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Lighting The Way

2018 Annual Report

Board of Directors Kenneth M. Kramer Board Chair and President Elizabeth P. Munson Vice President and Secretary Deborah B. Snyder Vice President Gail Coleman Treasurer Tammi T. Butler Helen Cheng Carl Contiguglia Robert C. Daum Robert Dinerstein Karen Dyer Molly Epstein George Evans Mariela Flores Dominic Freud Daniel Gutzmore Julia Hilbert Julia Kahr E. Peter Krulewitch Robert J. Lisi Malcolm MacKay Stephen S. Madsen Kenneth Munoz Kimberly Mustin James Pickman William D. Rogers David M. Rubin Claudia Steer J. Frederick Stillman III Heidi A. Tallentire Jennifer M. Wallace Susan Webster Diana Nouri Director Emeritus *As of June 2019

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A Message From Our CEO & Board Chair It is now more important than ever that all of New York City’s children and families have a chance at a bright future. At Sheltering Arms, we have the responsibility and privilege to be there when families need us and to help the light way. In a year marked by a number of legislative and societal challenges, Sheltering Arms programs impacted the communities we serve in profound ways. Our maternal and child health programs increased their capacity to support new mothers for years to come, we are the lead organization for the Jamaica Community Partnership Program, and children enrolled in our early childhood education programs continue to exceed learning expectations as they prepare for kindergarten. To further address the effects of social, racial, and gender inequity in New York City, we engaged our youth and our staff in social justice issues through a youth corps and staff committee focused on bringing these issues to the forefront of everything we do. After marching together, rallying on the steps of City Hall, writing letters to Mayor de Blasio, and testifying to City Council to fight for our early childhood educators, one of our proudest moments this year came when the first step toward salary parity was finally set for those who are invaluable to the success of future generations. Our Strategic Plan, adopted in 2017, continues to guide our decisionmaking on the path to success for those we serve. In this report, you will learn how Sheltering Arms – with the dedication and support of our staff, Board of Directors, private and public funders, and community partners – is lighting the way toward brighter futures for New York City’s children and families.

Elizabeth McCarthy Chief Executive Officer

Kenneth M. Kramer Board Chair and President



Our Mission At Sheltering Arms, our goal is to foster a society where every child and family we serve will have the opportunity to succeed and thrive. We address the effects of social inequity in the most challenged communities in New York City. Our innovative programs and compassionate services measurably enhance the education, well-being, and development of children, their families, and communities. We have maintained an unwavering commitment to our mission since 1831.

Core Values Integrity is a personal and professional commitment to be accountable for our words and actions. This means being honest, transparent, and responsive to the needs and challenges presented in our work. Acting with integrity is essential to make an effective impact in the lives of the children, youth, and families we help across NYC. Justice is actively working with our communities to overcome social inequities. This means seeking what is right, just, and fair and ensuring the children, youth, and families we help have access to the resources and opportunities needed to grow and thrive. Compassion is showing care and concern for all people despite differences in race, gender, religion, or culture. This means showing respect and having a desire to understand the unique challenges, hardships, and experiences our clients face in order to help our clients and communities take steps toward positive change. Excellence is delivering high quality services and programs that lead the industry. This means setting and achieving bold goals, empowering staff, and working together across the organization to go above and beyond to help our clients. Optimism is key to our ability to effect positive change while helping our clients and communities become more resilient, connected, and successful in the long-term. This means we join together, collaborate, and find solutions to the “grand challenges� of our time. With optimism, we build a brighter future for now and generations to come.

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Spotlight on Education Early Childhood Education The seeds of future success and a love of learning are planted in children’s earliest days. Sheltering Arms begins serving our city’s children from the moment they are born. Our dedicated teachers, family service workers, therapists, and specialists guide children through hands-on learning activities and open their eyes to new worlds, such as music and visual arts. Children gain the foundational literacy, math, and cognitive skills needed to thrive in kindergarten and beyond. Recently, our ECE staff received Trauma Smart training. Our programs were chosen by New York City to participate in this specialized training to teach staff how to identify and help children and families experiencing trauma. In fiscal year 2020, this training will also be offered to parents.

