2015 annual report
He was the youngest in his class, so we thought he just needed more time adjusting to being away from me. But his teachers realized he might have additional needs. Joelle, the Disabilities Coordinator, was on our team from the start and never stopped advocating for Mateo.
- Josephine, mother to Mateo, age 3
I think it is important to ensure a safe space where LBGTQIA+ youth don't have to fight a part of who they are. It is hard to celebrate yourself if you are constantly told that a part of you is wrong. After being part of Project Speak Out Loud as a student, I knew the value of creating an inclusive and accepting community. I love that my first job out of college is here with Grand St. Settlement
- Jamie Popovics, Community Educator and Activity Specialist, Project Speak Out Loud
Growing old without my job and without my family was harder than I ever imagined. It was tough, but talking with a social worker felt good. She got me to join the Senior Volunteer Corps and now I visit other older adults so they don't have to feel that loneliness.
- Mario, Baruch Elder Services Team member, age 81
I moved here in 1984. I was a good chemist. I couldn't believe I could be laid off just like that. Unemployment ran out before I could get my feet under me. That's when I found Grand St. Settlement's Single Stop. They connected me with LESEN, a local employment network, and got me Medicaid and SNAP benefits. When they learned I had never applied for citizenship they got a lawyer to help me file. My life is going to be good again.
- Mr. C, Chemist, Father and Community Member