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                    Governor Proposes $15 Billion in Cuts, Fees, Taxes

Start on Page 21             by Fred Scaglione                                                                                  which had advocated strongly to maintain
                                                                                                                                the State’s longer term commitment to
                          Another piece of the sky fell on                                                                      COLAS. “Not-for-profit human service
                    December 16th when Governor David                                                                           agencies offer a proven community-based
                    Paterson proposed a series of spending                                                                      model of outreach and service provision,

                    cuts and new fees and taxes to close a                                                                      serving the disadvantaged where they live.
                    total $15 billion gap in the State’s bud-                                                                   When there is a loss or reduction in ser-
                    get this year and next. Major areas hit                                                                     vice due to difficulties with staff retention
                    in the Governor’s Executive Budget                                                                          it is the public that loses the most.”
  Sex Offender      for FY2009-2010 are health care ($3.5
                                                                                                                                Youth Services
                    billion), education ($2 billion) and
  Management        elimination of the STAR school tax
                    adjustment rebate ($1.7 billion). Hu-                                                                             Youth services programs took what

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                    man services programs were targeted                                                                          appeared to be an extremely hard hit with
                    for $385 million in cuts while mental                                                                        significant cuts to a number of individual
                    hygiene services (OMH, OMRDD,                                                                                programs and the creation of a Youth Pro-
                    OASAS) will be cut by $425 million.                                                                          grams Block Grant likely further impact
                    Proposals to increase revenues by $3.1                                                                       spending by localities in this area.
                    billion focused on fees and sales tax in-                                                                         The $90 million Youth Programs

     NEWS           creases while avoiding increases to the
                    State’s personal income tax rates.
                          There was some good news in the
                                                                                                                                 Block Grant is proposed to “provide
                                                                                                                                 districts with greater flexibility in fund-
                                                                                                                                 ing their youth programs based on local
                    Governor’s budget, particularly a pro-                                                                       priorities” and represents a $28 million
New Year at DFTA    posal to increase the public assistance                                                                      cut next year and $31 million in 2010-
                    grant for the first time in 18 years (See:                                                                   2011 relative to prior allocations for the

    Page 6          “On the Other Hand”page 8), but hu-
                    man service providers were mostly fo-
                                                                  Governor David Paterson submitted his Executive Budget
                                                                  on December 16th.
                                                                                                                                 programs involved: Detention Services,
                                                                                                                                 Youth Development and Delinquency
                    cused on what are likely to be a devas-                                                                      Prevention, Special Delinquency Preven-
                    tating series of cuts in a wide range of services. COLAs for virtually every area of State activity.   tion Program, Runaway and Homeless Youth,
                    Here are a few examples:                                  Instead, they took heart in the budget’s     Alternatives to Detention, and Alternatives to
                                                                         statement that “to reflect a long-term commit-    Residential Placement.
                    Human Service COLAs
                                                                         ment to this program, a COLA is still planned          The Advantage Afterschool program,
                                                                         for 2010-11 and 2011-12, and an extension of      which was budgeted at $25.6 million after tak-
                          The Human Service Cost of Living Adjust- the COLA for an additional year (2012-13) is            ing an 8% cut already this year, will lose an-

                    ment (COLA) which had been scheduled for recommended.”                                                 other 25% , or $6 million, for FY2009-10.
                    providers under a wide range of State contracts            “We are thrilled that the Governor recog-        Supplementary state funding to support
                    and funding streams would be completely elimi- nizes the importance of these adjustments and           the federal 21st Century Community Learning
                    nated in 2009-2010. This was one of several truly appreciate the partnership we have with              Centers afterschool program would be reduced
    Page 15         cases where human services advocates tried to the State in the delivery of services to New
                    take the cuts with a degree of resignation, given York’s neediest and most difficult to reach pop-
                                                                                                                           by $7 million next year and $10 million in
                    the seriousness of the State’s overall budget defi- ulations,” said Michael Stoller, Executive Di-
                    cit and the Governor’s apparent elimination of rector of the Humans Services Council (HSC),                          THE AXE MAN continued on page 8

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              Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center                               Happy New Year and Good Luck!
                                                                                 2009 is going to be a very difficult year for everyone in the nonprofit sector
                                                                            – agencies, staff and the people you all serve. Our cover story this month men-
                                                                            tions just a few of the long list of programs which Governor Paterson has pro-
                                                                            posed cutting by 25% -- on top of the 8% reductions most have faced already this
                                                                            year. Many others would be eliminated entirely. The true impact of these budget
                                                                            proposals has yet to be understood. Many of the proposed budget’s larger cuts
                                                                            will ripple through local governments and school districts, forcing even further
                                                                            program losses at the community level. If the Governor’s budget is approved as
                                                                            proposed, it will not be long before clients are turned away, individual programs
                                                                            begin to close and the layoffs start in earnest.
                                                                                 There is, of course, a better way. The combination of a significant Fed-
About                                                                       eral stimulus package for state governments and a reasonable, progressive tax
                                                                            increase for high income New Yorkers would not eliminate the need for service
Elizabeth Seton                                                             cuts entirely. It could, however, reduce the level of cuts necessary by half or even
Pediatric Center’s                                                          more. Not only would this approach preserve services for the rapidly growing
                                                                            numbers of New Yorkers who will need them; it would also do the least damage
Home Care Program                                                           to our struggling economy and speed the process of recovery. Governor Paterson
The Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center was                                    and the Legislature need to listen to the long list of respected economists – and
established in 1988 by the Sisters of Charity.                              the growing numbers of New York State voters – calling for this strategy.
We provide comprehensive rehabilitative care                                    In the meantime, nonprofits must weather this economic storm by using their
for children with a wide range of medical                                   charitable mission as a guide. That may well mean temporarily scaling back on
conditions and disabilities. All of our programs                            services in order to bend but not break. In other cases, the need to consolidate
are centered on our children and their families,                            surviving programs into stronger agencies – just to keep the services alive – will
respecting individual cultural beliefs and                                  become clear.
practices. The Center has developed an
expertise in pediatric care and has established                                 It is going to be a difficult year. Good luck and stay in touch.
the Home Care Program to bring that expertise
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                                                        POINT OF VIEW
Restructuring OMH Sex Offender Management Program
Can Save State Dollars
     In the release of New York State’s 2009-   tem is experiencing an increasing demand          2009-10 Executive Budget, SOMTA is pro-
10 Executive Budget on December 16, 2008,       for civil confinement, while community-           jected to grow by $23 million dollars in fis-
the Office of Mental Health (OMH) an-           based mental health programs that serve           cal year 2009-10, meaning a $9 million net
nounced that it will be reducing a proposed     New York’s most vulnerable citizens are           increase. One way in which OMH plans to
increase in funding to the Sex Offender         struggling to make ends meet.                     meet its $14.3 million savings target is by
Management and Treatment Act (SOMTA)                 Sex offender confinement in the OMH          reducing staffing levels to be in line with
program. SOMTA is New York State’s civil        system will not only require new construc-        current standards used in civil confinement
confinement program to house recidivist sex     tion, but increased staffing costs as well.       programs in other states. OMH currently
offenders after they have completed their       Currently, sex offenders are housed in two        uses a 2:1 staffing ratio. By switching to a
prison sentences or parole terms. It admits     facilities. One is located at Central New         1.5:1 ratio, costs per bed would decline to
the most dangerous sex                                                    York Psychiatric        $175,000 per year, a 22% reduction. Cur-
                                                                                                                                                     Phillip Saperia
offenders to an inpatient                                                 Center in Marcy,        rently 19 other states have some sort of civil
hospital ward in a State
psychiatric facility, or       “There is limited                          New York, which
                                                                          has a 125 bed ca-
                                                                                                  confinement law. According to the Wash-
                                                                                                  ington State Institute for Public Policy, in
in some cases, offend-                                                    pacity; and the oth-    2006, Pennsylvania estimated its annual
ers live in the commu-
nity under Strict and        evidence of clinical                         er is situated at St.
                                                                          Lawrence Psychi-
                                                                                                  cost to be $150,000 per bed, while New Jer-
                                                                                                  sey spent $67,000 per sex offender place-
Intensive Supervision                                                     atric Center near       ment as compared to New York’s $225,000.
and Treatment (SIST).
In the case of the inpa-
                                    success for a                         Ogdensburg, New
                                                                          York, which has
                                                                                                  Texas operates an outpatient model, which
                                                                                                  costs $17, 391 per offender each year. New
tient model, there is lim-                                                an 80 bed capac-        York should look at the Texas model.
ited evidence of clinical
success for a hospital-
                                 hospital based,                          ity. A third facility
                                                                          is scheduled to be
                                                                                                        In addition, OMH proposes to realize
                                                                                                  budgetary savings by having sex offenders
based, service intensive                                                  built adjacent to       remain in the custody of the Department of
program, and it is not
cost-effective for New
                               service intensive                          Central New York,
                                                                          which will also
                                                                                                  Corrections during pendency of court pro-
                                                                                                  ceedings. Previously this cohort was being
                                                                                                                                                     Jason Lippman
York tax payers—most                                                      have a capacity         transferred to OMH facilities prior to adju-
especially in a fiscally
impoverished environ-
                                      program.”                           of 150 beds. This
                                                                          would amount to a
                                                                                                  dication. The Coalition advocates for this
                                                                                                  change in policy as it is placing an extra
                                                                                                                                                    program like the SIST model. Through pro-
                                                                                                                                                    grammatic adjustments, further cost savings
ment. Not incidentally,                                                   total operating ca-     burden on the mental health system. OMH           can be achieved and redirected into commu-
having sex offenders in                                                   pacity of 355 beds      will also encourage the use of video tele-        nity-based mental health services.
State hospitals increases the stigma for peo-   statewide. Without program restructuring,         conferencing of certain judicial proceedings           Phillip A. Saperia is Executive Direc-
ple who live with mental illness.               or greater utilization of Strict and Intensive    to reduce transportation and staffing costs.      tor at The Coalition of Behavioral Health
      With the State’s budget deficit grow-     Supervision and Treatment (SIST), the de-         If these measures are implemented, OMH            Agencies.
ing and considerable budget cuts being          mand for building new facilities is likely to     projects that the costs of 217 fulltime equiv-         Jason Lippman is Senior Associate for
proposed, Governor Paterson was asking          continue.                                         alent positions (FTE) will be saved. That         Policy and Advocacy at The Coalition of
State agencies to look for areas in which            The Division of Parole closely super-        money could be reinvested in needed com-          Behavioral Health Agencies.
they could make efficiencies without im-        vises those offenders on SIST, ensuring that      munity services for behavioral heath con-
pairing their core missions. The Coalition      they obey the terms of parole and receive         sumers. Perhaps some of these proposals
of Behavioral Health Agencies and other         proper outpatient treatment and supports.         can be used as a way of saving state dollars
mental health advocates are calling for         If an offender violates any of these condi-       in other areas of the criminal justice system
systemic restructuring of the sex offender      tions, he or she may be placed in custody.        or State programs.
program. According to The Coalition’s           When the SOMTA program was conceived,                  Treatment, in this case, is about chang-
analysis, in fiscal year 2008-09, the Office    it was estimated that 2/3 of the offenders        ing a person’s deviant behavior. Right now,
of Mental Health spends about $38 mil-          deemed to require post-incarceration su-          the evidence is not there to support a cure by
lion to run the sex offender program. Cur-      pervision would be placed under SIST. In          civil confinement in OMH psychiatric facili-
rently, 172 people are treated as inpatients    practice, only 40 offenders (roughly 23%)         ties. If it were, a better case could be made         THE SOURCE FOR ALL
in OMH beds, costing over $600 a day per        are in the SIST program, largely due to           for investing more money into intensive in-
inmate or $225,000 per year. This is a very     the preferences of mental health clinicians       patient psychiatric services for sex offend-            YOUR NEEDS IN
costly program, especially where evidence       and criminal justice officials for inpatient      ers. In the current economic environment                FURNITURE AND
of a psychiatric cure is not clear.             hospital stay and the willingness of sex of-      (and post reinvestment world) it seems inef-             ACCESSORIES
      While there is not substantiated proof    fenders to consent. Furthermore, only 12          ficient and fiscally irresponsible to continue
that psychiatric treatment can cure recidi-     of the 172 offenders in inpatient care have       with the system as is. Sex offenders can and           WE SUPPLY FURNITURE TO:
vist sex offenders, in New York State the       actually gone through the full process of         should receive treatment in a setting that              SRO’S, SCATTER SITES,
demand for the building of new facilities to    a jury trial, the remainder are pre-trial or      provides security, but less costly than profes-          HOMELESS SHELTERS
confine sexual predators continues. Since       voluntary placements. To date, none of the        sional staffing and the huge other expenses
its implementation, OMH now faces a ris-        offenders in civil confinement have been          in State hospitals. New York State can look               HFPA 260 COMPLIANT
ing number of sex offenders entering the        released. At some point, appropriate inpa-        into the possibility of confining offenders to
mental health system (currently about 11        tients will need to progress to heavily su-       a group residence on the outskirts of a pris-       HASSLE FREE 24 HOUR DELIVERY
new people per month). When OMH’s sex           pervised outpatient or SIST models if we          on or other secure location, utilizing ankle             (ON IN STOCK ITEMS)
offender program was initiated, mental          are to alter the expensive path that New          bracelets and GPS monitoring capabilities.
health stakeholders were assured that this      York State is on.                                 Offenders can be committed to such an envi-                          CALL US:
program would not place a financial drain            Although OMH proposes saving $14.3           ronment with limited community access for
on the mental health system. Now the sys-       million in SOMTA funding in the State’s           outpatient treatment in a closely supervised        (718)-665-3700
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New Commissioner! No RFP!                                                                                                                             and the resulting budget cuts imposed on
                                                                                                                                                      DFTA in FY2008-2009– including the
Senior Services Providers Ring In New Year                                                                                                            potential loss of funding to support the
                                                                                                                                                      approximately 100 senior centers in New
                                                                                                                                                      York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
     It was quite a year for New York City’s     Bobby Sackman, Director of Public Policy           ents during these difficult times, not respond-   projects – with more cuts expected for
senior services provider agencies. It began      for the Council of Senior Centers and Ser-         ing to this RFP.”                                 FY2009-2010, led to renewed calls for a
last January 22nd when Department for the        vices (CSCS). “Thousands of seniors will                Much of the year leading up to this deci-    delay in the process. Concerns were also
Aging (DFTA) Commissioner Edwin Men-             feel relieved and grateful that an agreement       sion had had been marked by controversy as        fueled by what many providers and ad-
dez-Santiago announced a “far-reaching ef-       was reached with Speaker Quinn and the             providers, advocates and leaders in the City      vocates saw as a less than smooth transi-
fort to strengthen and improve the services      Bloomberg administration.”                         Council repeatedly called on DFTA to pause        tion of the Case Management system to a
seniors receive today and to prepare for the          “I want to applaud the New York City          the modernization effort and rethink its new      smaller number of contract agencies, each
growing and diverse needs of tomorrow’s          Department for the Aging’s decision to with-       approach to service delivery.                     serving a larger geographic area – as well
seniors.” DFTA’s “modernization” initiative      draw and reevaluate the senior center Request           By early March, Council Speaker Chris-       significantly more clients than originally
was to include the redesign and new procure-     for Proposals (RFP), issued in late October,”      tine Quinn, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum         projected in the DFTA RFP.
ments for three major pillars of the City’s      said Nancy Wackstein, Executive Director of        and Comptroller William Thompson were al-              In late October, with release of the
senior services system – Case Management,        United Neighborhood Houses (UNH). “Giv-            ready urging the Mayor to “slow down” what        RFP imminent, the controversy grew even
Home Delivered Meals and senior centers.         en the recent and dramatic reorganization of       many saw as a rushed effort to redesign the       more intense. The New York Times reported
      The year ended over a weeklong pe-         home-delivered meals and case management           entire human services system before leaving       on a “heated” confrontation in which Coun-
riod in mid-December. Mendez-Santiago re-        provision in the City, we believe it is best not   office at the end of next year. In response, an   cil Speaker Christine Quinn had called on
signed suddenly on December 12th. Lilliam        to implement a redesign of senior centers at       agreement was reached which pushed back           Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs to “back off”
 Barrios-Paoli was appointed as DFTA’s new       this time.”                                        the scheduled release date for the Senior         on the plan. On November 3rd, the fol-
 commissioner five days later. And, on De-            “The New York City Department for the         Center RFP by approximately three months          lowing Monday, DFTA released the RFP.
 cember 19th, the Bloomberg Administration       Aging’s decision to withdraw the senior cen-       to September. In theory, this would allow         Quinn and other Council Members vowed
 withdrew its Senior Center Request for Pro-     ter Request for Proposals is a sound one, and      providers to learn the outcome and impli-         to oppose its implementation. (Ironically,
 posals (RFP) and announced that it would        makes a lot of sense given the current eco-        cations of the Home Delivered Meals RFP           two days later, the Bloomberg Administra-
 “reevaluate” its modernization plans.           nomic situation and the recent reorganization      which was also delayed a month.
      Providers, advocates and leaders of the    of case management and home-delivered                   The City’s emerging fiscal situation                              continued on page 9
 City Council, who had long been calling         meals,” said Fatima Goldman, Executive
 for a pause in DFTA’s modernization effort,     Director / CEO of the Federation of Protes-
 praised both the Mayor’s selection of a new     tant Welfare Agencies. “Our senior centers           Barrios-Paoli New DFTA Commissioner
 commissioner and the decision to halt the       are already operating under a tremendous
                                                                                                           Mayor      Bloomberg’s

