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Letters from the Womxn of DEI at Henry Street

In honor of Women’s History Month 2021, Henry Street Settlement’s staff Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) committee put together this collection of virtual letters from some of the womxn of Henry Street, and we’re proud to share them with the world. Read on for stories, inspiration, and words of wisdom from a selection of Henry… Read More »

Solidarity With the Asian-American Community

Henry Street Settlement deplores the recent acts of racist violence and hate speech against our Asian and Asian-American community members in New York City and nationwide, including this week’s appalling mass killing in Atlanta. These crimes persist and have multiplied dramatically in tandem with the coronavirus pandemic, spurred on by racist, inflammatory language at the… Read More »

Henry Street Launches NY Project Hope Counseling Project

The COVID-19 crisis has brought untold emotional suffering, as people cope with loss of loved ones or their own illness, unemployment, and social isolation. Henry Street this March began an exciting collaboration with NY Project Hope, New York state’s crisis counseling response to help community members understand and cope with their reactions and emotions while… Read More »

COVID-19 Updates at Henry Street Settlement

Henry Street Settlement’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, beginning in early March 2020, has engaged every Henry Street program, every team member. Our 127-year-old blueprint for listening to our neighbors and taking action in times of need, and our dedicated and flexible team, have enabled us to pivot and create multiple new programs, while carrying… Read More »

COVID Vaccines: What New Yorkers Need to Know

Henry Street Settlement President & CEO David Garza receives the first dose of his vaccine at Betances Health Center on the Lower East Side. COVID vaccines are being rolled out in New York City, and it is predicted that the vaccine will be available to most New Yorkers by later this year. Henry Street Settlement… Read More »

Remembering Doris Bell-Francis

Doris Bell was born on June 7, 1963—one of six children of Alicia and the late Robert Bell. Her family, including brothers Derek and Eric, sisters Erma, Carina, and Desiree, six nieces and nephews, and three grand-nieces, was exceptionally close. Ten years ago, Doris married the love of her life, Clive “Carl” Francis, and gained… Read More »

A Sewing Class Sets Andres Biel on the Road to His Fashion Career

Andres Biel shows his recent designs—the Miami Lights fashion collection. As a high school student on the Lower East Side, Andres Biel felt disengaged from school. Though he had been inspired by one art teacher, little intrigued him except when he found himself sketching clothes in his spare time. He left school before graduating. During… Read More »

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