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Settlement House Day

Friday, April 18, 2014

On Friday, April 11, United Neighborhood Houses (UNH) hosted the first-ever Settlement House Day, an all-day conference for staff from UNH’s 38 member agencies. Over 200 attendees convened at University Settlement’s Houston Street Center for workshops, panel discussions, and networking opportunities to help develop new skills and connect with the settlement house movement.

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.

Citi Supports UNH College Access Initiative

Friday, May 27, 2011
On May 26th, the OPTIONS program at UNH member Goddard Riverside Community Center held the final of two Culmination and Evaluation meetings for the UNH Strengthening Settlement House College Access Programs initiative.

With generous support from the Citi Foundation, staff of five UNH member agencies increased their capacity to provide effective college access services for low-income students through participation in the 60-hour Foundation and Framework for College Access Counseling Course.

Those agencies were CAMBA, The Educational Alliance, Grand Street Settlement, Henry Street Settlement and Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House. Participants will continue to build on their skills through peer learning activities facilitated by UNH.

UNH Members to Participate in IBM Technology Services Partnership Pilot

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
UNH members BronxWorks, St. Nick's Alliance, and University Settlement have been selected by IBM as project sites for the new Technology Services Partnership pilot. This pilot will focus on leveraging the latest technilogical advances in order to enhance each agency's client services and promote strategic planning and operational efficiency. At UNH's invitation, IBM presented information on the project to Executive Directors of UNH member organizations and asked interested organizations to apply to participate. After receiving many excellent applications, IBM chose BronxWorks, St. Nick's Alliance, and University Settlement based on their high level of interest in the project and their organizational commitment to enhancing human services with new technology. As part of the project, IBM will provide each organization with pro bono consulting services to help them create and implement technological solutions to meet their organizational needs. UNH will work with IBM to share lessons from the pilot project with all UNH members and the field.

NY Daily News: Cooking for Healthy Communities' program to train cooks at shelters, day cares, in nutrition

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
They soon may be sneaking cauliflower into the mashed potatoes and making barbecue sauce from scratch at city shelters, day cares and senior centers. Dozens of cooks began nutrition classes and hands-on training last week at a Long Island City industrial kitchen.

"When you use fresh ingredients, it's more exciting to work with," said John Graves, 61, who has cooked for kids at Mosholu Montefiore Community Center for decades. He said he gets bored making the same recipes over and over again on a four-week cycle - and wants the kids at his center to learn how to eat better.

 "I sit at home and watch the cooking channels to get ideas," he said. "My focus is on the younger ones. You can get them to eat more vegetables and things like that and then by the time they're five, they're not afraid of broccoli." The program, called Cooking for Healthy Communities, was developed by United Neighborhood Houses and will eventually extend to hundreds of cooks.

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UNH Professional Development Program for Senior Managers Holds Graduation

Thursday, July 01, 2010
A graduation ceremony for the participants in the UNH Professional Development Program for Senior Managers at Baruch College's School of Public Affairs (SPA) was held in February.  The 13-week program, a new partnership with CUNY's Baruch College, was designed to help UNH member agency executive staff strengthen their leadership skills and develop new management tools. Feedback from program participants highlighted the value of this learning experience, including the opportunity to build relationships with peers from other agencies. One senior manager commented, "It was great to compare notes with UNH colleagues.  It was reassuring to know that we share some of the same concerns and successes due to our involvement in the settlement house movement and UNH."

To learn more about UNH Professional Development Programs, please contact Ken Walters, Director of Member Services.