News from US: January

Jan 23, 2013 |

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Melissa Aase, ED


Meet Our New Executive Director!

The start of the new year brought US a new expanded executive structure. Longtime Settlement employee Melissa Aase has assumed the responsibility of Executive Director alongside CEO Michael Zisser. Melissa comes with a unique perspective on settlement houses and extensive experience in programming. Did you know that she started here by tackling tenant rights with Project Home? Get to know more about our passionate new ED below!


Q: What direction do you see the settlement house movement as a whole going in next?
A: Our model is smart in so many ways. The settlement house movement needs to honor our deep roots by harnessing our power in the current context. It's not only knowledge we have, but passion. Read more >


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    Hurricane Sandy



Rebuilding the LES

University Settlement staff members have strong ties to the Lower East Side - many grew up just around the corner! Together we witnessed Hurricane Sandy's destructive path come through our homes, community centers and schools. But those shocking initial days didn't stop our staff and volunteers from coming together to support our neighbors with food and supplies. And as many relief crews leave, our most important work begins as we unite with Project HOPE, a Crisis Counseling Program  that provides free, confidential support for those still feeling the effects of the storm. Trained crisis counselors are in the community to provide support, options and resources to help New Yorkers move forward after Hurricane Sandy. Read more >

Groundbreaking Multimedia Performance Debuts at US

Filmmaker Lynne Sachs' unique multimedia look at the "shift bed" phenomenon, in which struggling immigrants share rentals in 12-hour installments, debuted last month at US's Performance Project to great success. A combination live performance/documentary film, "Your Day is My Night" brough in 250 audience members - including many ESL students and seniors from the Settlement. Each performance featured talk backs with experts on immigration, housing and the power of education through the arts, including staff from our very own Project Home and the Tenement Museum. Stay tuned for details on the premiere of the feature-length documentary version in February. Read more in DNAinfo >

Stay tuned for more information on The Performance Project's upcoming season!


Spotlight on US: Holiday Celebrations


Kids Giving to Kids

Kids Giving to Kids
Early Childhood Center families enjoyed an evening of holiday decorating and music with the families of our Board of Directors. View more photos online >

Brooklyn Nets Christmas

A Very Nets Christmas
Youth from the Ingersoll Community Center spent Christmas at the new Barclays Center thanks to DYCD and The Nets! View more photos online >

Adult Literacy Holiday Party

Surprise Guests!
Check out the Adult Literacy students and teachers
celebrate the holidays in this festive video!



University Settlement: Then and Now

Brush up on your University Settlement trivia with this interesting read on the land that was donated to us in 1911 for our Beacon Summer Camp.

 Beacon Camp
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