Thea Jandzio – Project Hospitality

Project Hospitality is a non profit organization in New York that helps those who are hungry, homeless, HIV positive and in need of crucial services. The organization helps individuals and families attain self-sufficiency and continuity of care. Project Hospitality strives to enhance the quality of life for the entire community.

Project Hospitality is a community-based, not-for-profit program established more than thirty years ago. It is an interfaith response to the needs of the hungry and homeless people living in Staten Island, meeting their most urgent needs by providing food, clothing and shelter. In its earliest days, the agency was a food pantry and soup kitchen. It opened the first overnight, voluntary emergency shelter for men in its second year of operation, and then a shelter for women. By 1985, Project Hospitality had established a trailer at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal that provided emergency and referral services for the homeless who gathered there.

Project Hospitality has also focused its work on people living with mental health issues, as well as those needing chemical dependency treatment and HIV Services. As the organization has grown, Project Hospitality continues to provide food, clothing, shelter, and support to those seeking to transition to the highest level of self-sufficiency.

Thea Jandzio was the Area Director of Adult Services for Project Hospitality in Staten Island from 2003 to 2011, and was a key member of the agency’s strategic planning committee.