BGR Needs You

Boys & Girls Republic (BGR) is a Henry Street Settlement youth community center that has served tens of thousands of Lower East Side young people since the 1930s. Located amid the Jacob Riis and Lillian Wald public housing complexes, it is a refuge, a place of growth, and a symbol of community connectedness. Our community… Read More »

Jobs Plus So Much More

Above: Kianna Flowers As a 10-year-old, Kianna Flowers took cooking lessons at Henry Street’s Boys & Girls Republic taught by local legends Debbie and Theresa Cox. “Their cooking helped to inspire the inner chef in me,” Flowers says. Fast forward to 2019: Flowers, now 27, is the sole weekday chef at the Kaplan House residential… Read More »

Dancing In The (Henry) Street at Community Day

Henry Street was alive with music, dancing, and the smells of delicious foods on Sunday, September 15, as more than 1,200 community members joined Henry Street and Visiting Nurse Service of New York for a joyous Community Day block party to celebrate our vibrant community. The party was the second-annual, after the hit celebration last… Read More »

Remembering Richard Abrons

A businessman, philanthropist, playwright, and author, Richard Abrons was one of the most important and beloved figures in the history of Henry Street Settlement. Richard’s extended family has been inextricably woven into the fabric of our community for 123 of our 126 years. To Henry Street Settlement, Richard was a dear friend—a board member for… Read More »

“Just Keep Going”: A Record-Breaking HSE Graduating Class Persists

HSE Program Coordinator Lisa Diomande addresses the crowd at Henry Street’s HSE Program Graduation, August 16, 2019. The road to a high school equivalency (HSE) diploma in New York state can be winding, often with a few stops along the way. Before even sitting down to take the expansive, two-day exam, students must prepare in… Read More »

Creating Objects—and a Sense of Peace—at the Community Consultation Center

Above: Community Consultation Center attendee Gina applying the fishing touches to her leaf vase. It’s a Wednesday afternoon at Henry Street’s Community Consultation Center, and everyone is preparing for an art exhibition to open August 14, 2019. Students are completing their ceramic masterpieces and making sure their art stands out. One participant, Laura Anne, shows… Read More »

Health in Action Brings Nursing Services to Area Seniors

Above: Franklin Hampton, RN, of the Health in Action program, pictured outside the NORC/Vladeck Cares offices.  Henry Street Settlement Senior Services and Betances Health Center have teamed up to launch Health in Action, a new program aimed to assist older adults on the Lower East Side with accessing medical care and resources to promote healthy,… Read More »

A Henry Streeter Saves a Life

Above: Fatima Youssef, 16, lifeguarding at Explorer Day Camp in Forest Hills, Queens When Fatima Youssef, at 16, finished her lifeguard training course, she wondered whether she’d be nervous in the event of a real rescue. Youssef found her answer on March 11, 2019, while lifeguarding at her high school pool. As one of four… Read More »

What to Do If ICE Shows Up

With the news this week that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attempted to gain entry to East New York WIN shelter, we wanted to share a set of resources from New York Lawyers for the Public Interest for nonprofits to ensure you are well equipped to handle interactions with ICE.  We want the Henry Street Settlement… Read More »

People’s Permit Process Lets Community Members Reclaim the Outdoors

Above: Shaheeda Yasmeen Smith Dancing in the street is among the greatest joys of summer, but Shaheeda Yasmeen Smith has seen too many parties ruined because the organizers didn’t know they needed a permit. “While you’re celebrating Grandmother’s 65th birthday, you definitely don’t want the police to come,” she says. But whether it’s a gathering… Read More »

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