Thank you for joining us here, as we look back on an unprecedented year.
The ability to listen, to reflect, and to act is in Henry Street’s organizational DNA and deeply ingrained in the settlement house philosophy. When the pandemic hit in March 2020, the severity of the crisis required Henry Street to do all three simultaneously, as we reached out to the community to assess the most pressing needs and respond with compassion, competence, agility, and solutions.
Henry Street’s doors never closed, as our team provided extensive in-person and virtual programming to address multiple intertwined crises, while still offering seamless access to our core human services. We could not be more proud of the way our tremendously dedicated Board of Directors and our incredible team have responded. Above all, we wish to thank the hundreds of frontline workers who have served their participants with bravery and compassion, even while dealing with their own fear and loss.
Today, Henry Street’s core mission—helping people emerge from poverty and live more secure lives—is exactly what New York City needs to recover. As we prepare to provide the long-term support that our community needs, we are committed to addressing the persistent racism that has intensified the impact of the pandemic and created disproportionately unequal opportunities in communities of color.
We thank you for the support, confidence, and faith you’ve shown in our organization during this extraordinary time.
Justice. Peace. Health. Hope.