718 585-5544 info@sachr.org

      St. Ann's Corner of Harm Reduction

      Helping drug users help themselves since 1990

      For almost three decades, St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction (SACHR) has been meeting drug users where they are: on the streets and actively engaged in high-risk lifestyles or within the center, where they seek an individualized and comprehensive cluster of healing services.

      Joyce A. Rivera

      Founder and Executive Director

      The Challenge

      Within homes and among the homeless, more and more people are turning to drugs, alcohol and other unhealthy behaviors to relieve fear and anxiety. Addiction and dangerous lifestyle choices lead to a vicious cycle of personal and social injury. Traditional treatment programs view addiction as a disease. They demand abstinence and, as a result, reach only a fraction of addicted users – a mere 20%. The result: many who seek treatment are met with stigma and leave with shame.

      A Haven for Healing

      We invest in our community’s well being by offering a sanctuary to anyone who needs a healthy place – for a minute or for months. Our harm reduction philosophy is rooted in the practical and proven approach of meeting people on their own turf, on their own terms.

      Our services seek to restore each participant’s basic human dignity and are offered free and anonymously to everyone. We measure our progress by the steady steps our participants take to regain their lives, health and self-respect. In our practice, healing is a process, not a destination.

      A Positive Community Force

      Our efforts combine HIV testing, HEP-C testing, needle exchange, mental health counseling, and other harm reduction and healthcare services within a true continuum of care. These services offer a unique combination of programs and solutions to improve health, well-being, and re-integration into the community. We also provide free benefits screening for participants who would like to see if they qualify for support resources

      Hours of Operation

       Monday: 9 am – 5 pm

      Tuesday: 9 am – 5 pm

      Wednesday: 9 am – 5 pm

      Thursday: 12 pm – 6:30 pm

      Friday: 9 am – 5 pm

      We are closed on the weekend and during select holidays, please click here for details.

      Overdose Prevention

      We provide free Narcan kits and training to individuals and organizations. Narcan, also known as Naloxone, is a drug that reverses the effects of opioids and can stop an overdose in its tracks. Register today to receive a Narcan kit as well as detailed instructions in its use. Remember that prescription opioid users as well as injection opioid users are at risk for overdosing. If opioids are in your house, Narcan should be too.

      Outreach Services

      Every week we set up outreach locations to bring our services and resources to those in need. Maintaining a presence on the streets allows us to meet people where they are, and to raise awareness about our harm reduction services. From syringe access to HIV/HCV testing, safer sex materials to PEP/PREP counseling, we are there at the following times and locations:

      139th St. and St. Ann’s Ave: Tues: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at 139th Fri: 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm at 139th 

      148th St. and Bergen Ave: Fri: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm