2023 Annual Report

Our Impact in 2023

For 131 years, Henry Street Settlement has opened doors of opportunity to help our neighbors reach their full potential. Whether helping people find jobs, thrive in school, heal from trauma, explore their creativity, or so much more, Henry Street is here, opening doors and changing lives.


individuals reached by Henry Street

New Programs Deliver Results


the average wage earned by graduates of the Building Automation Systems training program working in the field


of 386 Abrons Arts Center students (48%) received financial assistance, including free tuition through the NYCHA Arts Initiative


participants received mental health care through new CONNECT support groups



participants nurtured academically and emotionally by early childhood education, afterschool, college prep, and psychosocial support

Employment Services


adult workers successfully connected with jobs, through workforce programs and the ACCES-VR vocational rehabilitation program

Visual & Performing Arts


people enriched by a performance at the Abrons Arts Center, more than half of whom received free or discount tickets

Transitional & Supportive Housing


families—including 343 individuals—placed into permanent housing

Health & Wellness


individuals served through mental health support, The Parent Center, benefits consultation, and community health outreach

Community Engagement


visitors captivated by The House on Henry Street permanent exhibition in our headquarters


participants experienced joy at outdoor community events 


Henry Street team members call the Lower East Side home, a testament to the settlement tradition of proximity to the community we serve

Every dollar you give opens doors for the people Henry Street serves.

Letter from the CEO & Board Co-Chairs

It is an honor to share with you Henry Street Settlement’s 2023 annual report. There is much to be proud of in the stories you’ll read here. Our work to expand adult and youth mental health care and to create access to jobs in the changing economy is coming to fruition, and we’re grateful to be able to provide caring services to our new migrant neighbors in programs across the Settlement.

The stories here shine a light on the meaningful work our team does to lift up our program participants, many of whom have a multigenerational connection to Henry Street. It is the highest possible acknowledgment of the consistency of our work when one generation says to the next, “Here’s what Henry Street did for me, and now the Settlement is still here for you.”

When our work is done responsibly and caringly, it draws on all channels of our humanity—emotional, physical, psychological, and even spiritual. It can be exhausting but also extremely rewarding to bring our whole selves to this work. Harnessing each of these levels of our humanity was essential when we received the heartbreaking news in early 2024 that our Urban Family Center—the nation’s first family homeless shelter—would be closed for much of the next year as NYCHA undertakes unavoidable repairs. At the same time, a long-awaited construction project to improve community accessibility to our Abrons Arts Center has begun. These are the cycles—and the unpredictability—that define human service work.

Our team’s ability to sustain care and create transformative opportunities for our community, regardless of the ups and downs around us, is possible only due to your loyal and generous support. Thank you for standing with Henry Street.

Peace. Health. Hope.

David Garza
President & CEO

Catherine Curley Lee

Ed Pallesen


A Year of Hope, Healing & Creativity

About the Artist: Myah Goris

Our youngest annual report cover designer, Myah Goris, 18, is a first-year student at Stonybrook University, enrolled in a multidisciplinary studies program, concentrating on biology, studio art, and environmental design. A year ago, as a participant in Henry Street’s Expanded Horizons College Access and Success Program, Myah came to the attention of the Abrons Arts Center team, who recognized her talent. For the cover of this report, she gravitated to bright, opaque colors—a departure from realism that she says makes each building unique—using Posca paint markers, watercolor markers, and acrylic paint. She worked on the artwork every Friday afternoon during her fall semester.

The Art Show and Kate Capshaw Exhibition Captivate Audiences

On Wednesday, November 1, thousands of artists, collectors, celebrities, philanthropists, and long-time Settlement supporters convened at the stunning Park Avenue Armory for the 35th edition of The Art Show Benefit Preview to experience 78 booths of historic and contemporary art. The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) presents The Art Show to benefit Henry Street every year, with support from the show's lead partner, AXA XL, a division of AXA Group. The 2023 Art Show raised more than $1.3 million for the Settlement’s work, thanks to the extraordinary generosity of our committees, co-chairs, sponsors and patrons, and the sale of an Henri Matisse drawing donated by our partners the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. 

In tandem with this year’s show, the Settlement and the ADAA embarked on an exciting collaboration with the artist Kate Capshaw, who in fall 2023 exhibited two new oil paintings she had created of individuals close to the Settlement and its programs. One of them, a vibrant portrait of Henry Street team member Toddrick Brockington, was featured at The Art Show. The other painting, featuring three brothers, Rashun, Jayden, and Jayvon, who have participated in multiple Henry Street programs, was part of a solo exhibition of Capshaw’s work, which ran from October 31 to November 19, 2023, at Henry Street’s Dale Jones Burch Neighborhood Center. The exhibition on Henry Street also featured a collection of portraits from Capshaw’s Unaccompanied series, which aims to raise awareness of homeless adolescents across the United States. 

Save the date: The next Art Show Benefit Preview takes place October 29, 2024.

Painting by Kate Capshaw

Artist Kate Capshaw’s painting of Henry Street’s credible messenger, Toddrick Brockington, was displayed at the Settlement in a portrait exhibition focused on homeless youth and others who have not been the traditional subjects of portraiture.

Toddrick Brockington, artist Kate Capshaw, and Henry Street president & CEO David Garza attend The Art Show.

Brothers and Henry Street participants Jayvon, Rashun, and Jayden were featured in Capshaw’s exhibition.

Sewing Teacher Ruth Taube Turns 100

Ruth Taube's birthday

Ruth Taube, Henry Street’s iconic sewing teacher, celebrated her 100th birthday in August 2023.

Henry Street on August 2, 2023, celebrated the 100th birthday of our beloved sewing teacher and Lower East Side icon, Ruth Taube. Ruth started teaching sewing classes at the Settlement in the early 1960s. She became director of the Home Planning Workshop in 1966 and stayed for 54 years, not only teaching sewing but overseeing a program that included shoe repair, furniture building, and television maintenance. As Ruth told The New York Times on her centennial birthday, “We sewed, we talked. Whatever your heart needed, you sat at that table, and your heart got back opinions and ideas. People coming in with a lot of unhappy feelings walked out with very good feelings.” 

Leadership Team Expands

This year, we grew our Leadership Team, the group of senior team members who guide strategic thinking and overall organizational direction at Henry Street, from 11 members to 15. This expansion ensures that our leadership accurately reflects Henry Street’s programmatic focus, experience, diversity, perspective, responsibility, and authority across the Settlement. It also recognizes the insight and contributions of our four new Leadership Team members.

Rihana Bosse

Raihana Bosse, VP, Transitional & Supportive Housing

Debbie Cox

Debbie Cox, VP, Integration & Community Engagement

Quanda Delande

Quanda Delande, VP, Transitional & Supportive Housing

Cindy Singh

Cindy Singh, VP, Older Adult Services

MTA President Visits Afterschool Program

Large group standing in a classroom

MTA President Richard Davey visits Henry Street’s afterschool program at P.S. 110.

On October 24, MTA President Richard Davey rode the H train—for Henry Street Settlement—to our afterschool program at P.S. 110 to greet fourth and fifth graders who were participating in the transit authority’s STEM education program. When he arrived, “President Richard” was presented with a mural made by the participants, with teaching artist Robin Hoodd. P.S. 110 is one of six schools where Henry Street’s energetic activity specialists provide a nurturing afterschool experience. Students learned about the science, technology, engineering, math—and art!—that keeps New Yorkers moving both underground and above.

CONNECT Support Groups Grow

Woman painting ceramics

Artist Nina Chong participates in a ceramics class, one of many CONNECT support groups at the Community Consultation Center.

It started with the Healthy Relationships group. Then came the Anger Management group. And, by the end of 2023, Henry Street’s CONNECT mental health program was offering nearly 20 weekly support groups. As the flexible CONNECT “clinic without walls” has expanded, so have the variety of topics addressed within these groups. CONNECT was created in 2022 with funding from the New York City Department of Health, as one way to address the profound mental health crisis in our community.  Several groups—including Chinese dancing and a Spanish health and wellness group—address the needs of Lower East Side residents of specific ethnicities. Others focus on relapse prevention, life skills, processing grief, resume building, meditation, and self-expression through art and music.

Abrons Presents Photoville, Objects of Permanence

In 2023, Abrons Arts Center celebrated the diverse history and worldwide impact of the Lower East Side in several well-received exhibitions. From June 3 to 30, Abrons presented noted street photographer Clayton Patterson’s photo mural Front Door: Residents and Writers as a part of the annual Photoville Festival. The exhibition was displayed on the exterior gates of LES Coleman Skate Park and the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Park and included rare selections from Patterson’s Front Door series, portraits taken in front of Patterson’s 161 Essex Street studio from the mid-1980s to early 2000s.

In collaboration with the Tenement Museum, Abrons also celebrated garment workers of the Lower East Side through Objects of Permanence, an installation curated by Mellány Sánchez. On view from September 6 to 14, during New York Fashion Week, the installation paid homage to the Lower East Side as a pioneer in the garment industry during the 20th century, and specifically to the thousands of immigrant garment workers whose labor played a pivotal role in making New York City a fashion capital of the world. The exhibition drew critical acclaim in The New York Times, Vogue, NY 1 News, and other outlets.

Billboard showing art

Clayton Patterson’s photo mural Front Door: Residents and Artists was displayed as part of Photoville outside of Martin Luther King Jr. Community Park. Photo: Frankie Tyska

Art installation

Abrons Arts Center featured the exhibition Objects of Permanence, curated by Mellány Sánchez—calling attention to the Lower East Side’s role as a pioneer in the garment industry. Photo: Olympia Shannon

New A.C.E.S. Department Encompasses Youth Enrichment Programming

Two people working at a restaurant kitchen

Edgar Bucheli and Ethan Ortiz whip up an omelet in an evening cooking class with Chef Rich.

Woman playing basketball

Janae Kellam stops at Henry Street between college and home—a two-hour commute—to shoot hoops at Henry Street.

A series of offerings at Henry Street, established to connect Lower East Side youth to recreation, community, and mental health support, has ballooned into a new programmatic area called A.C.E.S.: Athletics and Community Enrichment Services.

It began with a four-year grant that Henry Street received in 2022 from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development and NYCHA to begin the Teen Expansion Program, to address the social and emotional needs of youth on summer evenings in the wake of the pandemic. The program allowed Henry Street to keep two youth centers open until 11 p.m., filling those hours with classic programming like basketball as well as new classes in cooking, technology repair, dance, and more. More than 440 young people participated during 2023.

The program was so successful that, now, under the banner of A.C.E.S., Henry Street continues to build on it, offering both sports and recreation six nights a week at Boys & Girls Republic and 301 Henry Street. In 2023, the organization expanded its athletics offerings to younger participants, with free Saturday co-ed basketball and baseball clinics for children as young as three.

Advocating for What We Believe In

Henry Streeters hit the streets in 2023 to speak up about causes we care about. In May, 80 team members across our departments joined more than 6,000 human services workers outside of City Hall for a Day Without Human Services. It was part of the #JustPay campaign, a coalition of New York City government-funded human services organizations demanding higher wages (including cost-of-living adjustments) and improved working conditions for frontline workers.  In 2022, Henry Street increased its wage floor to $22/hour in recognition of the real cost of living in New York City. On December 5, 2023, the Settlement also reiterated its support of New York’s right to shelter law in a demonstration focused on the housing needs of new migrants.

Group of people holding a sign

Henry Streeters show up for fair wages at a #JustPay rally in May 2023. Photo: John Rossi 

Rambler Studios Seen on TV, at Artists’ Market

Woman modeling clothing

Henry Street has been the New York home of Rambler Studios—an Amsterdam-based creative incubator for youth to express themselves through street fashion—since 2020. During summer 2023, fashion design also became a job for 10 young designers, through New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program. The creators’ final fashion show was featured on NY1 News. In October, several of the Ramblers were invited to sell their wares at Williamsburg’s Artists & Fleas market.

In the studio, we all help each other,” said participant Sukilie Hughes. “We got to travel to Chanel and see the alterations floor. We met with Macy’s designers and saw the process of pattern making. These experiences were once-in-a-lifetime opportunities I got to share with my design partners.”

Rambler Studios participant Desire Ortiz shows off hand-designed and hand-made clothing at the summer fashion show. Photo: Rashawn Austin @sheshotyou.

Every dollar you give opens doors for the people Henry Street serves.

Man standing in a park, smiling

Transitional & Supportive Housing

Jerome Finds a Place of Permanence

Jerome Finds a Place of Permanence

I love the apartment so much....They offer every single thing here. It’s absolutely amazing.

Jerome Michael, 51, spent five years being passed from shelter to shelter. As a gay male survivor of domestic violence who suffers from severe depression, he struggled to live safely, until he found Henry Street’s Third Street Supportive Housing Residence.

Jerome had signs of mental illness from an early age, but he refused to seek help. Thirteen years ago, he lost his mother, with whom he was very close, and his depression became more pronounced. Then, he became involved with someone who became abusive when Jerome objected to his drug use. The abuse intensified until Jerome was able to escape. At times, he slept in parks and hotels because there were so few safe places for a single man to stay.

In early 2021, after a nearly three-year stay in a shelter, a worker told Jerome his time was up. But, she gave him a referral to Henry Street. “God was on my side that the place they showed me was secure and for people with mental issues,” he says of Henry Street’s Third Street Supportive Housing Residence. He moved in at the height of the pandemic.

Henry Street’s supportive housing residence comprises 52 studio apartments for single adults. Counseling is provided onsite, along with recreational activities like bingo, trivia, and movie nights. Jerome has also made friends in the building.

Man sitting on park bench

Jerome Michael has found a permanent home at the Third Street Supportive Housing Residence. Photos: Jeremy Weine

“I love the apartment so much,” he says of his light- and plant-filled space. “The staff call just to say hi. Then, they say that nothing’s wrong. Because when I answer the phone, I worry that I’m going wake up one day and it’s all going to be gone….They offer every single thing here. It’s absolutely amazing.”

When I’m here at school, I feel happy. I have so many people that really support me and are there for me.

Education Services

Finding Solace in a Community School

Finding Solace in a Community School

Nicole Satchell sums up her senior year with one word: bittersweet. A student at Orchard Collegiate Academy (OCA) on the Lower East Side, the 18-year-old finds solace in the community she has built there. “When I'm here at school, I feel happy. I have so many people that really support me and are there for me,” she says.

However, when Nicole began ninth grade during the pandemic, she wasn’t sure how she was going to get through high school. Being stuck in the house left her feeling isolated and numb. Nicole met Joelle Diaz, director of Henry Street Settlement’s community school partnership at OCA, in a weekly virtual stress-management group for students. For Joelle, letting Nicole give up on school was not an option.

Joelle helped Nicole articulate her emotions and taught her coping skills, making uncomfortable emotions more tolerable. Nicole also joined the Settlement’s Expanded Horizons College Access and Success program, found a part-time job through the Youth Opportunity Hub, and received additional mental health support from the School-Based Mental Health team. “Henry Street gave me an opportunity and saw the potential in me,” she says. “They see how much I'm worth.”

Community schools integrate community-based organizations into the fabric of public school life to address any barriers that interfere with students’ education. Since Henry Street partnered with OCA—at one point considered a failing school—graduation rates have soared from 40% to 90%, and enrollment has doubled.

