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HOPE & RESILIENCE ON THE COVID FRONTLINES

In spring 2020, Henry Street Settlement pivoted practically overnight.

Frontline workers created new programs in response to sudden community needs, while managing their own fears and losses. The Settlement established three food pantries, a helpline, and emergency cash assistance, while maintaining existing programs and working to keep its team and community safe. Many interview subjects also address the turning point in Black Lives Matter activism amid the June 2020 protests, particularly in the context of racial disparities exacerbated by the pandemic.

Read and listen to the interviews below to hear our stories.

  • Cindy Singh

    Director, Senior Services

    5.26.20

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  • Connie Mendez

    Director, Jobs Plus

    7.22.20

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  • Tyler Diaz

    Education Mgr., Abrons Arts Center

    6.8.20

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  • David Garza

    President & CEO

    8.20.20

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  • Debbie Cox

    Dir., Community Engagement

    5.17.20

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  • Diana Gutierrez

    Artist, Community Resident

    7.14.20

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  • Emily Johnson

    Artist, Community Resident

    7.15.20

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  • Jon Harper

    Managing Dir., Abrons Arts Center

    11.5.20

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  • Ramon Vargas

    Facilities Manager

    8.31.20

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  • Raihana Bosse

    Director, Urban Family Center

    7.9.20

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  • Dan Parker

    Social Worker & Psychotherapist

    8.24.20

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  • Matthew Phifer

    VP, Education & Employment

    12.9.20

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  • Carlos Montanez

    Program Mgr., Community Response Team

    6.24.20

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A special thanks is dedicated to...

A special thank you to interviewer and project producer Julie Beth Napolin, PhD, associate professor in the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School. Interviews were also conducted by Sylvie Douglis, producer of the NPR Life Kit podcast, and Katie Vogel, public historian for Henry Street Settlement. Many thanks to editor Ben Williams. Additional editing was done by Zoey Greenwald and Vic Walsh, students at Eugene Lang College.
Directed by Katie Vogel
Photographs by Marion Aguas
*with the exception of Emily Johnson and Carlos Montanez
Learn more about the project here.
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