This little shelter changes lives. The gala aims for big funding.

Trinity Place is an outlier in the shelter system, with ten beds for LGBTQ+ residents ages 18-24 and very specialized care. Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, their focus is long-term success for residents, many of whom were rejected by their families or countries of origin.
Trinity Place is dependent on generous donations from corporations, small businesses, and individuals, and its continued success would not be possible without you.
The gala this fall is a critical funding source for Trinity Place Shelter, a non-sectarian, 501(c)(3) nonprofit which has protected vulnerable youth since 2006 and now scales its reach in meaningful new ways.

Our Story

Our goal is to provide homeless LGBTQ youth with the basic support, shelter and skills necessary to make the transition to independent living, and to make a positive difference for as many as possible in the midst of this crisis.

"The community I've found at Trinity Place Shelter has become so vital to my life that I don't know that I would be where I am now without it"

Join us this Fall 2023

Taking place this Fall 2023, the third annual Trinity Place Gala aims to be the most impactful yet. With dancing, drinks, appetizers, and a dazzling auction, you may want to begin planning your outfit. Details coming soon.

TPS Gala 2022 Honoree, Taryn Delanie Smith

TPS Gala 2022

"Trinity Place Shelter gave me a chance to see what love and acceptance would feel like before I had anyone that accepted me for who I was"


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A Message from the Director

Trinity Place Shelter is a small facility whose size enables us to have a big impact! Over 83% of our residents secure stable housing upon leaving – an exceptional number! This is due to the caring, family atmosphere with intensive one-on-one professional staff support these young people receive.

This is a particularly exciting time as we are currently scaling our reach and impact by offering day programming to other young queer people experiencing homelessness. We have introduced an 8-week Work Readiness Program and a variety of therapeutic services. Additionally, case managers will be onsite to assist the young people in accessing the resources they need to advance. 

The money raised through this year’s gala will be instrumental in supporting this life-changing work, allowing many more vulnerable young people access to our healing refuge and vital services.


๐’œ ๐‘€๐‘’๐“ˆ๐“ˆ๐’ถ๐‘”๐‘’ ๐’ป๐“‡๐‘œ๐“‚ ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐’Ÿ๐’พ๐“‡๐‘’๐’ธ๐“‰๐‘œ๐“‡

๐’ฏ๐“‡๐’พ๐“ƒ๐’พ๐“‰๐“Ž ๐’ซ๐“๐’ถ๐’ธ๐‘’ ๐’ฎ๐’ฝ๐‘’๐“๐“‰๐‘’๐“‡ ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐’ถ ๐“ˆ๐“‚๐’ถ๐“๐“ ๐’ป๐’ถ๐’ธ๐’พ๐“๐’พ๐“‰๐“Ž ๐“Œ๐’ฝ๐‘œ๐“ˆ๐‘’ ๐“ˆ๐’พ๐“๐‘’ ๐‘’๐“ƒ๐’ถ๐’ท๐“๐‘’๐“ˆ ๐“Š๐“ˆ ๐“‰๐‘œ ๐’ฝ๐’ถ๐“‹๐‘’ ๐’ถ ๐’ท๐’พ๐‘” ๐’พ๐“‚๐“…๐’ถ๐’ธ๐“‰! ๐’ช๐“‹๐‘’๐“‡ ๐Ÿช๐Ÿฅ% ๐‘œ๐’ป ๐‘œ๐“Š๐“‡ ๐“‡๐‘’๐“ˆ๐’พ๐’น๐‘’๐“ƒ๐“‰๐“ˆ ๐“ˆ๐‘’๐’ธ๐“Š๐“‡๐‘’ ๐“ˆ๐“‰๐’ถ๐’ท๐“๐‘’ ๐’ฝ๐‘œ๐“Š๐“ˆ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐“Š๐“…๐‘œ๐“ƒ ๐“๐‘’๐’ถ๐“‹๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” – ๐’ถ๐“ƒ ๐‘’๐“๐’ธ๐‘’๐“…๐“‰๐’พ๐‘œ๐“ƒ๐’ถ๐“ ๐“ƒ๐“Š๐“‚๐’ท๐‘’๐“‡! ๐’ฏ๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐’น๐“Š๐‘’ ๐“‰๐‘œ ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐’ธ๐’ถ๐“‡๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘”, ๐’ป๐’ถ๐“‚๐’พ๐“๐“Ž ๐’ถ๐“‰๐“‚๐‘œ๐“ˆ๐“…๐’ฝ๐‘’๐“‡๐‘’ ๐“Œ๐’พ๐“‰๐’ฝ ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐“‰๐‘’๐“ƒ๐“ˆ๐’พ๐“‹๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐“ƒ๐‘’-๐‘œ๐“ƒ-๐‘œ๐“ƒ๐‘’ ๐“…๐“‡๐‘œ๐’ป๐‘’๐“ˆ๐“ˆ๐’พ๐‘œ๐“ƒ๐’ถ๐“ ๐“ˆ๐“‰๐’ถ๐’ป๐’ป ๐“ˆ๐“Š๐“…๐“…๐‘œ๐“‡๐“‰ ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’๐“ˆ๐‘’ ๐“Ž๐‘œ๐“Š๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐“…๐‘’๐‘œ๐“…๐“๐‘’ ๐“‡๐‘’๐’ธ๐‘’๐’พ๐“‹๐‘’.