Now, Nicole is letting herself experience both the sadness of leaving high school and the excitement of celebrating her accomplishments. “I never thought I was going to get to this moment. Walking across that stage after four years of working so hard...it’s like, ‘I did that.’”

Health & Wellness

Zyrina Draws Strength From Art

Zyrina Draws Strength From Art

I realized, I was telling my story through my artwork.

When Zyrina Berrocales was in tenth grade, the dean of her high school placed her into a ceramics class. He had noticed that she was often upset and thought it would help calm her down. In fact, wrestling with a hunk of clay turned out to be cathartic, as Zyrina shaped bowls, vases, and a candleholder that she still has.

Zyrina, 39, grew up in foster care, where she faced a series of traumatic experiences. By the age of 21, she was working temp jobs to support herself. Working with her hands gave her a distraction from her thoughts and a chance to feel productive. Yet, her struggles with anxiety, ADHD, and dyslexia made the workplace challenging, and she spent several years living in transitional housing with her two daughters.

When Zyrina’s younger daughter began showing signs of distress in school, a teacher referred her to Henry Street’s School-Based Mental Health Clinic at P.S. 142 on the Lower East Side. Seeing the shift that therapy had brought about in her daughter’s behavior got Zyrina thinking about mental health care for herself. “I didn’t want to do it, but I had been silently struggling,” she says. Meeting with Henry Street therapist Sammie Woo, she has been able to open up about her struggles.

One day, Zyrina saw a flyer for the Settlement’s ceramics group—a weekly art therapy class offered through the CONNECT mental health program in collaboration with the Abrons Arts Center PATHS initiative—and jumped at the chance to sign up. She then joined Self-Expression Through Art, led by CONNECT director Shanell Kitt. The latter group raises topics for discussion while participants paint, to help them cope with stressors and process past trauma. In December 2023, the group displayed their paintings at Henry Street’s Dale Jones Burch Neighborhood Center. As visitors came up to her to ask questions about her paintings, Zyrina says, “I realized, I was telling my story through my artwork.”

If I hadn’t met up with Jay, I don’t think I would have this job. Henry Street wrapped me in support.

Employment Services

Wrapped in Support After Incarceration

Wrapped in Support After Incarceration

Raised by his grandmother in the Jacob Riis Houses on the Lower East Side, Jason Batista, 37, had earned an associate degree at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and aspired to be a Nassau County police officer. 

But, in his early 20s, Jason experienced a tragic incident that sent his plans off course. On November 21, 2007, he was a passenger in a car whose driver, his good friend, had an altercation on the FDR. The other driver—an undercover police officer—shot Jason and killed his friend—both unarmed. 

The incident exacerbated Jason’s depression and anxiety. Fearful for his safety, he self-medicated to the point of alcohol and drug addiction. Several years later, he was pulled over with an unlicensed gun in his car. 

Taking a plea deal, Jason spent three years in prison. Released, but with few prospects for a job, he says, “That was a deep, dark time, but I kept pushing.”

Then, an ex-girlfriend told him about Henry Street’s employment services. Employment Coordinator Jay Koo helped Jason develop a resume, find a job in a hotel, and land several construction jobs. But, as he sought to use his college degree and advance in his career, his record got in the way. 

Employers in New York state can no longer ask whether a job applicant has been convicted of a felony. But, they can do a background check later in the hiring process. Jason lost dozens of promising job prospects.   

Man standing in front of a train

Jason Batista now works as an assistant conductor on Metro North’s Harlem, Hudson, and New Haven lines.

Jason had heard of the Certificate of Relief from Disabilities—a way to override his conviction in the job-search process. The certificate verifies the bearer’s good conduct and removes restrictions from certain jobs, but it wouldn’t be easy  to attain the certification. Jay Koo worked closely with Jason’s probation officer, and both submitted letters of advocacy to a judge, who issued the certificate.  

Jason applied for several jobs with the MTA, and one day he received an email offering him to take the assistant conductor test for Metro North. He passed the test and the background check, and now, after a five-month paid training program, he is an assistant conductor on three train lines, interacting with the public, operating doors, and lining up trains in the yard.

“If I hadn’t met up with Jay, I don’t think I would have this job,” Jason says. “Henry Street wrapped me in support.” 

Older Adult Services

Hung Ying Chan-Eng: Under a Caring Eye

Hung Ying Chan-Eng: Under a Watchful Eye

In the Chinese city of Taishan, in the province of Guangdong, Hung Ying Chan-Eng’s family used ration cards to obtain food, clothing, and other supplies. Living conditions were cramped, and scarcity was the norm. When relations between the United States and China opened in 1979, Mrs. Chan and her husband began exploring the opportunity to leave. It took them 12 years.

“We had no expectations,” she says in Cantonese, with her case manager, Hong Kit Chen, translating.

Arriving with her husband at age 48, Mrs. Chan found a job as an inspector in a garment factory. Though she didn’t make much money, her income combined with her husband’s allowed them to live much more comfortably than they had in China.

When Mr. Chan became a citizen, the couple brought their son, daughter, and grandchildren to the United States, and they moved into the Vladeck Houses on the Lower East Side. There, Mrs. Chan’s life changed again. First, she learned that Henry Street Settlement provided older adults living in the complex—a naturally occurring retirement community, or NORC—with social and nursing services. Second, she discovered her artistic talent through classes at the Older Adult Center.

Now 81, she's under the caring eye of Hong, who helps her complete the necessary renewals for public housing, food stamps, Medicaid, and Medicare and arranges apartment repairs. She spends time drawing every day at Henry Street’s Older Adult Center (steps from her apartment)—a habit that became an essential retreat when her husband died in 2019.

Mrs. Chan uses colored pencils and any paper she can find to explore her memories of China. Her delicate depictions of the mountains and streams of her hometown decorate the NORC office and are a source of comfort to her.

Woman making art

Mrs. Chan discovered her talent for drawing at Henry Street’s Older Adult Center.

It feels like coming full circle, giving back to the community that shaped me.

Visual & Performing Arts

Zack Cruz: Teaching His Passion

Zack Cruz: Teaching His Passion

When Zack Cruz was in elementary school, his mother signed him up for a musical theater class at Abrons Arts Center. At 11, he joined the Urban Youth Theater, which bridges the gap for low-income teens aspiring to careers in theater. Even though he was younger than the other participants, “They saw my passion early on and gave me the opportunity,” he says.

Zack Cruz teaches 13 weekly classes through the Abrons Arts Center, including at Henry Street's Early Childhood Education Center.

It was the arts center’s tuition-assistance program that made it possible, Zack says. “Growing up in Section 8 housing with a single mom, there were not many high-quality neighborhood resources like this to take arts classes.”

In the Urban Youth Theater, he learned playwriting, acting, directing, and theater tech, as well as “the importance of being on time, part of a cast, and the sacrifices needed for a career in the arts,” he says. It was his participation in the Rocksteady Crew, a breakdancing workshop at Abrons, that propelled Zack into the world of commercial dance. For the next decade, he lived and worked in L.A. and New York. An encounter in New York City with a former Abrons teacher inspired Zack to resume teaching classes at the center.

Now, Zack teaches 13 classes, six days a week, at Abrons and in local public schools as part of Promoting the Arts Throughout Henry Street (PATHS)—through which Abrons integrates teaching artists into schools on the Lower East Side and within Henry Street programs.

With breaking soon to become an official Olympic sport, Zack is introducing this art form to a new generation of children in the city that invented it. “At Abrons, I'm building connections with generations of local families I grew up alongside. It feels like coming full circle, giving back to the community that shaped me."

Health & Wellness

Nelson Holland: A Training Program Aids in Recovery

Nelson Holland: a Training Program Aids in Recovery

I’m more confident in myself. Now, I’m doing stuff on the job that I learned here.

As an ensign in the U.S. Navy during the 1980s, Nelson Holland, 61, was a specialist in radio communications. Based both on land and offshore for four years, he received and transcribed coded teletype messages from all over the world.

