The theme of the day was the “Settlement House Advantage”, addressing the innovative ways in which settlement houses help New York City’s residents. The conference offered 15 panels, with topics including: utilizing older adults as valuable resources, models for using arts and culture to build community, how to increase healthy food access, and running a successful capital campaign, and more. Calling upon the strength of the UNH network, all the panelists were settlement house staff, sharing strategies in community engagement and service delivery in all five boroughs.
A lunchtime session, “How Are We Doing: A Sneak Peek at Research Documenting the Settlement House Advantage”, introduced a unique collaboration between a working group of UNH member Associate Executive Directors and an external researcher, Dr. Mimi Abramovitz from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College to quantify the impact of settlement houses on their surrounding communities.
Nancy Wackstein, UNH Executive Director, said, “The impetus for all of us at UNH and for all of the volunteer panelists to come together for Settlement House Day was to do something that would give the staff of settlement houses, who work day in and day out in their communities, a sense that they are appreciated and that the work they do is extremely valuable.”
Special thanks to Aramark for graciously donating food and beverage for this event.