Sheltering Arms Children Exceeding Expectations

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Afterschool Sheltering Arms Afterschool programs provide safe environments for over 1,200 elementary and middle school students to engage in projectbased learning, character development, and educational trips and opportunities, such as: • • • • •

Visual Arts Projects STEM Activities Leadership Development Career Days Cultural Field Trips

Our goal is to help students realize their potential, introduce them to new experiences, and create future leaders. Strong partnerships with public schools enable collaboration, problem solving, higher attendance rates, and an improved educational experience for students.

← Our newest program at MS 898 - The Brooklyn Green School - was awarded Community Partner of the Year, an annual award presented by Brooklyn Community Board 3. ←

PS 105 won Best MicroSociety on the East Coast, an award they have won five times. The MicroSociety model prepares students for the world by allowing them to build their own community structure inside the classroom.



Spotlight on Youth Services Disconnected Youth Sheltering Arms addresses youth homelessness by providing a safe, affirming space for youth who are currently homeless or at risk of homelessness. With two drop-in centers including one newly expanded in Far Rockaway, a short-term crisis shelter, and two residences, our unique continuum of services provides trauma-informed, youthcentered solutions. We equip youth with resources to establish stability and achieve their goals. Beyond addressing their most pressing needs (e.g. connections to stable, permanent housing), we cultivate their skills and interests by providing opportunities to explore them. From life skills and education to work readiness and civic leadership, we are positioning youth for success as healthy adults and strong leaders.



of formerly homeless youth were connected to stable, permanent housing.

youth are helped annually by the Jamaica Drop-In Center, more than triple the number of youth served only two years ago.

Juvenile Justice Youth in the juvenile justice system can be subject to stress and trauma that can have long-lasting effects. Our programs aim to prevent this trauma, reduce recidivism, and equip youth with skills for improved decision making with a modern, multi-disciplinary approach. Centered on targeted mental health support and community involvement, the programs provide resources for youth to grow and discover their potential. Use of the evidence-based Integrated Treatment Model (ITM) was expanded across our programs in the past year. Under the ITM, youth learn and practice skillful behavior to prepare them for a successful return to the community. Nearly 70 families also received MultiSystemic Therapy last year, our model of aftercare for families whose teen is returning home from the juvenile justice system.

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Sheltering Arms participated as a Summer Youth Employment Program last year, offering on-site job opportunities and valuable work experience to youth from our juvenile justice program.




Spotlight on Mental Health Mental Health Mental illness affects one in every four Americans, and the rate can be twice as high in the communities we serve. Exposure to high stress and trauma can alter brain development, cut lives short, and trap families in a cycle of poverty. As pioneers of mental health care, we leverage innovative solutions to strengthen mental wellness for New York City’s most vulnerable, placing them on track to beat the odds. Sheltering Arms provides services including a family reunification support group, infant and toddler trauma therapy, mental health support in elementary and middle schools, our signature “Seen and Heard” program funded by the Child Welfare Fund for children ages 0-5, and four mental health clinics across the city. We recently introduced in-home services to expand our reach and ensure everyone has access to this support.

Sheltering Arms Children and Family Counseling Center will soon be opened in the Bronx, our fourth mental health clinic in New York City.

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Spotlight on Child Welfare & Family Well-Being Family Preservation Sheltering Arms Preventive programs work to prevent children from being placed out of their homes by addressing issues of safety and risk for children, strengthening parenting skills, improving family communication, and helping families achieve their goals. Services offered include evidence-based therapy, counseling, skills training, support groups, and domestic violence services as well as advocacy for educational, medical, and housing needs.

