About the Showcase
Break Free NYFW is a runway show with a cause. Leading the discussion on mental health and substance use disorder within the fashion industry.
All of the proceeds from this show will go to the Break Free Foundation, which provides scholarships to assist those seeking treatment for a substance use disorder to enter a rehabilitation center.
START serves over 4,000 patients across the New York City area. START’s REACH program is a drug-free chemical dependency program for non-opioid substance abuse disorders. The REACH program is an article 32 program certified by NYS OASAS. Our contract work with the NYC Administration for Children’s Services has provided services to adolescents in Juvenile Detention Centers since 2011.
Teen START, launched in 2017, is an Article 31 clinic licensed by the New York State Office of Mental health to provide individual and group counseling to adolescents. START’s involvement in the 100 Schools Project has allowed us to help adolescents in schools across New York City since 2017.
Learn more at startny.org/
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Hekate is an intimate sober bar and specialty tea shop fueled by feminine energy, designed for those who seek the alchemy of herbal elixirs. It is a convivial community place for anyone who might appreciate an alternative to bars.
Front Society is a community style social event organization based out of New York, NY. It’s roots began during the COVID-19 crisis as a means for frontline workers to find a source of relief from the grind of the global pandemic.
Our community rapidly spread to others who were also feeling the effects of the world crisis. Frontline workers began inviting their friends and before long a movement had begun.
Events initially involved gatherings of ten designed to connect others during disconnected times and support the struggling local businesses of New York. Now, we focus on organizing unique experiences such as charity galas, photoshoots, and special events.
Break Free Foundation
The Break Free Foundation advocates to end the stigma of mental health and substance use disorders for those to and through recovery. We provide those who lack the funds to seek behavioral health and rehabilitation services with scholarships through our semi-annual Break Free NYFW runway fundraiser. We also offer monthly virtual events and hope to offer support groups online soon.
The Break Free Foundation seeks to aid individuals and families struggling with their mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders, to find viable, quality treatment through tools and resources, education, support, harm reduction, and advocacy. We aid individuals seeking recovery through the Break Free scholarship fund which sends anyone who lacks the financial resources to attend a recovery center to do so at no cost to them.
In 2022 we sent 12 individuals to a recovery center through our two scholarship offerings: one is a general offering that anyone seeking recovery can apply to through our collaboration with 10,000 Beds, and the other one is the Sergeant Tyler Memorial fund for veterans and active service members to attend a treatment facility.
In 2023, we aim to expand our scholarships to include an offering to aid individuals in seeking behavioral health services, as well as to double our scholarship offerings. We have partnered with Recovery Centers of America's South Amboy campus to offer 30 days of inpatient treatment and 30 days of outpatient treatment for 1-2 individuals in need per month for residents of New Jersey. Residents of New York, can attend RCA for a 30-day inpatient program and then attend outpatient services from Realization Center for 120 days.