do deliveries to food-insecure community who may be unable to travel.
~Emergency Housing Assistance~
We seek out individuals with extra space they are willing to offer short term (1 week to up to 2 months) to community in dangerous/abusive/unstable housing situations. We also do small fundraisers, usually monthly, to assist with relocation costs.
We also use our extended queer community to assist homeless community members in securing stable, long-term housing.
~Community Meeting Space~
We open our wheelchair and mobility accessible space to radical QTPOC groups & individuals seeking low-cost to free space to host meetings, workshops, demos, and other events that may not otherwise happen due to the lack of cheap accessible spaces in NYC.
We create care teams to assist our community in-and-outside of the often violent and unsafe medical system. For folks choosing to forego the medical industrial complex, or recovering from it, we offer home-based care, suicide watch, pet care, and cooking/cleaning assistance. For folks who are hospitalized we offer hospital visits, food drop-offs, and assistance finding advocacy resources.
Our mission is to create community-led networks, divesting from the state, to ensure that the members of our already very vulnerable communities can have the type of care we need to survive and build the movements that will ensure we can continue to thrive in the future.