                                                                                                                                                                                           Photo credit: Edward Reed
 RFP.                                            amount of stress, and I commend Deputy
      “There will be a huge sigh of relief go-   Mayor Gibbs and DFTA for recognizing that            appointment of Lilliam
 ing through the senior centers today,” said     our centers need to focus on helping their cli-      Barrios-Paoli as the new
                                                                                                      DFTA Commissioner drew
                                                                                                      immediate praise from the
                                                                                                      nonprofit senior services
                                                                                                           Barrios-Paoli    comes
                                                                                                      to DFTA following a long
                                                                                                      career in both City gov-
                                                                                                      ernment and the nonprofit
                                                                                                      sector. Most recently, she
                                                                                                      has served as President and
                                                                                                      Chief Executive Officer at Lilliam Barrios-Paoli with Mayor Bloomberg at the
                                                                                                      Safe Space since 2004. Pri- announcement of her appointment as DFTA
                                                                                                      or to joining Safe Space, Commissioner.
                                                                                                      she served for seven years
                                                                                                      as Senior Vice President and Chief Executive for Agency Services at United Way
                                                                                                      of New York City. Barrios-Paoli’s government resume includes service as Com-
                                                                                                      missioner at three agencies -- the Department of Employment, the Department
                                                                                                      of Housing Preservation and Development and the Human Resources Adminis-
                                                                                                      tration. She had also served as Executive Director of Lincoln Hospital.
                                                                                                           “Lilliam’s experience in the nonprofit world and her knowledge of the inner
                                                                                                      workings of city government make her the best person to lead the Department
                                                                                                      for the Aging in the 21st century,” said Mayor Bloomberg in making the an-
                                                                                                           “I am deeply honored that I was asked to do this,” said Barrios-Paoli. “I
                                                                                                      had not planned to come back to city government but I am thrilled. I am looking
                                                                                                      forward to being at DFTA. It is an agency I always admired and I think I am at
                                                                                                      the correct age finally to head it.”
                                                                                                           “I want to applaud the Mayor’s appointment today of Lilliam Barrios-Paoli
                                                                                                      as the Commissioner of New York City’s Department for the Aging,” said Nancy
                                                                                                      Wackstein, Executive Director of United Neighborhood Houses (UNH). “Her
                                                                                                      experience as CEO of a non-profit organization, coupled with extensive, in-
                                                                                                      depth knowledge leading other City agencies, will no doubt make her an effec-
                                                                                                      tive leader in supporting critical community-based services for older adults.”
                                                                                                           “We are pleased with Lilliam Barrios-Paoli’s appointment,” said Bobby
                                                                                                      Sackman, Director of Public Policy for the Council of Senior Centers and Ser-
                                                                                                      vices. “She has a long history of working both in government and the nonprofit
                                                                                                      world. She has good working relationships with community providers and we
                                                                                                      look forward to working with her.”
                                                                                                           “She’s a perfect choice,” said Fatima Goldman, CEO at the Federation of
                                                                                                      Protestant Welfare Agencies. “Her experience in City Government and her rela-
                                                                                                      tionships in the nonprofit sector will serve her well in this new position.”
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Child Care Providers                                                                                 “We are very disappointed that ACS’s
                                                                                                child care budget shortfall has been so
                                                                                                                                               survive but other programs may not.”
                                                                                                                                                    Like many City-funded centers, Fen-
Grapple with ACS Cuts                                                                           persistent and large that unless substantial
                                                                                                funds are found outside of ACS, such dra-
                                                                                                                                               nell expects to be impacted by two aspects
                                                                                                                                               of the new ACS program.
                                                                                                matic action will be necessary,” said Jen-
     Providers of ACS-funded day care and       7,300 children from low-income families         nifer March Joly, Executive Director of        UPK Cost Allocation
early childhood education are grappling         in order to manage this system within our       Citizens Committee for Children.
with the potential impact of steps recently     existing funds.”                                     “The City is slowly strangling child           Under the new “enforced cost alloca-
announced by Commissioner John Mat-                  The sudden announcement which came         care centers to death,” said Councilmem-       tion” model for centers with separate De-
tingly to close a $62 million budget deficit    outside of the Mayor’s recent November          ber Bill de Blasio, Chair of the General       partment of Education contracts for UPK
in the program.                                 Financial Plan budget cuts surprised many       Welfare Committee, in response to the          programs, Fennell could also see a sig-
     The three-part program includes:           advocates, even as they were aware of           ACS testimony. “Low-income families are        nificant reduction in the additional fund-
     • A reduction of total combined fund-      funding problems in the City program and        on long waiting lists for subsidized child     ing originally provided to meet the higher
ing for centers which also have separate        ACS’ longer term plans to eliminate fund-       care, yet the City consistently fails to re-   UPK service standards. Until now, the
Department of Education contracts to pro-       ing for vacant slots and older children.        fer them to vacant slots and then penalizes    DOE contracts provided approximately
vide Universal Pre-K programs;                       Advocates and providers generally          centers for under-enrollment.”                 $3,300 per child to support the 2.5 hour
     • The closing of vacant “classrooms”       expressed concerns on two levels – the               “The loss of classrooms as well as        UPK program with ACS funding wrap
in centers with historically high vacancy       downsizing of the ACS-funded system by          funding which came from the UPK con-           around services for the balance of the ex-
rates; and,                                     an estimated 4,500 slots, or 19%, even as       tracts will be devastating for some pro-       tended day or care.
     • The elimination next school year of an   there continue to be long waiting lists for     grams,” said Andrea Anthony, Executive              “We will enforce cost-allocation for all
estimated 3,300 ACS-funded slots serving        day care subsidies, and the cumulative im-      Director of the Day Care Council.              UPK child care seats so that the City is not
five year olds who will now be directed to      pact of these cuts on the financial stability        “The combination of these three           paying for the same services twice,” Mat-
kindergarten classes in City Public Schools     of the City’s provider network. In addition,    things, in addition to the vacancies that      tingly said in his testimony to the Coun-
with after-school programming provided          advocates questioned a strategy which will      were created by the transfer of school aged    cil. The new ACS model was originally
through DYCD funded OST programs.               continue closing child care classrooms in       child care to OST, raises questions about      anticipated to reduce this additional UPK
     Since 2005, “the cost of providing         community based facilities while simulta-       how many programs may not be able to           funding to only $800, resulting in a net
child care has continuously risen, includ-      neously transferring 3,000 additional chil-     survive. That is a big challenge,” said Nan-   loss to the center of approximately $2,500
ing increased costs of health insurance         dren into public schools which are already      cy Kolben, Executive Director of Child         per child. ACS recently imposed the $800
for employees, liability insurance, facility    overcrowded.                                    Care Inc.                                      “cost allocation” model to day care centers
costs, etc.,” ACS Commissioner John Mat-             A coalition of advocacy groups took             “It is going to be a challenge,” said     which added UPK programming through
tingly told the City Council during testimo-    their concerns directly to Mayor Bloom-         Leonard Fennell, Executive Director of         an ACS RFP.
ny on November 20th. “In contrast, funds        berg. “We urge you to reconsider these          the Helen Owen Carey Child Development
provided by the State and Federal govern-       strategies because of their potentially dev-    Center in Brooklyn. “We may be able to                               continued on page 13
ment have not increased in proportion to        astating impact on families and children,
these expenses… As a result, we are facing      and the quality of early childhood educa-
a $62 million gap this fiscal year… Over        tion,” they wrote on December 8th in a joint
the past several years, the City has made       appeal from Child Care Inc., Federation of
up the difference for child care spending       Protestant Welfare Agencies, UJA Federa-
with one-time financial strategies. Those       tion of New York, United Neighborhood
strategies are no longer viable now in this     Houses of New York, Citizens Committee
economic climate….If we do not make the         for Children of New York, Day Care Coun-
changes that I am about to describe, we         cil of New York, Bronx Community Col-
would need to cut subsidies to more than        lege CDC, and Children’s Defense Fund.

