Since moving to Albany in 2000, Rev. Joyce Hartwell, an ordained interfaith minister, has put a great deal of time and energy into planning and developing the Artists All-Faith Center and New Age Cabaret, formerly located at 453 N. Pearl St., Albany, as a drug-, alcohol-, and smoke-free establishment ("because we love you," reads a sign near the entryway) dedicated to community awareness and education in arts, religion, and heritage. Plans for the center, include a proposed theater,meeting spaceÂ and an outdoor arts and crafts market. "Part of my business plan is to help people micro-enterprise businesses, particularly those who might have been arrested and went into recovery," she said. "That's what I did in the city."
Rev. Hartwell ran the All-Crafts Center in New York City, the first home for Narcotics Anonymous in the Northeast, for 25 years before moving to Albany. The center began as the Lady Carpenter Institute, teaching women construction skills and evolved into the All-Crafts Center. The center averaged 43,000 visits a year to the 50 sobriety meetings it offered each week; 49 were for Narcotics Anonymous, and one for Alcoholics Anonymous. Weekly, about 650 people visited the Imami Cafe, a club for those in 12-step programs. Over the years there were over 15,000 people sheltered there and then placed into treatment.
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