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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Your Donation Helps to Feed Low Income LGBTQ New Yorkers Living With Serious Mental Illness. Become a Magician For a Day

Become A Magician for a Day

Your Donation Helps to Feed Low Income LGBTQ New Yorkers Living With Serious Mental Illness. 
thank you 

November  25, 2014
Dear Friends,

Two years ago I came on board helping Rainbow Heights raise money for their Meals Program using my platform as the Bi Polar Bear by raising $1500.00, which became $3,000 by becoming a magician for a day as this is a $1 for $ 1 matching gift campaign.   What a joy it was for me to be able to perform such a trick.

I'm inviting you to also become a magician for the day knowing that your contribution doubles the minute you say these three magic words, "I can help." when you hit the make a contribution button found on the Rainbow Heights Club page  

I invite you to watch the short clip put together by Christian Huygen Ph.D Executive Director of Rainbow Heights Club and by the members who are asking you and also thanking you.

To do this simple click on the link below:

Deadline December 20, 2014

We need to raise $15,000 so we can continue to provide a free meal for our members each afternoon for the next 6 months.

Because of the generosity of one of our major donors, if we meet our goal of raising $15,000 through this campaign, that amount will be matched dollar for dollar, resulting in a total of $30,000 which will fund the program for a full year!

 Your Donation Helps to Feed Low Income LGBTQ New Yorkers Living With Serious Mental Illness.

We need your help so that we can continue to provide a free hot meal to our consumers at the end of the program day.  100% of your donation will go directly to feed hungry New Yorkers by purchasing groceries and other consumables.
Meals are planned and prepared by members and volunteers.  Members suggest menus, create recipes and help to prepare and serve them. Each meal includes a vegetarian option, a healthy salad, a sugar-free drink, and a snack.
  • We provide over 200 free meals per week, over 8,000 free meals a year!
  • 94% of our members eat dinner at the club.
  • 87% of our members report this is usually their main meal of the day.

If you prefer to mail in a donation, please do this ASAP as the deadline is December 20, 2014

Send Checks: Make checks payable to
Rainbow Heights Club
Heights Hill Mental Health Service CAB
25 Flatbush Avenue, Third Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
ATTN:  C.Huygen

Your Donation Helps to Feed Low Income LGBTQ New Yorkers Living With Serious Mental Illness. 

Thank you all,

Stephen A. Puibello
Consumer Advocate, Educator
CPS, Philanthropist for both
Mental Health and HIV since 2004
Member of Rainbow Heights Club since 2008
SAMHSA Voice Award Fellow 2013
POZ Magazine Unsung Hero 2013

Monday, November 10, 2014

In the News from the Bi Polar Bear

Amid Funding Cuts, NY Organization Sees HIV Suppression Rates 250% the National Average: 

"Iris House opened its doors in 1993, primarily serving women who were living with HIV at a time when they had relatively few options for support services. It now offers comprehensive support services to women, men and families, whether they are infected with HIV or affected by HIV. These services include food and nutrition education, housing, case management, harm reduction, mental health, support groups and life skills training"

 Personal experiences continue to shape Cliffside Park man's life  October 31, 2014 By Jaime Walters

"CLIFFSIDE PARK - The Cliffside Park Council recently recognized longtime borough resident Stephen A. Pubiello with a proclamation for his activism and community service relating to the challenges of substance abuse, mental illness and HIV."


Op-ed: Why The U.N. Must Consider The Cruelty Behind Ex-Gay Therapy Conversion therapy isn't just snake oil. It's poison.  BY Samantha Ames Esq source: The Advocate

 "Under the Convention Against Torture, the United Nations has the power to address the practice of “cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment,” including forcible or coercive treatment based on the false premise that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is a mental illness that can and should be cured. Shockingly, while two states have enacted laws that protect youth against this harmful practice, some unethical therapists continue to practice conversion therapy on children in 48 states. The result, especially for vulnerable youth, is lifelong damage that can include depression, substance abuse, and even suicide.


 Lastly, Blogger under the weather and taking the rest of November off.