His early computer skills brought Nelson a series of jobs as an office assistant and mail clerk. More recently, he transported cars for Hertz Rent-A-Car. But in 2019, Nelson says, “I took a downfall.” His girlfriend of 15 years had died of breast cancer. “I was devastated. Lonely. Unhappy. I had done some drinking here and there but never abused it before. Things went out of hand.” His coworkers and family convinced him to enter a recovery program.

Nelson was still in treatment when he learned about Henry Street’s ACCES-VR Unlimited Computer Training program, which got him back on track to a career that he loves. Based at Henry Street’s Community Consultation Center, the program serves people with disabilities with a special focus on those with mental health diagnoses.

“The class was a big help in my recovery.” Nelson says. “Being around positive people really made it easier.”

His new skills helped Nelson secure his job at the New York City Sanitation Department, where, as an administrative assistant, he uses Excel and Outlook daily. Nelson’s bond with ACCES-VR remains strong, and his teacher, Khadijah Bouallou, sends him a Zoom link every day so that he can drop into a remote class whenever he has a question or just wants to visit.

“The transition to the workforce just made me happy,” he beams. “I’m more confident in myself. Now, I’m doing stuff on the job that I learned here.”  

Expanded Horizons Grads Come Home to Henry Street

Expanded Horizons Grads Come Home to Henry Street

Photo above, from left: Rebecca Simeon, Josephine Fernandez, Carlos Montanez, Kelly de la Torres, Antonio Rodriguez, Angel Tatis.

For more than 22 years, Henry Street’s Expanded Horizons College Access and Success program has guided high schoolers through the college-preparation process and then helped them navigate their college careers. Now, some of these outstanding graduate-leaders have found their way back to the Settlement, where they are serving in crucial roles. 

Raised by his mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother on the Lower East Side, Carlos Montañez, 31, sought out Expanded Horizons in 2009. The program prepared him for the college and financial aid applications and the interview process, he says. After a decade in television and radio news outside of the city, Carlos returned in 2020 to New York, where he was tapped to lead the newly formed Community COVID Response Team. Carlos continues to helm the renamed Community Response Team, which has become an ongoing youth development and community service program.

Kelly De La Torres, 31, became program director for Henry Street’s Job Essentials Training (JET) program in 2023. Introduced to Expanded Horizons by her high school guidance counselor, she earned a master’s degree in education in 2020. Kelly’s JET colleague Jaydee Sanchez, 27, came to Henry Street by way of her mother, a former senior case manager at the Workforce Development Center. Jaydee found her first job through Henry Street’s Summer Youth Employment Program, at 14, and joined Expanded Horizons the next year.

When Josephine Fernandez, 28, reached high school, her mom, a home attendant, couldn't afford SAT prep classes, so Josephine turned to Expanded Horizons. "It was like a village; they helped raise me," she says. Now a social worker, Josephine is the director of the community school that Henry Street co-runs with P.S./M.S. 188. Her colleague, Antonio Rodriguez, 29, also a graduate of the college-preparation program, is a social worker at the same community school. Angel Tatis, 25, has come full circle as a college success coordinator for Expanded Horizons, working with program graduates who are now attending college.

Every dollar you give opens doors for the people Henry Street serves.


Macy’s Shows How It’s Done

Volunteers from Macy’s gather in Martin Luther King Jr. Community Park, adjacent to Henry Street’s headquarters, after a day of providing service across the Settlement.

For more than four decades, colleague volunteers from Macy’s have served meals at Henry Street’s Older Adult Center, replanted gardens, led arts and outdoor play activities with Early Childhood Education tots, and more recently staffed booths at Community Day and helped organize the food pantry at the Community Consultation Center mental health clinic. In addition to giving thousands of hours of service, Macy’s has also been a long-time committed donor, bolstering and supporting the individuals and communities Henry Street serves.