  ACS Classroom Reductions
       The 14 centers at which ACS contractual capacity will be reduced by at
  least one classroom are as follows:
  • Episcopal Social Services, Marcy Children’s Center;
  • Billy Martin Child Development DCC, Billy Martin CDC;
  • Nuestros Ninos, Nuestros Ninos II (South 2nd);
  • Episcopal Social Services; Cooper Park Child Care;
  • Fort Greene Senior Citizens, Young Minds;
  • Haitian American DCC, Inc., Haitian American DCC #1;
  • Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service, BBCS;
  • Bethel Baptist Church, Bethel Baptist;
  • Seaman’s Society for Children, Edwin Markham;
  • Promesa Incorporated, Promesa Multicultural S7;
  • Puerto Rican Council DCC, Inc., Puerto Rican Council;
  • Scan New York, Holmes Towers Eisman Nursery;
  • East River Child Ctr Community Inc., East River;
  • Chama Society Inc., Chama.
       At least two programs still on the ACS list are there because of changes in
  program structure rather than excessive inappropriate vacancies. “These two
  centers formerly served three-year-olds, four-year-olds and five-year-olds,”
  said Bob Gutheil, Executive Director of Episcopal Social Services. “We closed
  our kindergarten and added two-year-olds and in doing so reduced the capac-
  ity.” As a result, the contractual capacity for each center drops from 55 to 45.
  “It was not a problem in terms of utilization,” says Gutheil. “We are not losing
  classrooms at either center.”
       “This type of program change also affects centers’ capacity, enrollment and
  budget,” says ACS Director of Communication Sharman Stein.
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                                                                   THE AXE MAN
THE AXE MAN continued from page 1                   hearbreaking, after having spent the past few
                                                    years working on so many forward thinking ef-
      “While we are pleased that the statewide      forts to improve service delivery, to see it all at       On The Other Hand: The Good News
Summer Youth Employment Program was                 risk of being dismantled.”                                The Governor drew praise for his proposal to increase the basic allowance portion of the State’s
again funded at $35 million, we are shocked               Yanche notes that the combination of                public assistance grant for the first time in 18 years. The grant would increase by 10% for each
that the Governor slashed youth services fund-      programs in the new Youth Programs Block                  of the next three years, rising from $291 to $387 in January 2012. The average public assistance
ing by more than $44 million,” said Nancy           Grant may lead to even greater cuts to youth              family would be eligible for approximately $100 more a month by the time this proposal is fully
Wackstein, Executive Director of United             development funding at the local level. “The              implemented.
Neighborhood Houses and Chair of the Human          Juvenile Justice services in that block grant are         The Governor also proposed $4.4 million in additional funding for emergency food programs
Services Council. “In these tough economic          mandated,” she explains. “So, when you are
times, safe and enriching youth programs such       pitting youth development against services that           “The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA) applauds Governor Paterson for includ-
as after school and workforce development are       are mandated and cutting the total amount of              ing vital funding increases for the most vulnerable New Yorkers in the Executive Budget,” said
essential for working parents and their chil-       funding for both, there is only one way that can          Executive Director and CEO Fatima Goldman.
dren. Cuts to these programs, effective January     shake out.”
1st, are shortsighted: such cuts will devastate
the youth services system throughout the state      Child Welfare                                         o  Preventive Contracts ($18.8 million);                    Capital programs for affordable and sup-
and hinder the next generation of New Yorkers’                                                            o  Amy Watkins Scholarship ($1 million);               portive housing were cut by $200 million to
ability to compete in an increasingly global              Child Welfare services are being impacted       o  Preventive Services COLA ($8.8 million);            2007-2008 levels.
economy.”                                           in a variety of ways.                                 o  Caseworker Training ($4.6 million);                      “We ask the Governor to restore at least
      “These cuts to after-school programs will           The Medicaid Waiver for Children in Fos-        o  Substance Abuse Co-location Project ($4.2           $200 million to affordable housing develop-
have a deep impact on working parents in New        ter Care, better known as Bridges To Health              million);                                           ment, bringing it to 2008’s budget level,” said
York,” said Lucy N. Friedman, President of          (B2H), is being frozen for the next two years         o Caseworker Ratio ($1.7 million); and,                Judith Nelson, CEO of Habitat for Humanity
The After School Corporation (TASC) which           at its projected end of year enrollment of 610        o Portable Information Technology Pilot                of New York State. “Restoring this funding
estimates that 15,000 New York State children       children. The program had been budgeted to               ($940,000).                                         will be a component of an overall economic
could lose after school programs as a result of     expand to 3,000 children over the next several        Those being reduced by 25% or more are:                stimulus package and will address the unprec-
the Governor’s budget cuts. “The scale of these     years.                                                o Home Visiting;                                       edented need for affordable housing that our
and other anticipated cuts will threaten the vi-          A wide range of individual child welfare        o Kinship Care (50%);                                  state is facing.”
ability of many free and low cost programs.         or family services contract programs admin-           o Post Placement;                                           The Homeless Housing Assistance Pro-
Parents will have to scramble to find alterna-      istered by the Office of Children and Family          o Hoyt Trust Fund;                                     gram (HHAP) was cut by $6.5 million to $30
tive programs to keep their kids safe after 3, if   Services (OCFS) are either being cut by 25%           o Evidenced-Based Community Initiatives;               million and the Housing Trust Fund Program
they can find any at all.”                          or eliminated entirely.                               o New York/New York III.                               lost more than half of its allocation, dropping
      “I can only imagine it is because these             Among those being eliminated entirely                “Proposed budget cuts to Healthy Fami-            by $31 million to $29 million.
are not considered ‘mandated’ services,” said       are:                                                  lies New York means hundreds of children and                The Executive Budget also eliminates
Michelle Yanche, Staff Director of the Neigh-       o Safe Alternatives for Family Enrichment Pre-        families will lose services at a time when they        funding for the Homeless Prevention Program
borhood Family Services Coalition. “It is just         ventive Services Contracts ($4.4 million);         most need it,” said Christine Deyss, Executive         (HPP), the Safety Net Assistance Local Inno-
                                                                                                          Director of Prevent Child Abuse New York               vations Program (SNAP), the Local Interagen-
                                                                                                          (PCANY).                                               cy VESID Employment Services Program, the
                                                                                                                                                                 Educational Resources Program, and the HIV
                                                                                                          Housing and Homelessness

                                                                                                                                                                 Welfare-to-Work Program. These programs
                                                                                                                                                                 have sufficient unexpended balances to con-
                                                                                                               After three years of growing budgets for          tinue for a period of time absent new funding.
                                                                                                          capital, operating and services, supportive
          TO MEET TO DANCE TO TEACH TO WORK TO PLAY                                                       housing programs are now being proposed for            Senior Services
                                                                                                          reductions, reported the Supportive Housing

          TO RENT                                                                                         Network of New York.
                                                                                                               The SRO Support Services program is
                                                                                                          proposed for a reduction of 18% from the cur-
                                                                                                          rent year appropriation. The program has al-
                                                                                                                                                                 A range of senior services also are being cut,
                                                                                                                                                                 o The Stony Brook Evaluation of Geriatric
                                                                                                                                                                   Home Care ($0.1 million);
         Affordable new facilities are available for one-time,
                                                                                                          ready taken a 6% reduction in the current year.        o NY Connects ($3.5 million);
             short-term or ongoing rental in Manhattan.
                                                                                                          “This cut, if enacted by the state legislature,        o Managed Care Consumer Assistance Pro-
   ■  Flexible use spaces include: conference facilities, seminar rooms,                                  will very likely result in cuts to existing SRO          gram ($0.8 million);
     classrooms, dance studios, gymnasium and swimming pool.                                              contracts, for the first time in recent memory,”       o Congregate Services Initiative ($0.1 mil-
   ■   State-of-the-art amenities.                                                                        said Network Executive Director Ted Hough-               lion);
   ■   Conveniently located near public transportation.                                                   ton.                                                   o Long Term Care Ombudsman ($0.1 mil-
                                                                                                               In addition, the Homelessness Interven-             lion).
   ■   Non-profit rates starting at $25/hour.                                                              tion Program (HIP) was proposed for a 20%,                  Senior programs being completely elimi-
   ■   All rental proceeds benefit the charitable activities of University Settlement.                     reduction on top of an 8% reduction already
                                                                                                          sustained this year.                                                     continued on bottom of page 9

