Grand St. Settlement Annual Report fiscal years 2017-2018

For over 100 years, we've been supporting communities and strengthening families on the Lower East Side and in Brooklyn.

This is what we're proud of in 2017 and 2018.

Message from Our Board President and Executive Director

Board President Kenneth W. Liebman
Executive Director Robert Cordero
Because of the hard work of the Grand St. Settlement family, 2017 and 2018 were milestone years for us. We are especially proud of the progress we have made.
We doubled our youth services in Brooklyn.
We launched a social enterprise, GrandLo Café, at Essex Crossing, in the Lower East Side.
We advocated for immigrant rights, as well as increased funding for public housing, early childhood, youth services, and senior wellness.

Our Team

Check out all of amazing staff at Staff Development Day at Williamsburg Community Center!

Youth and Community Development

3,000 hours of hands-on learning to 6,000 youth

9 out of 10 after school participants built tangible skills in leadership, problem-solving, and or STEM* skills

*Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Our professional development in Youth Leadership resulted in a staff retention rate of 85% compared to the national average of 57%

Early Childhood Programs

94% of 4-year-olds met or exceeded the developmental goals for their age by Kindergarten

104 children stepped up to Kindergarten this year

Grand Street's preschoolers with special needs exceed the national average in transitioning into general education by 2nd grade

Senior Programs

We served 36,318 healthy meals to seniors with an average daily attendance over 100

Seniors received 1,000+ hours of services to support healthier lives

287 seniors each month participated in our Tai-Chi class, proven to prevent falls among the elderly

Over 100 residents of our senior apartments improve their health and well-being through fitness classes and socialization groups

Single Stop | Entitlements & Benefits

Almost 300 households were connected to benefits like healthcare, childcare, housing, and nutrition assistance

Our families received no-cost financial advisement, legal services, and tax preparation services

We are a partner with LESEN, the Lower East Side Employment Network, which provides job training and placement to neighborhood residents


We advocated year-round on behalf of the 10,000 people we serve on the city, state, and federal levels

Essex Crossing

We are opening our Community Center to provide social services to seniors and afterschool programs for youth

Over 100 seniors now reside in affordable apartments at Essex Crossing

Our social enterprise, GrandLo Café, launched in March 2018 and provides valuable job training for youth in the community

Our café is available for special events. Every dollar goes towards the job training program

Our Financials

Grand St. Settlement is a solid investment. Our finances are stable. An independent audit demonstrates no material weaknesses and no internal financial control deficiencies. The audited financials below are for FY17 (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017) followed by unaudited financials for FY18 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018).

We will continue to invest in strengthening our services and advocacy with a focus on the people whom we serve.

Our Supporters

Our community comes together every year at Taste of the Lower East Side to eat well and give back. We raised more than $400,000 to support our programs on the Lower East Side and in Brooklyn.
We were excited when Nasdaq gave us a shoutout in Times Square in May 2018!

For more than 100 years, Grand St. Settlement has connected New Yorkers to opportunities that inspire, services that keep families strong, and programs that bring communities closer. Today, we serve over 10,000 people throughout the Lower East Side and Brooklyn. To learn more about us and to donate, visit grandsettlement.org.

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