Foster Care and Adoption When children cannot safely remain at home, Sheltering Arms finds them homes with foster or adoptive families, or group homes. When possible, children are placed in homes with family members and this year Sheltering Arms placed a higher number of children in kinship care than previous years. Research shows that kinship placements reduce trauma, improve mental well-being, and increase the likelihood of permanency. In 2018, we were proud to launch foster home clusters with support from the NYCT Foster Care Excellence Fund. Led by a designated primary support foster parent, each cluster consists of 4-6 families who support each other, participate in monthly events, and recruit additional foster families. These clusters help to create the best possible foster homes for the children in the care of Sheltering Arms. Sidney West, Foster Care Preparing Youth for Adulthood Coordinator, was recognized by the Columbia University School of Social Work for her work supporting career readiness for youth in foster care.

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Maternal Child Health Our Maternal Child Health programs support parents even before their children are born. We empower parents with skills and resources for healthy child development, school readiness, and social and emotional growth through bonding and attachment. Our programs offer prenatal and postnatal care, health insurance assistance, baby supplies, mental health counseling, early intervention, connection to WIC & SNAP services, back to work/school workshops, housing, food pantries, domestic violence services, and more. Circle of Strength, our stress and trauma program, doubled its participant capacity for the next three years. Approximately 90% of participants show a decrease in symptoms after completing the program.

The Healthy Start program, which addresses infant mortality in communities with the highest need through critical services and support, and was approved by New York City for another five years of serving the community.

We received two grants from March of Dimes to improve birth outcomes in Queens.



Spotlight on Community Well-Being Developmental Disabilities Services Six residences and two day habilitation programs provide individualized, community-based support focused on improving skills and maintaining physical and emotional well-being. Our program is based on the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve their functional, social, and intellectual potential. Community involvement is a central component of our program. Residents shop at their local grocery stores, spend time at neighborhood parks, and participate in community events. Our residences are safe and warm environments where residents benefit from group activities, such as family dinners and game nights, as well as personal space in their rooms that they decorate to their tastes and preferences. Day habilitation gives residents the opportunity to take steps toward personal goals through skill-building and socialization activities. “I have adjusted well to my new home. In the house, I assist with light chores and participate in group activities. The staff have helped me a lot. I like that they listen to me, understand my needs, and have introduced me to different activities that I now enjoy.� - Derek, New Community Member

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Rock Safe Streets When asked what a safe community would feel like, children in our communities say they would not be afraid to play in the park. While some neighborhoods may take safety for granted, others are regularly impacted by gun violence. Rock Safe Streets is turning the tide against this violence in Far Rockaway - a neighborhood deeply affected by gun violence - through prevention, treatment for trauma, advocacy, education, and pathways to stronger, safer communities for all.

391 Days - The Far Rockaway community recently celebrated 391 days without a shooting.

“What will you do to stop gun violence in your community?� - Rock Safe Streets joined other NYC organizations during Gun Violence Awareness Month to continue this citywide conversation.



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Grants, Contributions & Special Events



Service Fees



Government Grants, Contracts & Support



Medicaid & Health Related Income



Other Revenue



Investment Return Used for Operations





Foster Care



Residential Group Homes



Developmental Disabilities Services



Early Childhood Education



Health, Preventive, Youth and Education Programs









Total Support Services



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TOTAL PROGRAM EXPENSES   SUPPORT SERVICES EXPENSES   Management & General Fundraising & Public Relations


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2017 - 2018 Donors $100,000 & Higher Child Welfare Fund The Clark Foundation Macquarie Group New York Community Trust NYCT Foster Care Excellence Fund The Pinkerton Foundation Robin Hood Foundation The Tiger Foundation Viking Global Foundation Inc.

