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Courage to Quit: Help For The Homeless




Willie Foster (Capital City Rescue Mission), Patrick Cox (Bowery Mission of NYC Champion), Debbie Keefe (Seton Health Center for Smoking Cessation, Program Coordinator), Luis Colon (Bowery Mission of NYC Champion), Marilyn Cox (Bowery Mission of NYC, Dan Meguin (City Mission of Schenectady Champion), Ibrahima Diop (Capital City Rescue Mission Champion)


Smoking rates for the homeless population is considerably higher than among the rest of the U.S. population. Yet, many homeless individuals have the same desire to quit smoking as the general population.



The Courage to Quit Program was developed by the Center for Smoking Cessation at Seton Health and funded by the

American Legacy Foundation to provide evidence based cessation services (counselling, cessation medication and healthcare provider brief intervention) to homeless shelter residents in the Capital Region.
Currently there are two locations that provide a weekly open-ended cessation support group that includes quitting tools and assistance with accessing free cessation medication.



The Courage to Quit Program is offered weekly at:


The Capital City Rescue Mission

Located at 259 South Pearl Street in Albany, New York.
When: Thursday evenings from 7:30pm – 8:30pm; refreshments served



City Mission of Schenectady

Located at 425 Hamilton Street in Schenectady, New York.
When: Monday evenings from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. 



The programs are free, open to the public and refreshments are served at both.  For more information call the Center for Smoking Cessation at Seton Health at: (518) 459-2550.