                                                                                                              Governor Taxes Fat Kids, Not Fat Cats
                                                                                                              Advocates continued to criticize the Governor’s refusal to offset service cuts with a proposal to
                                                                                                              increase taxes for higher income New Yorkers. While Paterson did propose to raise $3.1 billion
                                                                                                              in additional revenues through a wide variety of fees and taxes, the majority of the increases
                                                                                                              come through increased “nuisance” taxes, including a significant new sales tax on non-diet soft
                                                                                                              “We are disappointed that the Governor decided to allow working class New Yorkers to shoulder
                                                                                                              the burden of this budget deficit,” said Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Fiscal
                                                                                                              Fairness. “While the Governor calls for ‘shared sacrifice,’ his budget seems to allow for mostly
                                                                                                              ‘spared sacrifice.’ Increasing fees and enormous cuts in state spending on education, healthcare,
      Call or             212-475-5008                                                                        and state services could be mitigated if the Governor had simply chosen to listen to the people of
       come               273 Bowery at Houston Street                                                        New York State who have been calling for an income tax increase on the wealthiest 5% of New
     for a tour                                                                                               Yorkers.”
January 09                                  New York Nonprofit Press                                                                                                            9

continued from page 6

tion announced that it was withdrawing an-
                                                        “Our plan to re-evaluate will allow
                                                   newly appointed Commissioner Lilliam
                                                                                                       JEHT Foundation Closes
other major – and controversial – RFP which
would effectively redesign the entire child
                                                   Barrios-Paoli to take a fresh look at our
                                                   modernization plan,” said Deputy Mayor
                                                                                                       After Losses with Madoff
welfare system.)                                   Gibbs. “Lilliam and I will consult with the
     With the RFP on the street, provider          City Council and our community partners                  The JEHT Foundation, a major New         juvenile justice, international justice and
concerns only grew worse. And, it seemed,          to ensure we are creating the best possible         York City-based funder of criminal jus-       fair and participatory elections.
so did relationships between providers and         services for the largest number of seniors.”        tice reform initiatives, announced on De-          “The JEHT Foundation Board deeply
DFTA. At the December 2nd Bidders                       “We are looking forward to a fresh             cember 15th that it will be closing as a      regrets that the important work that the
Conference to discuss the RFP, the mutual          start with the new commissioner to plan             result of financial losses sustained by its   Foundation has undertaken over the years
anger and antagonism on both sides was             for the future of senior centers in New             donors in the Bernard L. Madoff “Ponzi”       is ending so abruptly,” said Robert Crane,
described as “palpable” by several observ-         York City,” said CSCS’ Sackman. “I think            scheme scandal. The foundation has end-       JEHT’s President and CEO, in a written
ers.     Two days later, representatives of        what we all agree has become very clear             ed all grantmaking immediately and will       statement. “The issues the Foundation
both UNH and the FPWA testified at a City          through this process is the tremendous              close its doors at the end of January.        addressed received very limited philan-
Council hearing that many of the seven             value that senior centers provide for thou-              JEHT was established in 2000 by          thropic support and the loss of the foun-
pages of questions collected and provided          sands of older New Yorkers.”                        Jeanne Levy-Church, a movie producer          dation’s funding and leadership will cause
to DFTA one week prior to the Bidders                   “We look forward to working in part-           and real estate heiress, and her husband      significant pain and disruption of the work
Conference remained unanswered.                    nership with the new DFTA Commission-               Kenneth Levy-Church. Unlike founda-           for many dedicated people and organiza-
     Many in the provider community had            er Lilliam Barrios-Paoli to develop mod-            tions using a traditional endowment-          tions.”
long felt that their issues, concerns and sug-     els for senior centers that incorporate the         based financial model, JEHT funded its             “They were a major criminal justice
gestions had not been heard – or at least se-      successes of existing community-based               programming with annual gifts from its        funder,” said Michael P. Jacobson, Director
riously considered – at DFTA, despite what         centers and the voices of the provider              founders. In 2006, for example, the foun-     of the Vera Institute of Justice. “Nobody
Commissioner Mendez-Santiago maintained            community in order to meet the needs of             dation’s $30.7 million in grants and oper-    had the resources and the focus on criminal
was an intensive effort to elicit community        New York City’s increasingly diverse old-           ations was funded through $32 million in      justice issues that they did. This is a huge
feedback.                                          er adult population,” said UNH’s Nancy              contributions from Jeanne Levy-Church         hit to the field of criminal justice reform.”
     “The Department for the Aging has             Wackstein.                                          and another related family foundation.             “The JEHT Foundation was really at
pursued an extensive, year long consultative            “I am pleased that today we are                Consequently, it was the investment loss-     the leading edge on some issues in criminal
process with community partners, elected of-       moving forward in a collaborative man-              es incurred by the donors, rather than the    justice,” said Georgia Lerner, Executive Di-
ficials and advocates to discuss ways to mod-      ner to ensure our seniors receive quality           foundation itself, which is forcing JEHT      rector of the Women’s Prison Association.
ernize the manner in which older New York-         services,” said Speaker Quinn, who had              to close.                                     “They were a critical resource for us.”
ers access critical social services,” DFTA         vigorously called for a pause in the RFP                 The JEHT Foundation’s annual                  Jacobson expected that VERA would
spokesperson Christopher Miller told NYNP          process.                                            grants, typically in the $20-$30 million      have received in excess of $1 million in
back in March. “We’ve held public forums                “I know we all share a great vision            range, were focused on criminal justice,      grants from JEHT during the coming year.
in all five boroughs, met with Interagency         for the older adults of New York City, and
Councils, Borough President District Cab-          by working together as a team, we will be
inet’s, community organizations and senior         able to move our senior services into the
advisory groups. The Department has listened       future without losing the wonderful quali-
to the community and continues to take their
concerns into account.”
                                                   ties our seniors have grown to love in the
                                                   centers across the five boroughs,” said
                                                                                                             NYU     Silver
                                                                                                             Silver School of Social Work
                                                                                                                                                     Division of Lifelong Learning
                                                                                                                                                     and Professional Development
     Now, it appears that the City, providers      Barrios-Paoli. “This re-evaluation will
and advocates are all looking forward to a         give me the time I need to listen, learn and
new beginning.                                     make smart decisions moving forward.”

                                                                                                            advancing professionals,
THE AXE MAN continued from page 8                  million for transportaton, $240,000 for social
                                                   adult day care, and legisative member items,”
                                                                                                            advancing the profession
nated are:                                         she sad. “Member items in the aging services
o The Affordable Independent Living Senior         network is not pork, it’s meat and potatoes. We           Spring Calendar of Workshops
  Housing Pilot ($1.8 million);                    will work diligently with the legislature to se-          FEBRUARY 4                              MARCH 4
o Social Workers for Geriatric In-Home             cure these funds as any loss will directly impact         Children and Grief: Measuring           Evidenced-Based Practices
  Care ($0.6 million);                             older New Yorkers.”                                       Loss Over the Life Course               in Mental Health for People with
o End of Life Care ($0.2 million);                                                                           Faculty: Allison Werner-Lin, Ph.D.,     Serious Mental Illness: Part 1
o Enriched Social Adult Day Centers ($0.2          Long Term Care                                            LCSW, and Nancee Biank, LCSW            Faculty: Ellen Tuchman, Ph.D.
  million);                                                                                                  Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.           Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
o Long Term Care Insurance Outreach and                 Advocates also decried significant cuts              Silver School of Social Work            Silver School of Social Work

  Education ($2.8 million);                        which the budget imposes on long term care                FEBRUARY 26                             MARCH 11
o Sustainable        Transportation        ($0.7   programs. “Nursing homes are chalked for a                Social Work, Spirituality, and          Evidenced-Based Practices
  million);and;                                    6,000-bed reduction over five years and a min-            Depression: An Interdenominational      in Mental Health for People with
o The Geriatric In-Home Medical Care Pilot         imum 12 percent Medicaid funding cut,” said               and Cross-Cultural Approach             Serious Mental Illness: Part 2
  ($0.7 million).                                  Carl Young, President of the NYS Associa-                 Faculty: Ralph Di Paolo, Ph.D., LCSW;   Faculty: Ellen Tuchman, Ph.D.
     “SOFA Director Michael Burgess and            tion of Homes & Services for the Aging. “The              Rev. Willard Gibson; Rabbi Edyth        Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
his staff, while making difficult decisions to     proposed funding cuts alone will force many               Mencher; Anthony Nicoterra, J.D.,       Silver School of Social Work
cut $14 million from the budget, were deter-       nursing homes to close entirely… The budget               LCSW; Rev. Meigs Ross; Jeffrey
                                                                                                             Seinfeld, Ph.D.; Dr. Evan Seinrich;
mined to protect direct services to older New      would also cut home care services funding by
                                                                                                             Rev. Fredrick Streets                   For more information
Yorkers,” said Bobbie Sackman, Director of         at least 10 percent. It’s an assault on continu-
                                                                                                             Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.                  and to register
Public Policy for the Council of Senior Cen-       ing care unlike anything we’ve ever seen or
                                                                                                             Kimmel Center for University Life       visit
ters and Services. “No cuts were made to the       imagined, and will not only affect the people             Cosponsors: UJA-Federation of           call 212.998.5963
home-delivered meals, NORCs, case man-             who need services but also their families and             New York and Catholic Charities         e-mail:
agement and home care, and transportation.”        the people providing the services.”
     Sackman went on to note the potential              For up to the minute additional informa-
impact of losses of legislative funding streams.   tion and analysis on New York State’s budget                                                      New York University is an affirmative action/
                                                                                                                                                     equal opportunity institution.
“Funding for several legislative initiatives was   negotiations, visit the Breaking News section
excluded from SOFA’s budget including $1           at
    10                                     New York Nonprofit Press                                                                                            January 09

