Dear Friends --
Beginning tomorrow, all of us working to protect the most vulnerable are likely to face changes to policies and resources that will impact our work. With the transition to every new administration in Washington, D.C., New Yorkers are always affected by the change in leadership and direction.
Our organizations hold a unique place in the civic life of our city – we have never sat back and left leadership to others. We know we must pay careful attention to changes that may come and be prepared to raise our voice and take action to ensure that those with the fewest resources and the mightiest struggles are not left behind.
Together, we must lead.
In the coming months, you will hear from me, our Executive Directors Melissa Aase and Julie Shapiro, our Head of School Dr. Barbara McKeon, and our program staff about our perspectives on the most pressing issues facing vulnerable New Yorkers. We'll report from the front lines about how our participants' lives are actively affected by challenging issues of economic and social justice. We will let you know about our concerns, and our victories, and the role you can play to battle inequality, create opportunity, and affirm the dignity of all people.
Your voice is essential. Now, perhaps more than ever, it will be important for us to be in conversation with one another. We encourage you to engage with us using social media, over email, and in person as we debate the issues and recommend action.
Together, we will make a difference in the lives of the people we work with throughout New York City. Together, we will lead.
Yours in partnership,
CEO, University Settlement and The Door