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The NY Times: Albany Budget Cuts Imperil Senior Centers, City Warns

Thursday, March 03, 2011

40% of the senior center system may be at risk of shutting down due to an approximately $25 million budget cut being debated in Albany.

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Junior Board Career Panel, March 2011

Thursday, March 03, 2011

UNH's Junior Board took part in a career panel for young people at UNH Member Henry Street Settlement (HSS) on March 2nd. UNH Board member Nelson Hioe expressed the purpose of the panel best when he said, "Life is a lot harder when you walk alone."

The goal was to connect young people enrolled in HSS programs with successful young adults who might be able to offer advice or constructive assistance along their paths to adulthood. "College is your silver bullet," Ramik Williams told the group as he shared his own experience of being the first person from his family to graduate from college.

 UNH Junior Board Career Panel

The Junior Board will be holding similar career panels for young people at other UNH Member agencies. If you are interested in joining a panel or learning more about the Junior Board, please reach out to Jesel Roosevelt at jroosevelt@unhny.org 

 See photos from the career panel at  www.facebook.com/unhny 

NYNP: Shock...but No Awe: Reaction to Mayor's Preliminary Budget

Friday, February 18, 2011

Advocates of child care and senior center programs respond to the budget cut of at least $370 million to a variety of human service programs in New York City.

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Downtown Express Covers UNH's Night of Recognition for Senator Squadron

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New York State Senator Dan Squadron honored by United Neighborhood HousesLast week NY State Senator Daniel Squadron was recognized by United Neighborhood Houses, a non-profit organization that promotes and advocates for settlement housing communities throughout New York City.

 As the inaugural recipient of the Settlement House Champion Award, Squadron was honored specifically for his role in securing $9 million in state funding for settlement house programs and for his overall dedication to the issue since he arrived on the scene in Albany two years ago.

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Youth Action Day in Albany, March 2011

Saturday, February 05, 2011
As part of The Campaign for Summer Jobs, 300 young people traveled to Albany to advocate for the Summer Youth Employment Program in February. This is the 12th year UNH has held a Youth Action Day in Albany.

Youth Action Day in Albany

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver & youth advocates from UNH member agency Chinese-American Planning Council

In the picture, a group of young people meet with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Their presence in Albany called attention to the complete elimination of funding for the program in the State Budget. As always, this group of young people educated the legislators who attended their rally about the importance of SYEP through their own motivational speeches and this year also raised the roof with a song about summer jobs.

The Queens Courier: Tour of a Lifetime

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Citi Field Kids, a collaboration between the Mets, Citi, the Jackie Robinson Foundation and United Neighborhood Houses of New York, allows school-age children to get personal with the Mets and learn about the importance of working as a team.

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On Deck: Citi Field Kids, January 2010

Saturday, January 15, 2011
Citi Field Kids 2010

 On January 13, 2010,  Citi and the New York Mets held a press event at Citi Field to announce that Citi Field Kids, an educational and motivational program for youth at Citi Field, will continue in 2010, and that UNH and its member organizations will again participate in the program. Twenty-five teens from UNH member organizations were invited to attend the event, which included a tour of the team's clubhouse, batting cages, dugout, and other facilities led by several Mets players, including star third baseman David Wright. Last season, through Citi Field Kids, one thousand young people from UNH member organizations had the opportunity to attend a Mets home game, meet with current and former Mets players and team officials, and receive gift bags filled with school supplies and baseball memorabilia. (Click here to view pictures from the press event.)

The Village Voice's Thanksgiving Honor Roll 2010 praises UNH Executive Director, Nancy Wackstein, for her fight against poverty

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

 United Neighborhood Houses' Executive Director, Nancy Wackstein,  made The Village Voice's 2010 Honor Roll of New Yorkers deserving of a thank you:

 

Anti-Poverty Warrior

Nancy Wackstein says she feels "like an aging warrior," but we should all be as vigorous and perceptive as she is. She has been advocating on behalf of the poor since 1983, and if the problems haven't gone away, we can still be thankful that there are people like Wackstein who understand both the depth of the dilemma and the obstacles to the cure. She started out working for the Citizens' Committee for Children, analyzing the causes of the city's then-growing wave of homelessness. She spent her days in the deplorable old hotels like the Martinique in Herald Square, where families of four and more camped out in a single room. Later, she crossed over to government and served as the first director of the Office of Homelessness and SRO Housing under David Dinkins. She succeeded in moving families out of the squalid hotels, only to see a new wave take their place. Still, it was a brief era of peace between those fighting for more services and City Hall. After Dinkins, Wackstein moved on to run one of Manhattan's largest social service groups, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. In 2002, she became director of United Neighborhood Houses, the 90-year-old umbrella group representing the city's great settlement houses, the original refuges for the poor and needy. "We continue in the settlement house tradition," says Wackstein, "fighting for the people who have no influence and no affluence."

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UNH 2010 Benefit a Success

Thursday, November 11, 2010
United Neighborhood Houses 2010 BenefitUNH would like to thank all the wonderful supporters that made the UNH Benefit on November 8, 2010 a great success, raising almost $642,000 to help UNH to support settlement houses and New Yorkers in need throughout our great city. Special thanks to this year's New Yorkers Who Make a Difference: ARAMARK, Roger Juan Maldonado, Esq. and Mary Elizabeth Taylor Wohl, our emcee Michelle Yu (SNY), and our Golden Benefactors including Paul Balser and Paula DelNunzio, Citi, EmblemHealth, Ernst & Young LLP, Judy and Lew Kramer, Ruth and Sid Lapidus and Lois and Arthur Stainman and all those who supported and attended the special evening at Tribeca Rooftop.

A highlight of the event, attended by more than 325 supporters, were the words of honoree Beth Taylor, a longtime UNH Board member which reflected her experience with UNH member Goddard Riverside Community Center over the years:

....the formerly homeless man who didn't speak for years who participated in a theater group, the 100-year-old woman who lived in the residence for seniors....and was always the first to help prepare the holiday meals that Goddard serves to thousands, a former teen so withdrawn he refused to leave home but who was urged to go to college....and is now an astrophysicist with a doctorate from Princeton.

We thank you for your partnership as we work to strengthen New York City's neighborhoods at a very challenging time for those struggling to succeed.

New York Nonprofit Press Covers The Settlement Summit

Thursday, October 28, 2010

More than 650 people from across the nation and around the world came together in New York last month for The Settlement Summit, the largest gathering of settlement house workers ever assembled.

 

The event was jointly hosted by The International Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers (IFS), United Neighborhood Centers of America (UNCA), United Neighborhood Houses of New York (UNH) and University Settlement -- which was celebrating its 125th anniversary.

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