                                   AGENCY OF THE MONTH
Jewish Child Care Association                                                                      children are returned to their families or
                                                                                                   community-based foster care.”
Serving Those Most in Need                                                                               All three of JCCA’s residential pro-
                                                                                                   grams have been and continue to be impact-
                                                                                                   ed by ACS policies designed to reduce both
      Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA)        Sheltering Guardian Society (HSGS) which         the number of children placed in residential
can trace its history back almost two cen-        opened the Pleasantville Cottage School          treatment and the time they spend there.
turies to the earliest days of Jewish char-       (PCS) in Westchester County in 1912. It                “We have been downsizing for quite a
ity in New York City. In 1822, the Hebrew         was in 1940, after years of discussion, that     while now,” says Altman. PCS’ capacity used
Benevolent Society was founded with $300          HOA, HSGS and other similar charities            to be 25 beds higher than today’s 173. And,
collected to care for an elderly Jewish vet-      merged to form what would soon be known          the program is currently running 10-15 va-
eran of the revolutionary war. Today, JCCA        as Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA).         cancies on average.
is a state-of-the-art, nonsectarian, human        In total, that newly created entity was then           Both Altman and Tinagero give ACS
service provider with an $84 million annual       responsible for 3,471 children and 2,084         Commissioner John Mattingly credit for the
budget and 900 employees. It provides ex-         foster homes.                                    passion and thrust of his child welfare re-
tremely high quality residential treatment             Today, JCCA’s child welfare programs        form efforts, noting that many children who
and foster care, community mental health          include a full continuum of services, rang-      may not have needed long term institutional           Richard Altman
services and other programming to more            ing from regular foster boarding homes to        placements are now living with families in
than 12,000 children and their families.          residential treatment, which are designed to     the community.
      Interestingly, JCCA’s path to serving a     meet the varying therapeutic needs of chil-            “If there has been one overarching im-        “They are trained in what information needs
largely non-Jewish, African-American and          dren in care.                                    pact, it has been to get everyone focused           to come out at the meeting; how to ask the
Hispanic client base in its child welfare                                                          on how we can work harder to keep kids in           questions they need to ask. And, they do it.
and mental health programming can also            Residential Care                                 communities,” says Altman. “I think people          Can you imagine an adolescent running a
be found in its Jewish heritage. It is tikkun                                                      have been surprised. In general, this has           meeting with his family, his workers and ad-
olam -- the responsibility of every person to          The agency may be best known for its        worked.”                                            ministrators all in the room? It is happening
make the world a better place -- on which         three highly regarded residential programs             Yet, the JCCA team also has serious           and it is phenomenal.”
JCCA’s mission is based, explains Richard         based on its 150 acre campus in Pleasant-        concerns. “We think that some children are               The agency has also incorporated youth
Altman, JCCA’s Chief Executive Officer.           ville in Westchester County.                     not getting the services they need in this big      into development of its policies and pro-
      “Our founders were committed to serv-            The Pleasantville Cottage School            picture desire to reform the entire system,”        cedures. “The youth actually created the
ing those most in need,” says Altman. “And,       (PCS) currently has a capacity to serve 173      says Altman. The problems they cite are             dress code policy for staff on campus. They
just as in 1822, it is poverty that drives need   youth who have been referred by New York         at both the front end of the system – when          are involved in interviewing potential staff.
for our services -- poverty that feeds do-        City’s Administration for Children’s Ser-        children are or are not referred to placement       My goal is to have every child care worker
mestic violence, child abuse, alcoholism,         vices (ACS), local DSSs and CSEs. Over           – and at the back end – when there is a short-      candidate interviewed by the youth whose
substance abuse, mental illness and trauma.       the years, PCS has carved out a unique his-      age of community placements with a level of         input will be part of the decision-making,”
It is poverty and the problems which it cre-      tory in the field of residential treatment.      services to meet the extremely high needs of        says Tinagero. In addition, youth have been
ates drive the organization today, just as        It was reportedly the first “cottage style”      children going home.                                trained in crisis intervention techniques and
they did in 1822. The difference is in who        residential center – in which children lived           Recent child welfare policies may have        the plan is to incorporate their perspective in
we serve today. We are still committed to         in smaller cottages rather large, institution-   exacerbated long-standing problems created          future staff training.
serving those most in need.”                      like orphanages -- in the United States.         for some children who are only referred for
                                                  “The model came from the English board-          residential placement after multiple failures       TFBH
JCCA Today                                        ing schools and was seen as a more humane        to provide care in community-based foster
                                                  way to take care of children,” says Altman.      boarding homes. “I agree with Commission-                “In addition to providing foster home
     JCCA’s programs are largely divided          “The physical layout we have today, with         er Mattingly that residential treatment is not a    care to more than 400 children, we probably
into three main areas – foster care and resi-     the cottages placed around a central square      healthy place to raise kids. But, I do believe it   have one of the largest Therapeutic Foster
dential services, community mental health         and a central administration building, is ex-    is a really good place to get them back under       Boarding Home (TFBH) programs in the
programs and services to the Jewish com-          actly the same as it was in 1912.”               control and to do some serious work espe-           city with 96 children,” says Altman.
munity.                                                 PCS also was home to the first psy-        cially with families,” says Tinagero. “I think            TFBHs offer significantly higher levels
     Foster care and residential treatment        chiatric clinic in an American child care in-    our short term program does some great,             of services than the regular FBH model, in-
services are the largest area of JCCA’s pro-      stitution, established in 1925 by psychiatric    great work in that regard. However, most of         cluding lower social worker/child ratios, en-
gramming and the natural outgrowth of its         social worker Julia Goldman. This tradition      the kids in our residential treatment program       hanced foster parent training, and extensive
historic development. In 1860, the Hebrew         of clinical excellence has been a hallmark       have burned through so many people in their         clinical services.
Benevolent Society opened the first Jewish        of the agency ever since. “We have a rich        lives. We have kids who have been in 15 dif-             “Our number one goal in TFBH is to
orphanage in New York City. In 1884, the          clinical array of services that not every        ferent foster boarding homes.”                      find community resource placements for
Hebrew Orphan Asylum (HOA), as the or-            agency has,” says Candace Tinagero, Se-                JCCA works hard to address the special        youth who may have spent years in residen-
ganization was then known, would go on            nior Vice President, Foster Home and Resi-       needs of these children. The agency is one          tial care after multiple failed placements in
to open another orphanage on 136th Street         dential Services. “We have psychiatrists         of several throughout the state to be imple-        lower levels of care,” says Altman. “We’re
and Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan with            and psychologists on staff. We have a large      menting the “Sanctuary” model of residen-           saying you don’t have to live in an institu-
a staggering capacity for 1,755 children. In      APA psychology internship program that           tial care which focuses on recognizing the          tion if there is someone out there for you.
1925, a residential home for developmen-          recently was approved for an unprecedent-        multiple traumas which children in care have        JCCA been very successful in finding vi-
tally disabled teenage girls was opened on        ed additional nine years.”                       sustained throughout their lives. “It has re-       able, safe, community placements for these
a 123-acre site in the Edenwald section of             The Edenwald Center serves 116 chil-        ally begun to take hold and make a differ-          children.”
the Bronx.                                        dren who are dually diagnosed as emotion-        ence in the way our staff looks at youth and
     Throughout this period, other Jew-           ally disturbed and developmentally dis-          the youth look at themselves,” says Tinagero.       B2H
ish child caring charities were also creat-       abled. “Some of the youth are really low         “Both youth and staff understand triggers a
ing orphanages and residential programs.          functioning. Some have brain damage,”            little better -- why they are doing what they            JCCA was also one of seven agen-
Prominent among these was the Hebrew              says Tinagero. The combination presents          are doing -- and how the trauma of the past         cies to be approved by the New York State
                                                  significant challenges for both the children     has impacted them and their behavior today.”        Office of Children and Family Services
                                                  and staff.                                       JCCA is also one of a select few agencies           (OCFS) for the initial round of Bridges to
                                                       The Pleasantville Diagnostic Center         implementing Sanctuary in its foster board-         Health (B2H), an innovative new pilot pro-
                                                  serves children up to the age of 16 who          ing home program.                                   gram which offers supplementary support-
                                                  are referred for residential assessment and            In what may be a unique sign of respect       ive services to help high need foster care
                                                  short term treatment. The typical stay is        for the children in its care, JCCA’s Youth          children live in a family setting.
                                                  90 days or less. “The program does a re-         Development Program has also trained                     “B2H is the most exciting programs I
                                                  ally nice job of getting kids home to their      youth to run their own Service Plan Reviews         have seen come down for foster children
                                                  family,” says Tinagero. “ Nearly half of the     (SPRs). “It’s been amazing,” says Tinagero.         since I have been in the field,” says Alt-
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                                                                                                                                                               Photo credit: C William I. Irwin
man who began his career as a so-                                                                                                                                    cided that we wanted to focus our ser-
cial worker in 1970. “This has huge,                                                                                                                                 vices on central Brooklyn and today
huge potential.”                                                                                                                                                     we have 14 different free standing
     Based on a Home and Commu-                                                                                                                                      mental health programs operating out
nity-Based Services Waiver, B2H                                                                                                                                      of one central location in Flatbush.”
provides a menu of 14 services which                                                                                                                                      In addition to its clinic, the agen-
agencies can offer, ranging from Day                                                                                                                                 cy provides a variety of case manage-
Habilitation, Prevocational Services                                                                                                                                 ment programs typically home-based,
and Supported Employment, through                                                                                                                                    each designed to meet the specialized
Immediate Crisis Response Ser-                                                                                                                                       needs of individual populations. “We
vices, Intensive In-home Supports,                                                                                                                                   have case management for children,
Crisis Respite and Special Needs                                                                                                                                     for adolescents, and for youth aging
Community Advocacy and Support.                                                                                                                                      out of foster care. There are many
“They wrap the child in services,”                                                                                                                                   variations on this theme,” says Alt-
says Tinagero “It provides whatever                                                                                                                                  man.
the child needs to be successful. It’s                                                                                                                                    JCCA’s Community Mental
wonderful.”                                                                                                                                                          Health and Preventive Services Di-
     “The really exciting thing is that                                                                                                                              vision also houses the agency’s fos-
the money follows the child, wher-                                                                                                                                   ter care prevention programs, with a
ever the child goes, even if he or                                                                                                                                   capacity to serve 200 families with
she goes home, up to age 21. That is                                                                                                                                 children at risk of out of home place-
unique,” says Altman.                                                                                                                                                ment.
     Launched in January 2008, B2H JCCA serves the treatment needs of over 300 children in three specialized programs at its 150-acre campus                              Looking ahead, Altman antici-
was originally targeted to serve a to- in Pleasantville.                                                                                                             pates that community mental health
tal of 3,305 children statewide with-                                                                                                                                programming will continue to be an
in three years. Many observers believed Sibling AOBH                                              JCCA also operates three group homes,                         area of growth for the agency.
that B2H might actually be the safety net                                                    serving a total of 22 children. Two utilize                             Earlier this year, JCCA answered a
of services which would allow high needs           Another specialized program which         a traditional shift staffing model while the                       call by State and City officials to take over
children currently in residential treatment   JCCA launched more than ten years ago          third uses a family model. “There is a mom                         a program about to be lost by the clos-
centers to make a successful transition back  is its Sibling AOBH (Agency Operated           and pop who live there. They are the house                         ing of Brooklyn CareWorks. Brooklyn
to community-based family settings.           Boarding Home). “ACS was having dif-           parents,” says Altman.                                             Community Treatment Program provides
     JCCA jumped in with both feet. “We       ficulty finding enough foster families for                                                                        in-home clinical services to severely emo-
took a chance and invested a lot of money large sibling groups,” says Altman. “We            Community Mental Health                                            tionally disturbed (SED) youth who can-
up front to hire the staff so that we were in converted three apartments in a building                                                                          not access services in the community.
a position to enroll children and families,” in Rego Park, Queens. We built them out              In the mid 1980s, JCCA added com-                                  “We were also offered the opportu-
says Altman. “So, as of today, we have 87 and hired foster parents to live there. We         munity mental health services to its series                        nity by OMH to open a Children’s Com-
children officially enrolled and receiving can take large sibling groups, sometimes as       of offerings through the opening of Brook-                         munity Residence (CCR) and we are get-
services.”                                    large as seven or eight children. We provide   lyn Child and Adolescent Guidance Cen-                             ting ready to break ground,” says Altman.
     Unfortunately, financial pressures an assistant cook and child care counselors          ter, the first new outpatient mental health                        “This will be our first OMH-licensed resi-
on the State budget have recently forced for relief. It is a very specialized program,       clinic funded by the state in 10 years.                            dential program.” Barring any unforeseen
Governor Paterson to call for a two-year designed to take kids who have been re-                  “That paved the way for the steady                            problems resulting from the State’s bud-
moratorium on further rollout of the B2H moved from their families in an emergency           development of a whole array of mental                             get crisis, he hopes to open the eight-bed
program.                                      and keep them together.”                       health programs,” says Altman. “We de-                             facility in 18 months.

