“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 »

“Steadies” & “Crushes” Brings to Light Henry Street’s Queer History

Above: moderator Katie Vogel with panelists Blanche Wiesen Cook, Clare Coss, Salonee Bhaman, and Ain Gordon. Henry Street Settlement celebrated its queer history (just a bit past Pride Month, on July 18, 2019) with the panel discussion, “Steadies” and “Crushes.” Panelists Blanche Wiesen Cook, Clare Coss, Salonee Bhaman, and Ain Gordon joined moderator Katie Vogel,… Read More »

Explore Henry Street’s Queer History on July 18!

Henry Street Settlement will hold “Steadies” & “Crushes”: Interpreting Henry Street Settlement’s Queer History, a post-Pride panel discussion, on Thursday, July 18, 2019, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Settlement’s historic headquarters at 265 Henry Street on the Lower East Side (note, requires walking up one flight of stairs). Click here to RSVP online. Henry… Read More »

PATHS Infuses Abrons Arts Programming Through All Henry Street Programs

Above: dance teacher Sun Woo Park shows students how to move like a robot. Park’s class is organized through the Promoting the Arts Throughout Henry Street (PATHS) program that integrates the arts into every aspect of the Settlement’s vast network of social service programs in transitional and supportive housing, education and employment, and mental health… Read More »

Staffing Update—Q & A with David Garza

For this issue of Staffing Update, we talked with Henry Street Settlement’s President and CEO David Garza, whose experience and current role within the agency make him uniquely qualified to comment on the benefits—for both jobseekers and employers—of using employment services like Henry Street’s. When Garza came to the Settlement as a job developer in… Read More »

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