March 2015 E-Newsletter

Mar 6, 2015 |



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Facing Adversity with Love, Creativity and Strength

It's that time of year - budget season. The time when we find ourselves urging City and State leaders to prioritize funding for vital programs that impact our families and our communities. This year, we are fighting for rights of social justice workers; for the future of settlement houses; and for opportunity for all New Yorkers, young and old.

And as always – as a settlement house – while we fight for large-scale change at the societal and government level, we simultaneously provide the intimate, one-on-one support that our families and communities need in the moment. Especially now, in Fort Greene, where we recently lost a participant at our Ingersoll Community Center, the victim of a senseless shooting.

It can be hard to push forward in the wake of such tragedy – hard to make sense of the dissonance between budget discussions and the loss of a life. But the two situations are not so disconnected, and our work is required in both.

Read more about our response to this tragedy and the significance of the battles we continue to fight for the rights of all New Yorkers in a special blog by Executive Director Melissa Aase >


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Time is running out to make your voice count

Both New York City and New York State are on the verge of finalizing their budgets. We've worked to ensure that the final result has all New Yorkers' best interests in mind. As the deadlines near, we have only a short time left to make our voices count on several major issues that impact New Yorkers of all ages - issues that impact 60,000 children and families who rely on after-school, thousands of settlement house employees, and thousands of adults seeking educational opportunity in our city. Take action now on these critical issues > 

Announcing our 2015-2016 Artists-in-Residence

One of the greatest strengths we can offer to our community is creative opportunity. Art has long been a staple of who we are - with such greats as the Gershwin brothers taking piano lessons and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt teaching dance here, we continue to make history by taking performance art out into our neighborhoods. Our newest batch of artists-in-residence will be doing the same, not only presenting one-of-a-kind shows, but also engaging with those around US with critical community projects. Meet our artists-in-residence now >

Snapshots: Hammerstep at Ingersoll

Folk dancing, hip-hop and political messaging weaved together at a special event last month at Ingersoll Community Center. Check out the photos online now, and be sure to sign up for our Fresh in Brooklyn campaign to hear more about events like these in and around our Brooklyn sites!



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Love Is In the Air

As a belated Valentine to lift your spirit, we've got a special video to share. Media mavens at Mashable dropped by our Senior Center to interview some of our older adults about their first kiss - check out the sweet video now.

A special update from our internet stars to you - Nelly's first kiss is still around, and they say hello from time to time. Rosa's first kiss is alive and well in Puerto Rico. Best yet, Gladys' first kiss is not only around - he shows off to everyone (including his wife) that Gladys was his first kiss.



Get in Shape with the Houston Street Center

The Houston Street Center is launching another round of EmblemHealth Live Healthy classes, starting with a kickoff event on March 16. We'll have a press conference with a raffle and refreshments, followed by cardio kickboxing. Our free weekly zumba and kickboxing classes will be held until summer starts. View the schedule now >




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