                                                                                                                                                                Education Programs

  Quality and Accountability                                                                                                                                         JCCA has long had a strong commit-
                                                                                                                                                                ment to promoting education as an impor-
       There are a few principles that we maintain with fierce determination,” says Richard Altman, CEO at Jewish Child Care Association. “One is that          tant means for children to become suc-
   whatever we do we want to do with quality. Another is that when we deliver services we want to measure the difference we are making.”                        cessful, productive adults.
       “Quality and accountability are kind of uber-concepts that guide what we do here,” says Elizabeth Schnur, Senior Vice President, Quality Man-                 Since 1971, Two Together has pro-
   agement and Planning, who has been leading the effort since coming to JCCA 16 years ago. “The board initially invested private dollars to create a           vided free individualized tutoring and
   Research Department; there is no government funding for these kinds of positions. They wanted to answer the question: we think we are great, but             mentoring services to students who are
   how do we really know we are great? It always came down to anecdotes.”                                                                                       seriously behind in their schoolwork. Vol-
                                                                                                                                                                unteer tutors help more than 130 school
        Schnur and Altman, then JCCA’s COO, created a Continuous Quality Improvement Program (CQIP) and a CQIP Committee including all the top                  children ages 8-18, annually.
   managers in the agency, a core group of 25-30 people. “In the beginning we met weekly. It was a tremendous commitment of agency resources,”                       In September, JCCA opened Brook-
   says Schnur. The group wrote a new Standards and Practice Manual for the agency and worked with a Monthly Activity Profile (MAP). “We had 150                lyn Democracy Academy, (BDA) a trans-
   indicators,” says Schnur. “We painfully learned two things: that social workers didn’t read numbers and that 150 was 130 too many.”                          fer school in partnership with the Depart-
         JCCA’s quality effort has paid dividends in many ways, including consistently excellent ratings on ACS’ own EQUIP performance evaluations.             ment of Education. The BDA model is
   Its “critical incident” reports capture a wide range of behaviors not captured on government mandated reports. By tracking things like interpersonal         adopted from the one developed by Sister
   verbal violence and threats, JCCA has been able to target potential problems between specific children or involving specific staff before they get out of    Paulette LoMonaco and Good Shepherd
   hand. “It has helped us to identify places where we needed to do training or take other actions,” says Schnur.                                               Services. It integrates principles of the
                                                                                                                                                                Sanctuary Model used on the Pleasant-
        A few years ago, when staff turnover began to rise in the foster care division, Schnur’s team joined with program managers to undertake a               ville Campus .
   detailed analysis of the operation. The Renaissance Process, as the effort was known, ultimately led to the development of a new staffing structure               Now in its second year, Reading for
   which paired masters level social workers with bachelors level case associates. “Together, they own a caseload of 30 cases,” says Schnur. “Some-             Our Future, a one-on-one tutoring and ed-
   times, one connects better with a family than another. It is a real support system.” Now, JCCA is undertaking a similar analysis in preparation for the      ucational enhancement program for youth
   transition to ACS’ new Improved Outcomes for Children (IOC) service model.                                                                                   in JCCA foster care programs, showed
         “People always ask me what they should measure,” says Schnur. “My answer is that you should measure whatever it is your agency believes in.            significant gains in both math and reading
   If you believe in family-centered services, then develop proxies that measure family involvement in your services.”                                          for the more than 100 students enrolled.

       The CQIP Committee, which has been expanded to include additional directors, continues to meet on a monthly basis and is co-chaired by Alt-
   man and Schnur. “It has become the primary administrative meeting, which makes a statement about how we view quality improvement at JCCA.”
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                                                   lies with special needs, includ-
                                                   ing those on the autism spec-
Services to the Jewish                             trum. “The Compass Project
Community                                          is a very exciting program for
                                                   young people on the Autism
     In addition to providing child welfare        spectrum,” says Altman. The
and mental health services for all New York-       program helps with the transi-
ers in need, JCCA has continued to offer a         tion from high school to col-
specialized group of programs that target the      lege. It is located on six cam-
Jewish community.                                  puses across Long Island and
     The Ametz Adoption Program provides           is expanding to Westchester
assistance and support with private adoptions,     in 2009. “While many of
both domestic and international, including         these young people can han-
homestudies, post-placement supervision,           dle the academic demands,
educational workshops, support groups, and         they have trouble socially and
counseling.                                        often drop out because of that
     JCCA also offers a large range of ser-        problem,” says Altman. “We
vices for the Bukharian Jewish community           provide support, counseling
in Forest Hills and Rego Park, Queens. This        and guidance.”
is a community of recent immigrants from
the former Soviet Union who experience             Looking Ahead
the challenges and struggles typical of all
new immigrant groups. Programs include,                 The current economic
day care, a teen lounge, tutoring, and social      crisis and the continuing re-
services.                                          design of New York City’s JCCA serves over 1,200 children through its home-based Family Day Care program in Queens.
     “We have more than 1200 children in a         child welfare system are
home-based family day care program,” says          likely to offer ongoing chal-
Altman. “And, we have a privately funded           lenges for JCCA and most other service pro-         One good example is the 12-bed Safe Harbor legislation that was passed,”
center-based day care program for 52 chil-         viders. Altman anticipates that referrals to   Gateways program serving sexually ex- says Tinagero. “These young girls are vic-
dren.” JCCA’s BukharianTeen Lounge pro-            generalized residential treatment centers will ploited girls which JCCA is developing on tims, not criminals.”
vides a safe positive afterschool alternative to   continue to decline in future years. At the    the Pleasantville Campus in collaboration     No matter what the future holds, one
the streets for more than 100 teens.               same time, however, he anticipates growing     with the Mayor’s Office, ACS, OCFS and    thing is certain. There will always be people
     JCCA’s Compass program provides a             recognition of the need to create specialized  Girls Educational and Mentoring Services who are most in need. Those are the people
number of services for youth and their fami-       programs for unique populations.               (GEMS). “This is inline with the recent JCCA was created to help.

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continued from page 7                             Class Size Matters. Rather than closing
                                                  down child care capacity, Haimson called
     As we went to press, the exact impact of
the “cost allocation” was less clear. At a De-
cember 15th meeting with center directors
                                                  for an alternative strategy to transfer UPK
                                                  programs out of public schools and into
                                                  to community-based facilities. “The max-
                                                                                                   NEW YORK CONGREGATIONAL
and board members, ACS officials report-
edly indicated that they would approach the
                                                  imum number of Pre-K seats should be
                                                  sited in community based organizations           CENTER FOR COMMUNITY LIFE
issue on a case-by-case basis after reviewing     to free up space in our public schools for
cost allocation schedules being submitted         smaller classrooms and other services we
by each program. The move will affect only        need,” she said.
those centers with DOE contracts.                      Advocates also questioned the capac-
     If the cost allocation process were to re-   ity of DYCD-funded Out of School Time
sult in a $2,500 loss in funding per child, it    (OST) programs to continue providing
would cost Helen Owen Carey, which has            yearround, extended day, wrapparound
50 children enrolled in UPK, approximately        child care which these younger children
$125,000 annually.                                will need. “There aren’t DYCD programs
     Advocates argue that the costs of meet-      in every public school and many of these
ing the higher UPK program standards sig-         programs are already full and have long
nificantly exceed the $800 being offered          waiting lists. There is no assurance that
by ACS, particularly in light of the relative     parents will be able to get their kinder-
weakness of the City’s funding for basic day      garten children enrolled,” said Sandy So-
care services.                                    colar, Senior Policy Analyst with DC1707
     “The ACS proposal to cut funding from        which represents day care employees in
these programs will take away provider’s          the City-funded centers.
ability to bring the benefits of UPK to the            The loss of 3,000 slots for five-year-
children of working parents,” said Nancy          olds – representing a loss equal to approx-
Wackstein, Executive Director of United           imately 150 classrooms systemwide -- is
Neighborhood Houses.                              also expected to have a significant impact
                                                  on the financial stability of day care pro-
Five Year Olds                                    grams and their staff. Helen Owen Carey,
                                                  which currently serves 20 five-year-olds,
     The ACS move to eliminate future             or the equivalent of one classroom, esti-
slots for an estimated 3,000-plus five-           mates the loss at over $200,000 annually.
year-olds -- who are eligible to attend
public school kindergartens -- also raised        “Empty Classrooms”
several sets of concerns.
     While recognizing the appropriate-                The third component of ACS’ plan
ness of kindergarten education programs           calls for the elimination of “empty class-
for these children, advocates express con-        rooms” in centers with a long term pat-
cerns about the ability of public schools to      tern of under enrollment. “There are a
handle the sudden influx of new children.         significant number of programs across the
     “We are seeing an increased amount           City which continue to be severely under
of overcrowding in many neighborhoods             enrolled by at least one classroom (or 15
throughout the system and an increased            or more children),” Commissioner Mat-
number of kindergarteners because we              tingly told the Council. “For this reason,
have a rising birth rate in this city,” said      starting in January 2009, we are going
Leonie Haimson, Executive Director of             to reduce capacity within child care pro-
                                                                   grams that are chronically
                                                                   under-enrolled, as defined
                                                                   by a three-year average,
                                                                   a 12-month average and
                                                                   current levels.”
                                                                        Although ACS origi-
                                                                   nally planned to eliminate
                                                                   class room capacity at a
                                                                   total of 21 centers, the list   The Center for Community Life at 123 Linden Blvd
                                                                   of programs targeted for re-
                                                                   ductions has subsequently       in East Flatbush Brooklyn is offering for long term
                                                                   dropped to 14. “ACS made        lease a $1 million dollar newly renovated 6,800
                                                                   mistakes in some of these       square foot day care center for 100 pre-school
                                                                   numbers,” said Andrea
                                                                   Anthony of the Day Care         children. Applicant must be a well established
                                                                   Council. “They needed to        Not for Profit provider able to produce 3 years of
                                                                   look at them again.”            IRS990. The center has a private entrance, 7
                                                                        “We have found, after
                                                                   consultation, that some         classrooms on 2 floors, office, reception area,
                                                                   programs very recently          outdoor play space, parent and food prep rooms.
                                                                   have been successful at         Fully wired for telephone, intercom and computer
                                                                   enrolling additional chil-
                                                                   dren,” said ACS Director        network. The center is ADA compliant with
                                                                   of Communications, Shar-        handicap lift and elevator and has passed NYSDOH
                                                                   man Stein. “We are mak-
                                                                                                   inspection. Contact Maureen Messa (718) 693-6060,
                                                                   ing all necessary adjust-
                                                                   ments where enrollment
                                                                   has been increased.”
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                               VOICE OF THE CONSUMER
Advocates Mourn for DV Victims                                                                       able to survivors of domestic violence, es-
                                                                                                     pecially undocumented immigrants, single
                                                                                                                                                       135 days are automatically transferred to
                                                                                                                                                       the Dept. of Homeless Services’ shelters
“Dying for a Safe Home”                                                                              women, and survivors with disabilities;           without having to start all over again in
                                                                                                   • Speed up the application process so that          the PATH center.
                                                                                                     survivors of domestic violence can qualify           VOW notes that domestic violence is a
      Advocates and survivors turned out at       families. Last year, 22 New York City women        for housing while in domestic violence          leading cause of homelessness generally. “In
City Hall on Tuesday, December 16th, for          were killed by their intimate partners or for-     shelters and not be shuttled from system to     addition to the over 2,000 women and chil-
a mock funeral to “mourn for victims of           mer partners and another 4,000 were treated        system;                                         dren in NYC’s domestic violence shelters,
domestic violence who are dying for a safe        in emergency rooms for domestic violence         • Create more transitional (Tier II) housing      there are also survivors of domestic violence
home.” The Voices of Women Organizing             related injuries. VOW is a grassroots orga-        programs specifically for survivors leaving     in homeless shelters. Of the record 9,300
Project (VOW) was calling on City officials       nization of survivors of domestic violence         domestic violence shelters, which could         families now in the City’s homeless shelters,
to expand and improve access to permanent         fighting to ensure that victims of domestic        give families more time to get back on their    domestic violence was the number one rea-
and/or transitional housing for women and         violence get the help they need when seeking       feet and find jobs and housing; and,            son these families gave for becoming home-
children who are forced to leave domestic         safety and justice.                              • Ensure that victims of domestic vio-            less,” says Lob.
violence shelters after their 135-day maxi-            The group maintains that while the            lence who must leave DV shelters after
mum stay.                                         City launched its “My Door” effort to ac-
      “87% of women and children in domes-        celerate placement of DV victims into