๐’ฏ๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐’ถ ๐“…๐’ถ๐“‡๐“‰๐’พ๐’ธ๐“Š๐“๐’ถ๐“‡๐“๐“Ž ๐‘’๐“๐’ธ๐’พ๐“‰๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐“‰๐’พ๐“‚๐‘’ ๐’ถ๐“ˆ ๐“Œ๐‘’ ๐’ถ๐“‡๐‘’ ๐’ธ๐“Š๐“‡๐“‡๐‘’๐“ƒ๐“‰๐“๐“Ž ๐“ˆ๐’ธ๐’ถ๐“๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐‘œ๐“Š๐“‡ ๐“‡๐‘’๐’ถ๐’ธ๐’ฝ ๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐’น ๐’พ๐“‚๐“…๐’ถ๐’ธ๐“‰ ๐’ท๐“Ž ๐‘œ๐’ป๐’ป๐‘’๐“‡๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐’น๐’ถ๐“Ž ๐“…๐“‡๐‘œ๐‘”๐“‡๐’ถ๐“‚๐“‚๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐“‰๐‘œ ๐‘œ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’๐“‡ ๐“Ž๐‘œ๐“Š๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐“†๐“Š๐‘’๐‘’๐“‡ ๐“…๐‘’๐‘œ๐“…๐“๐‘’ ๐‘’๐“๐“…๐‘’๐“‡๐’พ๐‘’๐“ƒ๐’ธ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐’ฝ๐‘œ๐“‚๐‘’๐“๐‘’๐“ˆ๐“ˆ๐“ƒ๐‘’๐“ˆ๐“ˆ. ๐’ฒ๐‘’ ๐’ฝ๐’ถ๐“‹๐‘’ ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐“‰๐“‡๐‘œ๐’น๐“Š๐’ธ๐‘’๐’น ๐’ถ๐“ƒ ๐Ÿช-๐“Œ๐‘’๐‘’๐“€ ๐’ฒ๐‘œ๐“‡๐“€ ๐‘…๐‘’๐’ถ๐’น๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘’๐“ˆ๐“ˆ ๐’ซ๐“‡๐‘œ๐‘”๐“‡๐’ถ๐“‚ ๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐’น ๐’ถ ๐“‹๐’ถ๐“‡๐’พ๐‘’๐“‰๐“Ž ๐‘œ๐’ป ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’๐“‡๐’ถ๐“…๐‘’๐“Š๐“‰๐’พ๐’ธ ๐“ˆ๐‘’๐“‡๐“‹๐’พ๐’ธ๐‘’๐“ˆ. ๐’œ๐’น๐’น๐’พ๐“‰๐’พ๐‘œ๐“ƒ๐’ถ๐“๐“๐“Ž, ๐’ธ๐’ถ๐“ˆ๐‘’ ๐“‚๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐’ถ๐‘”๐‘’๐“‡๐“ˆ ๐“Œ๐’พ๐“๐“ ๐’ท๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐“ƒ๐“ˆ๐’พ๐“‰๐‘’ ๐“‰๐‘œ ๐’ถ๐“ˆ๐“ˆ๐’พ๐“ˆ๐“‰ ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐“Ž๐‘œ๐“Š๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐“…๐‘’๐‘œ๐“…๐“๐‘’ ๐’พ๐“ƒ ๐’ถ๐’ธ๐’ธ๐‘’๐“ˆ๐“ˆ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐“‡๐‘’๐“ˆ๐‘œ๐“Š๐“‡๐’ธ๐‘’๐“ˆ ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’๐“Ž ๐“ƒ๐‘’๐‘’๐’น ๐“‰๐‘œ ๐’ถ๐’น๐“‹๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐’ธ๐‘’.

๐’ฏ๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐“‚๐‘œ๐“ƒ๐‘’๐“Ž ๐“‡๐’ถ๐’พ๐“ˆ๐‘’๐’น ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐“‡๐‘œ๐“Š๐‘”๐’ฝ ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐“Ž๐‘’๐’ถ๐“‡’๐“ˆ ๐‘”๐’ถ๐“๐’ถ ๐“Œ๐’พ๐“๐“ ๐’ท๐‘’ ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐“ˆ๐“‰๐“‡๐“Š๐“‚๐‘’๐“ƒ๐“‰๐’ถ๐“ ๐’พ๐“ƒ ๐“ˆ๐“Š๐“…๐“…๐‘œ๐“‡๐“‰๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐“๐’พ๐’ป๐‘’-๐’ธ๐’ฝ๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐‘”๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐“Œ๐‘œ๐“‡๐“€, ๐’ถ๐“๐“๐‘œ๐“Œ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐“‚๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐“Ž ๐“‚๐‘œ๐“‡๐‘’ ๐“‹๐“Š๐“๐“ƒ๐‘’๐“‡๐’ถ๐’ท๐“๐‘’ ๐“Ž๐‘œ๐“Š๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐“…๐‘’๐‘œ๐“…๐“๐‘’ ๐’ถ๐’ธ๐’ธ๐‘’๐“ˆ๐“ˆ ๐“‰๐‘œ ๐‘œ๐“Š๐“‡ ๐’ฝ๐‘’๐’ถ๐“๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐“‡๐‘’๐’ป๐“Š๐‘”๐‘’ ๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐’น ๐“‹๐’พ๐“‰๐’ถ๐“ ๐“ˆ๐‘’๐“‡๐“‹๐’พ๐’ธ๐‘’๐“ˆ.


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Trinity Place Shelter, which serves homeless queer youth living at and accessing services at an Upper West Side LGBTQ youth shelter.

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How the Head of a Shelter for Young L.G.B.T.Q. Adults Spends Sundays

March 17, 2023

"Wendy Kaplan, the director of Trinity Place Shelter, on Manhattanโ€™s Upper West Side. She described her job as โ€œthe opposite of a 9 to 5,โ€ but โ€œthese are my people,โ€.

"I don't feel like I live in a shelter, I live in a home…"