Vivian W Kurutz_Headshot 2Morningsider is so inspired to celebrate the efforts of individuals to come together to build our beloved community.  In another powerful example of “crowd fundraising”, a new wellness startup, Harlem Wellness Center, recently completed the successful raise of $20,000 cover initial start up costs.

The creation of Harlem Wellness Center was a crisis that created an opportunity! Founding Director Vivian Kurutz has been providing wellness classes to the community at the New Song Community Corp. on Frederick Douglas Boulevard at 120th Street, which was scheduled for closing on June 28th.  Responding to a groundswell of support for continuing her service to the community, Ms. Kurutz came up with solution to launch her own wellness non-profit.

Showing true dedication, Ms. Kurutz launched a 30 day fundraiser on where she passionately explained her inspiration to create the Harlem Wellness Center: “For the past five years I have served as the founding director of a wellness initiative in Harlem, NY that addressed preventable diseases in the community. It is now time to enhance and expand upon those efforts.  I am a certified Personal Trainer, Lifestyle and Nutrition Coach, and Yoga Instructor with a liberal arts degree from Carroll University with a focus on theatre arts and foreign languages. I am currently pursuing an advanced degree for licensure in mental health counseling.  To execute HWC’s mission, I have cultivated a team of exceptional certified trainers and health and wellness practitioners with many years of experience providing quality health and wellness initiatives in Harlem and beyond.”

Now Harlem Wellness Center is positioned to achieve its mission to educate, motivate and support life-long healthy living practices in Harlem. HWC seeks to address the lack of access to affordable wellness initiatives that includes but are not limited to the following:

Affordable Fitness -Yoga • Pilates • Total Body Fitness • Zumba

Education  - Health Coaching • Cooking Demonstrations

Wellness Clinic – Acupuncture • Massage • Meditation

Workshops – Community Building • Wellness Retreats

Many people have asked if they can still donate to Harlem Wellness Center and the answer is YES! Although their indiegogo campaign has ended, you may make a donation directly on their site at as well as get updates on their launch.