                                                                                                   Road2Success Offers Educational
tic violence shelters who leave after their       housing more than a year ago, the numbers
135-day stay do so without safe and per-          of women leaving DV shelters for perma-
manent housing,” said Susan Lob, Director
of the Battered Women’s Resource Center.
                                                  nent housing has not increased.
                                                       VOW is calling on the New York City
                                                                                                   Opportunity for ACS-Affected Parents
“Many of these families are forced to either      Housing Authority (NYCHA) to accept a
start over again in the City’s homeless system    wider range of documentation as proof of              For parents with children in the child       higher education for parents affected by ACS
or return to their batterer out of desperation,   domestic violence for DV Priority hous-          welfare system, the path to reunification and     would lead to advanced educational creden-
risking further abuse and even death.”            ing eligibility, so that women and children      a safe and happy family life is never easy. For   tials that, in turn, would help parents to com-
      VOW emphasizes the widespread impact        in desperate need of safe housing can re-        years, the Child Welfare Organizing Project       pete for more powerful leadership positions,”
which domestic violence has on women and          ceive Section 8 and NYCHA apartments.            (CWOP) has been offering these parents in-        Ribeiro continues. “Additionally, we believe
                                                      NYCHA currently requires DV victims          formation, inspiration, assistance and support    that earning advanced educational credentials
                                                      to present either police reports of two      in avoiding the unnecessary removal of chil-      would improve their life opportunities.”
                                                      different domestic violence incidents or     dren by Child Protective Services and win-              The Road2Success educational support
                                                      a court order.                               ning a quick return home for those who are        program will be “customized” to meet the
                                                           “This means that women have to          placed in foster care. Now, CWOP is going a       needs of individual participants, explains Ri-
                                                      go through the criminal justice system       step further and offering a “Road2Success”.       beiro. Among the services being offered are:
                                                      which for many of them is not safe,”              Road2Success is a two-year educational       • Help in identifying college programs that
                                                      says Lob. “It also means that being          support program for “ACS-affected” parents            best suit the parent’s interests
                                                      beaten up once is not enough. They have      who would like to pursue higher education         • Finding sources of tuition support, includ-
                                                      to stay and get beaten a second time.”       in New York City. It was conceptualized and           ing direct tuition support as needed, finan-
                                                      Only 30% of women in DV shelters             funded by the Child Welfare Fund and is be-           cial aid, grants, and scholarships
                                                      are actually eligible for the DV prior-      ing administered by CWOP.                         • Help with books and supplies, child-care,
                                                      ity based on NYCHA’s documentation                “An important component of CWOP’s                and transportation
                                                      requirements.                                strategy for system change has been to fight      • Tutoring and mentoring
                                                           VOW argues that referral from a         for increased staff roles for ACS-affected par-   • On-going peer support
                                                      DV shelter itself should be sufficient       ents in foster care, preventive, and legal ser-   • Developing mutually supportive relation-
                                                      documentation. “Women in a DV shel-          vices agencies, and to prepare parents to fill        ships with school personnel and adminis-
                                                      ter have already gone through vigorous       these roles,” says Gemma Pujadas Ribeiro,             trators.
                                                      screening, given up everything and gone      Coordinator of the Road2Success Program.                “It means everything to me,” says Wanda
                                                      to a confidential location,” says Lob.       Over the years, CWOP has trained close to         Chambers, one of five parents selected for the
                                                           Advocates are also calling on the       100 parents for these roles through its Parent    first round of Road2Success support. “I am
                                                      City to:                                     Leadership Curriculum.                            in school now and getting this scholarship and
                                                      •     Increase the housing options avail-         “We believe that improved access to          the support CWOP provides removes a lot
                                                                                                                                                       of barriers.” Chambers is already half way
                                                                                                                                                       through her studies towards a bachelors de-
                                                                                                                                                       gree at the College of New Rochelle.
                                                                                                                                                             A mother of four, Chambers success-
                                                                                                                                                       fully won the return of her children from
                                                                                                                                                       foster care and then went on to become a
                                                                                                                                                       Parent Advocate at the Administration for
                                                                                                                                                       Children’s Service where she worked for
                                                                                                                                                       three years. Chambers now serves in the
                                                                                                                                                       same position with Brooklyn Family De-
                                                                                                                                                       fense Project.
                                                                                                                                                             “This is a really good thing,” says
                                                                                                                                                       Chambers. “A lot of people want to go to
                                                                                                                                                       school but they don’t know how to go about
                                                                                                                                                       it.” After completing her degree, she hopes
                                                                                                                                                       to go on for a MSW at Hunter School of So-
                                                                                                                                                       cial Work.
                                                                                                                                                             Other members of the Road2Success
                                                                                                                                                       inaugural class are Ana Velez of Brook-
                                                                                                                                                       lyn; Lynne Miller of Staten Island, Lati-
                                                                                                                                                       sha Hill of the Bronx and Andrele Colvert
                                                                                                                                                       of Brooklyn.
                                                                                                                                                             For information contact Gemma
                                                                                                                                                       Pujadas Ribeiro at (212) 348-3000 or
January 09                                 New York Nonprofit Press                                                                                                         15

Coping with Economic Downturn:                                                                         federal taxing authorities. The funds with-
                                                                                                       held from employees’ paychecks are known
Weathering the Storm without Legal Trouble                                                             as “trust fund taxes.” Organizations that are
                                                                                                       struggling with cash flow may delay remit-
                                                                                                       ting these payments to taxing authorities.
     The instability of today’s economy is        not a meaningful exercise unless the board is        Failing to pay the trust fund taxes to taxing
having far-reaching effects on the nonprofit      involved in anticipating the difficult choices       authorities brings with it potential personal li-
sector. Nonprofits in New York City face          the organization may have to make.                   ability for the “responsible person”, i.e. the
deep State and City funding cuts, decreases             Provide for ample liquidity. Ready ac-         person who decides not to pay the withhold-
in foundation support, and a slowdown in          cess to cash will be necessary to provide a          ing taxes on time and potentially volunteer
individual donations. With few reserves and       cushion against sudden shifts in funding.            board members. Taxing authorities also have
a heavy dependence on government sources          Review donor restrictions on gifts to deter-         the power to levy and lien bank accounts.
of revenue, human-services nonprofits will        mine what organizational assets, if any, are
be among the hardest hit. Their budgetary         restricted and what those restrictions are. If       Misclassifying Employees
challenges coincide with increased demand         possible, discuss relieving those restrictions
for nonprofit services that are vital to the      with the donors. As tempting as it might be               To lower fringe benefit costs, some non-           Sean Delany
City’s most vulnerable populations.               to tap a restricted asset without the donor’s        profits may be considering classifying work-
     The full impact of the downturn on           consent, even temporarily, this is a dangerous       ers as independent contractors rather than
nonprofits will not be known for a while,         proposition that could jeopardize retention of       employees. If a worker is misclassified and
but few, if any, charitable organizations will    the gift. If the organization has a strong finan-    an employer did not have a good faith basis
emerge completely unscathed. While the            cial history, speak to the bank about opening        for the misclassification, taxing authorities
boards and managers of nonprofits are posi-       or extending the organization’s line of credit.      will require payment of back taxes and re-
tive by nature, now is the time for realism       If debt service is difficult right now because       lated penalties and interest. If the employee
and pragmatism rather than hopeful opti-          of cash flow constraints, negotiate an interest      was an hourly employee that did not receive
mism or wishful thinking.                         rate or amortization rate adjustment.                proper overtime payments there could be a
     It is imperative that nonprofit managers           Safeguard your staff. For most nonprof-        violation of the wage and hours laws. Also,
and board members be proactive to maintain        its, their staff is their greatest asset. Start by   employers are required to pay for unemploy-
financial equilibrium and help preserve pro-      reviewing the employee benefit package the           ment, workers compensation insurance and
grams. Nonprofit leaders need to take inven-      organization offers to ensure the most cost-ef-      disability insurance. There are further pen-
tory of organizational assets: both hard as-      ficient options. This includes enforcing “use        alties that can be assessed for failure to make
sets such as bank accounts and real property;     it or lose it” vacation and sick day policies        these payments.
and soft assets such as board members, staff      and requiring staff to use accrued vacation.
and reputation. The goal is to maximize           Depending on the terms of the personnel poli-        Commingling Contract Funds                              Linda Manley
hard and soft assets to build a team and a        cies, accrued vacation and sick days may have
plan that enables the organization to identify    to be paid out when a staff member leaves the             Many government contracts require the          •   Debt restructuring: current list of assets
core programs and funding sources that sup-       organization. This can constitute a significant      funds related to that contract be kept in a seg-        and liabilities
port these programs.                              liability. Conduct timely performance evalu-         regated bank account and that contract funds
     The resolve of those boards and man-         ations so staff has a clear understanding of         not be used to pay expenses related to other        Legal Assistance
agers to remain legally compliant may also        expectations, and ensure that personnel files        programs. With extensive delays in govern-
be tested. Virtually every step that a non-       are up to date and contain documentation of          ment contract payments, many nonprofits                  Nonprofits should contact their legal
profit can take to protect itself has legal im-   performance reviews for recent periods.              are challenged to honor those restrictions          counsel for advice regarding contingency
plications, and many strategies that may be             Meet grant or contract deliverables. Re-       even in the best of times. As constraints on        planning and strategies for coping with the
considered to shore up finances or control        view deliverables outlined in grant or contrac-      cash flow heighten, it will become more dif-        economic downturn. The Lawyers Alliance
costs could place the organization in legal       tual agreements, particularly performance-           ficult to keep funds completely segregated          website contains information about how to
jeopardy.                                         based contracts. Budget cuts may mean that           and to restore funds that have been “bor-           request pro bono legal assistance and Board
                                                  your organization is not able to deliver all         rowed” for other programs. Take the time            Talking Points that will facilitate planning
Proactive Steps                                   the services originally planned. It is better        to review the fine print in your contracts and      and action by nonprofit board members and
                                                  to seek budget and contract modifications            to bring your internal control procedures in        managers
      Keep your board in the loop. The or-        now than risk a disallowance or a pullback of        line with those obligations.                        economic_downturn.php. Through our Re-
ganization’s board members were selected          funding later. If necessary, meet with funders                                                           source Call Hotline (212) 219-1800 x. 224
because of their belief in the organization’s     to discuss changes in priorities and needs.          Legal Support                                       Lawyers Alliance can provide general in-
mission, their skills and their connections.                                                                                                               formation over the telephone on legal issues
Unify the board to work collectively to pre-      Common Pitfalls                                           Because the funding landscape is chang-        of importance to nonprofit staff and Board
serve core programs.                                                                                   ing so rapidly, boards must engage in con-          members including those related to preser-
      Volunteer board members, however, are            As you navigate the challenges that lie         tingency planning now to make quick deci-           vation of programs.
only going to be willing to leverage their per-   ahead, be aware of a few common pitfalls             sions in a fast-moving economic crisis. An
sonal relationships to benefit the corporation    that nonprofits have fallen into that carry          attorney should review the draft contingency           Sean Delaney is Executive Director at
if they are confident that they have a complete   with them significant consequences.                  plan and then help implement that strategies        Lawyers Alliance for New York.
and accurate picture of the corporation’s fis-                                                         outlined. To make that legal help efficient
cal health. Board members have a duty to          Failure to Remit Withholding Taxes                   and effective, start to gather pertinent infor-        Linda S. Manley is Legal Director at
oversee the organization’s financial manage-                                                           mation to help volunteer attorneys assess the       Lawyers Alliance for New York.
ment and this duty is heightened during dif-          Nonprofit employers are required to              current status and needs of the organization.
ficult financial times. Boards must demand,       withhold payroll taxes from employee pay-            Key items to assemble:
and staffs must provide, frequent and accurate    checks and to then remit the taxes withheld,         • Fundraising: grant agreements,
financial reporting. Contingency planning is      along with employer side taxes, to state and             donor letters, solicitation ma-
                                                                                                                                                  EV OD CEL RAS ES

                                                                                                                                                          EE KS NES

                                                                                                           terial, fundraising contracts
                                                                                                                                                    IP S, ME RIZ

                                                                                                                                                    ER S, B LP ,

                                                                                                       • Personnel management: per-
                                                                                                                                                      Y O HO
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                                                                                                       • Real property: deeds, mort-
                                     those of the author, and are not necessarily those of

