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Henry Street’s Neighborhood Center Grows as a “First Responder”

Front desk worker Tracy Wong welcomes visitors to the neighborhood center. In 1854, the firehouse at 269 Henry Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan was home to Engine Company No. 6. The company’s first foreman (albeit in a different location) was the notorious William “Boss” Tweed. He was well known for getting his… Read More »

Boys & Girls Republic Elections Return

BGR elected officials being sworn in. There’s a new mayor in town, and on December 8, eighth grader Aedan Richards took his seat at the head of City Council flanked by two suave secret security officers. The mayor and newly elected council members met in the wood-paneled chambers at Henry Street’s Boys & Girls Republic—a… Read More »

Training Program Opens Door to a New World

Building Systems Automation Training program graduate Emmy Vega For Emmy Vega, signing up for the Building Systems Automation training program was “a leap and a shot in the dark.” The 23-year-old Bronx native had learned about the initiative—a partnership of Henry Street Settlement and Stacks+Joules— from a career development specialist at the organization The Door… Read More »

Briahna Davis Takes the On Ramp to Employment

Briahna Davis found a job at the Beanstalk Academy in Brooklyn, where she is now a full-time childcare provider. Interested young people are invited to apply for the upcoming ORO Bootcamp, running from November 29 to December 9, 2022. Click here to apply! Born in Harlem and the oldest of four siblings, Briahna Davis, 21,… Read More »

Brighten this Holiday Season for a Henry Streeter

Help Henry Street Settlement bring the joy and magic of the holiday season to thousands across the Lower East Side! Our goal for the 2022 Holiday Drive is to distribute 3,000 gifts to low-income families in our community. We’ve made it super easy with an Amazon gift registry that allows you to select gifts that… Read More »

The Art Show 2022 Benefit Preview is a Glorious Success

Above: A guest views an art piece. Photo by Deonté Lee for BFA. The Art Show 2022 Benefit Preview, Henry Street Settlement’s largest annual fundraiser, opened on Wednesday, November 2, welcoming more than 2,000 celebrities, philanthropists, long-time Settlement supporters, and Henry Street team members to the elegant Park Avenue Armory. Organized by the Art Dealers… Read More »

School Nursing Celebrates 120th Anniversary

More than 100 years ago, nursing pioneer and activist Lillian Wald, with her nurse colleagues, philanthropic partners, and others, set out to transform health care and create a network of social services for residents of New York City’s Lower East Side and, ultimately, the entire city. Today, one of Wald’s key innovations—school-based health services for… Read More »

November is Dementia Month: Resources

The Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street will host the Mercedes Healing Room—an exhibition and workshops for adults with dementia and their caregivers—from November 7 to 19, 2022. Learn more here: https://www.abronsartscenter.org/programs/oye-group-the-mercedes-healing-room Download the flyers here: English and Spanish Financial planning: https://www.alz.org/help-support/caregiving/financial-legal-planning Explains the benefits of financially planning for the challenges dementia will bring to… Read More »

COVID-19 Updates at Henry Street Settlement

Henry Street Settlement is pleased to launch “Hope & Resilience on the COVID Frontlines,” an oral history project, on our website, henrystreet.org/oralhistory. The project is the culmination of 30 oral history interviews with Henry Street frontline staff members, program participants, and neighborhood residents, recorded in spring and early summer 2020. During this period, Henry Street underwent… Read More »

Urban Family Center Celebrates 50 Years

A family of four in their Urban Family Center apartment in 1996. Photo: Ken Wittenberg. On Monday, October 3, 2022, Henry Street Settlement came together to celebrate 50 years of service at the Urban Family Center—the nation’s first apartment-style transitional shelter with onsite social services for families.  HISTORY In 1972 when UFC was founded, more… Read More »

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