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!