$10,000 - $24,999 con’t Kenneth and Maryann Munoz Elizabeth Munson and Robert L. von Stade Kim and John Mustin Diana C. Nouri OppenheimerFunds David Rubin and Kay Unger J. Frederick Stillman III and Debra Stillman

$25,000 - $99,999 Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation Gail Coleman and Saul Kupferberg Matthew Conlin Robert C. Dinerstein George and Tonya Evans Fund for the City of New York MAC AIDS Fund Morgan Stanley Foundation Jim and Liz Pickman PwC LLP Ryan Schulke and Sandy Inn-Schulke Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP Deborah Snyder and James Platt van Ameringen Foundation Peter and Jennie Wallace Susan and Carl Webster

$2,500 - $9,999 A R Brooks FBO ASPCA ETAL Emily Alejos and Aaron Finkel BenefitMall Berenberg Bank The Blackstone Charitable Foundation Rob Carroll Charles S. Keene Foundation Trust UA Helen Cheng Sam Dennis Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation Dorfman Abrams Music, LLC Exane BNP Paribas Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies Kristie Feinberg First Republic Bank James Fosina Kenrick Fraser GFP Real Estate Daniel Gutzmore and Mia Rose Lance Hemenway Joshua Herrenkohl and Joy Kilpatrick Monica Holland Honig Conte Porrino Insurance Agency, Inc. Houlihan Lokey, Inc. HSBC Lori Hunter The Hyde and Watson Foundation J. C. Foundation, Inc. Leibowitz & Greenway Family Charitable Trust Foundation Leland Trust for Charitable Purposes Edgar Lewandowski Liberum Captial Inc. Louis Messer and Helen Messer Charitable Foundation

$10,000 - $24,999 AllianceBernstein L.P. Carl and Caroline Contiguglia Credit Suisse Americas Foundation Robert and Julie Daum Deloitte Services LP Donnelley Financial Solutions ExpandED Schools Robert and Linda Foran John Gilbert, Jr. Goldman Sachs & Co. Julia Kahr and Brian Colton KPMG LLP Ken and Susan Kramer E. Peter and Deborah Krulewitch The Kupferberg Foundation Stephen and Rebecca Madsen Midnight Mission Fund of The New York Community Trust Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

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$1,000 - $2,499 con’t Faughnan Financial Network, Inc. Danny Felter Evette Ferguson Devin Fitzgerald Thomas Flakstad Michael Flaum The Graham Company Patricia Hammes The Helene Marks Early Start Foundation Inc. Matt Henrici Bob Jenkins Pete Jones Anna Kelleher Daniel and Ellen Kramer Robert Lisi and Terina A. Golfinos Steven Lovell John A. Mackinnon James MacPherson Zubin Nagarvala Maria Niceta de Palazzi Peter and Katie O’Neill Hal Oral Sonny Palta Jason Pastrano Danny Regenstein Craig Rosenfeld

$2,500 - $9,999 con’t Malcolm and Julia MacKay Ellen Matson Matthijssen Business Systems Max and Selma Kupferberg Foundation Daniel Mendoza Mutual of America Stephen Powers Peremore LLC Brian Polovoy RBC Capital Markets Redburn Partners Matthew Rizzetta Rockefeller & Company, Inc. William D. Rogers Irina Savchuk Jonathan Schaffzin Matthew and Priyanka Schneider Alfred Stillman The Tuttleman Foundation UJA Federation Kyle Van Evra Veratad Technologies LLC Wells Fargo Neil Wilcox $1,000 - $2,499 John T. Andrews, Jr. and Elizabeth K. Lambert Andrew Au Benefitplan Manager Corp. George D. Benjamin BNY Mellon Corporation’s Community Partnership Michael Boghosian Bousquet Holstein PLLC Richard Bruno William Bultas Deepak Chakravarty Frank Ciuffo Steven Collins Comprehensive Health Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. Nina Eisenman Gregory Elbaum Estate of Dominick F. DeNardo Donald Faughnan

Luis Ruelas SBG Media Chris Schoewe Michael Semira Michael Sheibar Mohit Singla Mohan Sivaloganathan Craig Swerdloff H. Craig and Lora Beth Treiber Two Sigma Investments Anna Van Evra Webster Lock & Hardware Susan Weiner Scott Wilson Harrison Wise Kristen Wolf James Wong Zeeto As of 6/30/18 19


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