Our History

Weston United Community Renewal Inc., history is inextricably linked with Harlem and its leaders, notably the members of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, the great house of worship that brought African-American professionals to Harlem over a century ago. St. Philip’s, a driving force, sponsored the LaFargue Clinic, the first mental health clinic in the world to serve people of color. It operated from the end of WWII until the 1960s when Elizabeth Bishop Davis, MD, a volunteer at the clinic and daughter of St. Philip’s rector at that time, became the first Chief of Psychiatry at Harlem Hospital.  She subsequently partnered with M. Moran Weston, PhD, by then rector of St. Philip’s.

Dr. Bishop Davis and Dr. Weston also joined forces with founding Board Members Courtney Brown , MSW, Robert Wynn and Edna ford, MSW in developing a supported housing project for the Hospital’s discharged psychiatric patients.

In 1985, Bishop House became a reality with the selection of its founding Executive Director, Jean Newburg, LCSW.  Ms. Newburg went on to become,  CEO of Weston United, until June, 2016.   In 1990, Patricia Bacchus, LCSW joined the staff, swiftly rising through the ranks of Weston programs to become its Chief Operating Officer (COO), a position to which she continues to embody Weston’s founders legacy to serving the community every day.

Weston United has expanded dramatically over the years to meet the community’s growing needs, ultimately serving the Harlem and Bronx communities with mental health programs and services tailored to serve the City’s homeless. A Supported Housing Program made it possible to locate and provide apartments in rental units located in upper Manhattan and the Bronx. Social workers, psychiatrists and nurses devoted themselves to an ambitious outreach program — shepherding services directly to those in greatest need.

Today, Weston United has affiliated with The Bridge, Inc. and the two agencies combined serve nearly 3,000 of the most vulnerable New Yorkers. Weston United remains committed to the founders’ belief that by helping those with the least among us we do the most for our community.