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Early Childhood Center Appoints New Director

Breahna Watkins-Cole  Henry Street Settlement is delighted to introduce Breahna Watkins-Cole as the new director of its Early Childhood Education Center. Though she just arrived in April, she’s delighted that the children have already warmed up to her. “They walk past my desk and they know my name,” she says, “saying things like, ‘Hey Ms…. Read More »

Meals on Wheels Keeps the Huangs Nourished

The Huangs are able to continue to age safely and with dignity in their own homes with the support of Henry Street’s Meals on Wheels program. For many years, Bai He and Li He Huang walked the streets of Lower Manhattan from their high-rise on Fulton Street overlooking the East River to their beloved senior… Read More »

Energy Audit Team Works to Update the Energy Efficiency of Henry Street Buildings

Energy Audit participant Miles Petillo A group of young adults at Henry Street Settlement are learning life skills while helping the environment by conducting an energy audit of the organization’s headquarters. The team of interns is composed entirely of graduates of the Building Automation Systems Training program, a partnership with the organization Stacks+Joules, which has… Read More »

Korey Smith Sees a Path to a Happier Life

Korey Smith has felt meaningful and lasting effects to his mental health since joining the CONNECT program.  In January 2022, Korey Smith, 44, lost his mother—whom he considered his closest friend. They had lived together for most of his life, provided each other with emotional support and plenty of laughter, and were each other’s caretakers…. Read More »

Local High Schoolers Form Friendships at the Older Adult Center

Older Adult Center member Larry Hamilton gives volunteer Olivia Yim pointers during a billiards game.  It’s a chilly Sunday in February, but inside the Henry Street Settlement Older Adult Center Olivia Yim and Larry Hamilton are playing a spirited game of pool. “That’s a tough shot; let’s see what you’re gonna do with it!” teases… Read More »

One Flyer Changed Nick Sanchez’s Life

Stacks+Joules graduate Nick Sanchez at work Nick Sanchez, 30, grew up in a humble middle-income housing development long inhabited by immigrants and their descendants on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Now he works in gleaming, 50-story towers—modern high-rises whose complicated heating, cooling, and ventilation systems Nick maintains as a recent graduate of the Stacks+Joules… Read More »

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 »

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