As one of Henry Street’s longest serving and most dedicated partners, Macy’s illustrates how a company can engage with the Settlement in multifaceted ways, as it has since 1983.

“From building gingerbread houses with children in the afterschool programs to painting artists’ studios at the Abrons Arts Center, Macy’s volunteers are always there to lend a hand,” says Henry Street Director of Partnerships and Public Policy Erica Chung.

Over the past several years, the company’s engagement with Henry Street has grown deeper and richer, with Macy’s providing Henry Streeters with unique opportunities such as walking in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® and donating hundreds of flowers from the annual Macy’s Flower Show®. The company regularly gives needed clothing to participants and donates more than 1,000 toys to the annual Holiday Drive.

In addition, through its Mission Every One initiative, the company provided a generous grant to Rambler Studios, Henry Street’s fashion internship program for young people.

Thank you to Macy’s for your ongoing partnership and commitment to Henry Street’s mission!

The Ted Slavin Family Foundation Creates Youth Innovation Fund

Afterschool participants at Boys & Girls Republic are among many Henry Street youth to benefit from a gift from the Ted Slavin Family Foundation.

In 2023, Henry Street Settlement received a generous five-year gift from the Ted Slavin Family Foundation—a foundation that invests in health care, housing security, families and children, mental health, the arts, and Jewish life. The grant has enabled the Settlement to create the Ted Slavin Family Foundation Youth Innovation Fund, which will provide flexible support for young people across the agency’s programs and ensure Henry Street can help those in most need of our services.

The foundation is the living legacy of Ted Slavin, a Bronx native and grandson of immigrants, who founded U.S. Sales, one of the largest catalog businesses in the United States. “Our family recognizes that we have been blessed and are able to share our good fortune with those who need assistance to carry on,” he says.

Describing the foundation’s mission, trustee Matt Slavin says, “The word we use in our family is ‘access.’ If there are services we can help provide access to, that is what we want to do, whether it’s food, education, or the many types of youth services Henry Street provides.”

The Slavin family toured the agency with CEO David Garza and were “so impressed with everything we saw,” Matt says—"with how the services were provided and the community was impacted. It aligned perfectly with what we as a family believe in.”

Henry Street’s Boys & Girls Republic is the target of the first year of funding. The foundation was attracted to BGR’s promise that youth have a place to go whenever they need emotional help, in addition to offering athletics and enrichment, civic responsibility, and friendship. Ultimately, the Ted Slavin Family Foundation Youth Innovation Fund will support programming across the spectrum of early childhood education, mental health care, parenting classes, college access and success, young adult employment, and community engagement.

The two-year-old foundation aims to partner with organizations over time, because the trustees know that impact is made gradually. “Henry Street is the kind of place where everyone we met are people we want to work with on a personal level, and that speaks to who we are as a foundation,” Matt says.

Ways To Give: Open Doors. Change Lives.


Buy a brick in our historic firehouse—the Dale Jones Burch Neighborhood Center—for yourself or a loved one.


Engage your employer through matching gifts, special campaigns, and volunteerism.


Launch an online campaign to direct your birthday, wedding, or other special occasion gifts to Henry Street.


Leave your legacy and include Henry Street in your will or trust, impacting future generations.


Attend The Art Show, a celebrated art fair opening with a glamorous benefit preview on October 29, 2024.


Give through your Donor Advised Fund using our legal name Henry Street Settlement and Federal Tax ID Number 13-1562242.


Buy a brick in our historic firehouse—the Dale Jones Burch Neighborhood Center—for yourself or a loved one.


Engage your employer through matching gifts, special campaigns, and volunteerism.


Launch an online campaign to direct your birthday, wedding, or other special occasion gifts to Henry Street.


Leave your legacy and include Henry Street in your will or trust, impacting future generations.


Attend The Art Show, a celebrated art fair opening with a glamorous benefit preview on November 2, 2023.


Give through your Donor Advised Fund using our legal name Henry Street Settlement and Federal Tax ID Number 13-1562242.