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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.


Workshop Summaries and Panelist Bios

A. Developing Interagency Collaborations
B. Donor Centered Fundraising: Getting Personal
C. Immigrant Integration: Cultural, Educational and Legal Supports for the "Newest New Yorkers"
D. Innovative Approaches Combining Workforce Development and Individual Empowerment
E. Organizing Communities to Empower Children and Families
F. Settlement House Models for Using Arts and Culture to Build Community and Promote Talent
G. The Experience Dividend: Adults Age 55+, an Untapped Resources for Strengthening Our Communities and Agencies
H. Using Evidence-Based Practices in the Provision of Settlement House Senior Services
I. College Readiness Programs: Early Awareness to College Success
J. Embracing the Common Core: Strategies for Children and Adults
K. Making Workforce Development Work: An Examination of Strategies Across Various Population
L. Neighborhood Food Programs: How Your Organization Can Increase Healthy Food Access in Your Community
M. Running a Successful Capital Campaign
N. Settlement House Work as Human Rights Work
O. The Homelessness Continuum: From Prevention to Housing