Well-known borough natives, including the actor Chazz Palminteri, are helping the museum target a constituency key to its future: former Bronxites.
Joshua Perry fell behind on paying his tuition and then his mother became ill, leading him to put his education on hold.
A man with a history of drug abuse and mental disorders lost his shared, illegally partitioned apartment during Hurricane Sandy, as well as his confidante and companion, a pet parrot.
Mr. Wilson, the founding partner of the firm Wilson & Associates, donated about $600 million to causes including environmental conservation and Roman Catholic education.
With plans to attend a prestigious school in New York, José del Carmen Arias’s life ground to a halt when his green card was confiscated after an extended stay in the Dominican Republic.
Last May, Robinette Christian, 64, lost her partner of 37 years, but even before the death, Ms. Christian had a tenuous grip on happiness.