Governor Cuomo announced today that New York state has been awarded $5.4 million from the federal government through the AmeriCorps Program. The money will go to organizations that assist at-risk children, homebound seniors, low-income families, and struggling veterans across the state.
On the Lower East Side, one school and one not-for-profit social service provider are recipients. The Great Oaks Foundation was awarded $717,162 to “improve academic achievement” at Great Oaks Charter School, located at 38 Delancey St. The school has an existing AmeriCorps program to tutor students. Also, Grand Street Settlement received $231,133 to “improve academic achievement and economic opportunities” on the Lower East Side and in Brooklyn. Grand Street has been a longtime recipient of AmeriCorps funding.
The grants were awarded through a competitive application process. Each AmeriCorps member receives a scholarship at the conclusion of his/her service.
Grand St. Settlement is set to announce this morning the appointment of Robert Cordero as its new executive director. He comes to the large social service organization from BOOM!Health, a Bronx-based non-profit that provides health services in low-income communities.
“Robert is a true community leader whose vision and expertise have roots in the settlement house movement, said Grand St. Board President Sylvia Montero. “His vast experience in both city-wide and community-based collaboration will help Grand St. Settlement expand our impact and propel our mission to empower individuals, support families and advocate for communities.”
In February, Margarita Rosa decided to step down after leading the settlement house for 20 years. She stayed on while a search took place for her replacement.
Cordero will be responsible for all of the organization’s programs on the Lower East Side, as well as throughout the city. Grand St. has 270 employees, a $15 million annual budget and offers early childhood, adult and senior programs to 10,000 New Yorkers every year. A press release noted that Cordero will also oversee the organization’s involvement in Essex Crossing. Grand St. is the lead community partner in the large development project coming to the former Seward Park urban renewal area.
BOOM!Health was created through the merger of two other organizations, CityWide Harm Reduction and Bronx AIDS Services. Cordero was responsible for managing the transition. “I am thankful to the BOOM!Health community and now humbled by the honor of joining Grand St. Settlement,” Cordero said. “I grew up in Chicago’s Erie House day care program and will now lead Grand St. Settlement’s amazing array of impactful early childhood, youth and aging adult programs in the 21st century. It is a dream come true!”
Cordero will be on the job by June 22.
We received the following email from Judith Sam, director of youth services at Grand Street Settlement. The social services agency is located just a few steps away from the location in which Raphael Ward was shot and killed:
Our friends at the Grand Street Settlement are hosting an evening of comedy and music in support of ongoing Sandy recovery efforts here on the Lower East Side this Thursday, Nov. 15th at 7:30pm. Comedienne Wendy Liebman and the University Glee Club of New York City were originally scheduled to team up for a “Fun Night Out” to raise money for the Settlement, but, Grand Street notes: “…over the past two weeks the event has become so much more: a relief concert for our neighbors whose lives were devastated by Hurricane Sandy.”
The event will be held at P.S. 6 – The Lillie Devereaux Blake School, 45 East 81st St. Suggested ticket price is $50. For more on this event and to purchase tickets, visit their website here.
The Grand Street Settlement is holding their “fall rock fundraiser” on Thursday evening at Think Coffee. This is their second year hosting the event and they have added musicians David Rogue and Jimmy McDonald to the bill. One hundred percent of the proceeds go towards Grand Street Settlment’s various community programs. Go here for tickets. Tickets start at $20 // 8pm // 248 Mercer Street (btw 3rd & 4th Streets).
The Grand Street Settlement is looking for a few good men and women for its AmeriCorps Program:
This afternoon we have the final installment of our series leading up to the 10th annual Taste of the Lower East Side. The benefit for the Grand Street Settlement begins this evening at 7 o’clock. We’re wrapping up with San Marzano Brick Oven Pizzeria on Clinton Street. Recently, I stopped by to talk with David Malekan, who owns the restaurant with his brothers, Kourosh and Kamran.
Dave practiced law and he worked on Wall Street. But toiling in the corporate world did not appeal to him. These days his office is a sunny perch at the corner of Clinton and Rivington Streets. San Marzano has been open since 2008. The centerpiece of the restaurant is a wood fired stone hearth oven imported from Italy.
The Grand Street Settlement’s Taste of the Lower East is just a day away. For the past month, we’ve been profiling many of this year’s participants. We saved one of the most enticing entries until second last – il laboratorio del gelato, the walk-up ice cream mecca on Orchard Street.
Jon Snyder comes from ice cream royalty. His grandfather, James Ceriale, built many of the original Carvel stores, starting in 1951. After returning from Italy at age 19, Snyder decided to strike out on his own, creating the Ciao Bella Gelato Company. Before long, he was selling to the city’s most formidable restaurants, including the River Cafe and the Russian Tea Room. Snyder sold the company in 1989 but he could not stay away.
We resume our series profiling the participants in this year’s Taste of the Lower East Side with a perennial neighborhood favorite — Sugar Sweet Sunshine. When I arrived on a sunny afternoon last week to interview co-owners Debbie Weiner and Peggy Williams, they were sitting outside enjoying a (very) rare respite from the kitchen. Since opening in 2003, Sugar Sweet Sunshine has thrived on a simple concept — serving delicious cupcakes and other tempting treats, while at the same time creating a comfortable, laid back hangout for the neighborhood.
Several girls gather around a large chef’s table, as Alicia Sanchez explains the finer points of making tortillas from scratch. On the menu today: fresh fish tacos. Sanchez, owner of the Sugarplum Bakery in Brooklyn, comes to the Lower East Side four times a week to work with students in the Grand Street Settlement’s after school program. Her cooking classes are popular – and effective. These kids are enthusiastic and engaged. They’re learning to cook nutritious meals, and picking up some valuable life skills along the way.
photos courtesy of Grand St. Settlement
Five hundred community youth and their families will turn out for Grand Street Settlement's 3rd Annual Lower East Side Youth Day at P.S.142 on the corner of Delancey and Attorney Streets. The Youth Day, which goes from 11AM – 4 PM on Friday, August 14th, will feature:
photos courtesy of Grand St. Settlement
Youth Day is about bringing together young people from all over the Lower East Side
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