                                                                                                           gages, leases

                                     UWNYC. UWNYC does not edit or control the content of
                                                                                                       • Mergers and strategic allianc-                                       at the NEW
                                     this column.                            es: certificates of incorpora-
                                                                                                           tion, bylaws, term sheet
    16                                  New York Nonprofit Press                                                                                       January 09

                              PEOPLE SERVING PEOPLE
NYCHA Chairman Tapped                                                                        Burns to Leave
to Lead Samaritan Village                                                                    LGBT Community Center
     Tino Hernandez,                                           he graduated in 1988               Richard Burns, Ex-                                                    Burns     previously
Chairman of the New                                            from the State University     ecutive Director of the                                               worked as managing
York City Housing Au-                                          of New York at Albany,        Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual &                                              editor and later served
thority (NYCHA), has                                           Nelson A. Rockefeller         Transgender Community                                                 as President of the board
been named as the new                                          College of Public Affairs     Center in New York City,                                              of directors of the Gay
President and CEO at                                           and Policy with a Mas-        has announced his plans                                               Community News in
Samaritan Village, Inc.                                        ters in Social Work with      to move on. The longest                                               Massachusetts. Burns,
He succeeds Richard                                            a concentration in man-       serving leader of a LGBT                                              an attorney, is the im-
Pruss who has led the                                          agement.                      organization in the United                                            mediate past co-chair
agency for the past 35                                              Hernandez assumed        States, Burns has served as                                           of CenterLink, the as-
years.                                                         his new position on De-       Executive Director since                                              sociation of lesbian, gay,
     Hernandez is leav-                                        cember 22nd.                  December 1, 1986. Burns                                               bisexual and transgen-
ing NYCHA after seven Tino Hernandez                                Pruss, who officialy     has accepted the position                                             der community centers
years. He had previ-                                           retired in October, will      of Chief Operating Officer                                            which he co-founded in
ously served as Vice President for Clinical   stay on as a consultant to the agency. Pruss   at The Arcus Foundation, Richard Burns                                1994. CenterLink is the
Services at Samaritan Village before begin-   had originally joined Samaritan Village as     and will leave the Center                                             national voice for nearly
ning a career in New York City government.    a volunteer in 1965. Under his leadership,     in early February, 2009.                           150 LGBT community centers across the
In addition to his leadership at NYCHA, he    the agency evolved from a small adoles-             The Center provides mental health and         country.
has served as Commissioner of the New         cent program located in a church basement      social services, cultural programs, advocacy,           Burns serves on the steering commit-
York City Department of Juvenile Justice,     to one of the largest and most respected       youth programming, and meeting space to            tee of the National LGBT Executive Direc-
Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Ed-    providers of non-profit, substance abuse       more than 6,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and        tors Leadership Institute and he is a mem-
ucation and Human Services, and Deputy        treatment services in New York State. In       transgender (LGBT) people each week.               ber of the National Gay and Lesbian Task
Commissioner for Adult Services at the        2007, simultaneous with the announce-               “Richard Burns has been the driving           Force’s National Policy Roundtable. Burns
Department of Homeless Services.              ment of his plans to retire, Pruss was         force of the Center for the past 22 years,” said   is the founder of the New York State LGBT
     Hernandez obtained a Bachelor of         awarded the Governor’s Lifetime Service        Center Board President Bruce Anderson.             Health and Human Services Network, and
Science degree from Adelphi University        Award by OASAS Commissioner Karen              “His vision, perseverance and dedication           serves on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee
in 1986. A licensed social worker (CSW),      Carpenter-Palumbo.                             to the LGBT Liberation Movement secures            of New York City’s Human Resources Ad-
                                                                                             his position as one of the more important          ministration. He has served on the Board
                                                                                             social justice leaders in the country today.       of Directors of the NonProfit Coordinating

Scalettar To Manage Fundraising
                                                                                             Although we are sad to hear of Richard’s           Committee since 1987.
                                                                                             leaving the Center, we are excited for him in           He is a graduate of Hamilton College

At Met Council on Jewish Poverty
                                                                                             his new role at The Arcus Foundation. The          and Northeastern University School of Law.
                                                                                             Center’s Board of Directors and senior man-             In September 2008, Richard was in-
                                                                                             agement have assembled a team to steer the         ducted into the Public Interest Hall of Fame
    Met Council (Metropolitan Council              Scalettar comes from the Nas-             Center through this transition with grace and      of OMB Watch at their 25th Anniversary
on Jewish Poverty) has announced the          sau County AHRC where she served as            strength.”                                         celebration in Washington, DC.
hiring of Linda Schur Scalettar to man-       Community Resources Director and the
age all fundraising and donor relations       Director of the AHRC Foundation for the

                                                                                             Townsend New Senior VP
activities. Scalettar brings over 20 years    last 10 years.
of experience in development, includ-               “Linda’s extensive experience and

                                                                                              at National Executive Service Corps
ing the development and cultivation           skills will bring a wealth of growth po-
of new donors and prospects, running          tential to Met Council, allowing us to ex-
major events and campaigns and donor          pand our reach and our services in times
relations.                                    when people need us most,” said William              Joseph Townsend                                               and Senior Vice Presi-
                                              Rapfogel, Met Council’s CEO.                    has joined the National                                            dent for Club Med Inc.
                                                                                              Executive Service Corps                                            (NYSE).
                                                                                              (NESC) as its new Se-                                                   From 1997 –2004 he

Changes in Albany Office
                                                                                              nior Vice President for                                            was an Investor and Fi-
                                                                                              Social Services. He has                                            nancial/Operations Con-

for Supportive Housing Network
                                                                                              been a consultant with                                             sultant to the international
                                                                                              NESC since 2006.                                                   resort/leisure industries.
                                                                                                   Townsend has been                                                  “We are delighted to
     The Supportive Housing Network of        funding of supportive housing grew sub-         a Senior Financial/ Op-                                            welcome Joe Townsend
New York will have a new face in Albany       stantially in this time.”                       erations Executive with                                            to NESC,” said Betsy We-
as Ceclia (CeCe) Tkaczyk replaces John             Tkaczyk was the Network’s first rep-       extensive experience in                                            ber, President. “He brings
Broderick as Statewide Advocacy Direc-        resentative in Albany from 2002 to 2004.        the international resort/ Joseph Townsend                          enormous expertise to us
tor.                                          “CeCe is an experienced affordable hous-        leisure industry. He has                                           and a dedication to help-
     Broderick is leaving to become the       ing professional with more than 11 years        broad organizational background and ac-           ing social service agencies address their
Executive Director of the Regional Af-        of experience leading advocacy efforts in       complishments. From 1972 to 1997 he was           organizational needs so that they can serve
fordable Housing Corporation in Benning-      Albany,” said Houghton. She previously          successively Treasurer, Secretary Treasurer       their own constituencies more effectively.”
ton, Vermont, an affordable housing pro-      served as Executive Director of the Neigh-
vider with 240 units under management         borhood Preservation Coalition of NYS
and a number of new developments in the       from 1989 to 1998.

                                                                                                  Tell Us About Your People
works.                                             “The next few months in Albany will
     “John led the Network’s efforts in       be difficult,” said Houghton. “Fortunately,
Albany during the transition to two new       a transition from one seasoned profession-
Governors and through three successful        al to another will ensure that the Network
budgets,” said Network Executive Direc-
tor Ted Houghton. “In large part thanks to
                                              is on top of changes as they happen. I ex-
                                              pect that we will not miss a beat during the             email
his efforts, the State’s commitment to and    upcoming budget cycle.”
January 09                               New York Nonprofit Press                                                                                                17

                               PEOPLE SERVING PEOPLE
Zambuto Joins Joyful Heart                                                                       ReServe Appoints Bleiberg
     Maile M. Zambuto                                           al educational and me-           as its New Executive Director
has been named Execu-                                           dia awareness campaigns
tive Director of the The                                        has planted the seeds of a             On December 1st, Mary S. Bleiberg         including Safe Horizon, Urban Pathways,
Joyful Heart Foundation.                                        changed awareness in the         became the Executive Director of ReServe,       the New York City Human Resources Ad-
Zambuto joins the foun-                                         lives of millions.               an organization that connects retired pro-      ministration, City Volunteer Corps, and the
dation from Safe Hori-                                               “With Maile joining         fessionals to nonprofits and city agencies      Mayor’s Office of Midtown enforcement.
zon where she served as                                         our staff, we have found         in part-time positions. Bleiberg succeeds            “I have watched the organization grow
Chief Development and                                           someone with not only a          Claire Altman, who left in October to be-       with great admiration, from a promising
Marketing Officer from                                          profound understanding of        come Program Director of the Healthcare         idea into a vibrant agent of change” said
2000 to 2007.                                                   these complex issues but         Chaplaincy.                                     Bleiberg, “ReServe is creating a new mod-
     Zambuto has been                                           someone whose skills will             Bleiberg comes to ReServe after a          el for civic engagement, one that is chang-
working in the field of                                         lead the organization to the     decade at The After School Corporation          ing our options for retirement and the way
victim assistance for                                           next level. We are thrilled to   (TASC). As Vice President of Policy and         government and private service organiza-
nearly 15 years, having                                         have her at the helm,” said      Program Development, she helped raise           tions think about and use retirees.”
started her career in her                                       Hargitay.                        nearly $500 million in public and private            “We are confident that with Mary’s
hometown of Honolulu,                                                                            funds, and create sustainable service and       leadership we will exceed our expectations
working to raise funds Maile M. Zambuto
                                                                 Kossuth Named Clinical
                                                                                                 funding strategies that have led to a dramat-   for the new year and continue to demon-
                                                                   Program Director
and create innovative programs in partner-                                                       ic growth in the quality and availability of    strate how to leverage the talents of retired
ship with the Junior League of Honolulu,            Joyful Heart has also added Jeannette        after-school services. Prior to working at      New Yorkers for the public good,” said Jack
the Children’s Justice Center and the Chil-    Kossuth, LCSW as Clinical Program Di-             TASC, Bleiberg served in a variety of gov-      Rosenthal, Chairman of the Board of Re-
dren’s Alliance of Hawaii.                     rector. Kossuth has spent the past five years     ernment and not for profit organizations,       Serve.
     Joyful Heart was founded in 2004 by       with the The New York City Anti-Violence
actress and activist Mariska Hargitay with     Project (AVP), two of which were in the po-

                                                                                                 St. Christopher’s Promotes Two
the intention of helping survivors of sexual   sition of Director of Client Services.
assault, domestic violence and child abuse          Kossuth holds a Master’s degree and

                                                                                                 In Management Restructuring
to heal and reclaim their lives. Hargitay’s    licensure as a Clinical Social Worker. She
awareness of the extent of sexual assault      also has a Master’s degree and licensure
and domestic violence grew out of train-       in Acupuncture, and is a licensed massage
ing for her role as Detective Olivia Benson    therapist. She accepted the New York State             St.     Christopher’s,                            clinical and human servic-
on Law and Order SVU. Since then, more         Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYS-            Inc., the residential youth                            es administration, joined St.
than 1200 survivors have participated in       CASA) Joan Unger Memorial Award on                services agency, has an-                               Christopher’s as the Clinical
their pioneering retreat and wellness pro-     behalf of the Anti-Violence Project award-        nounced a management                                   Director of its Valhalla resi-
grams, thousands more have taken that first    ed annually to a rape crisis program that         restructuring including                                dential center. In 2005 she
important step to reach out for help through   demonstrates innovation and excellence in         the promotion of two se-                               took over the post for both
their website, and participation in nation-    services offered to their community.              nior staff to new posts.                               Valhalla and Dobbs Ferry
                                                                                                 Dr. Catherine Morrison,                                campuses, overseeing clini-

Sustainable Long Island
                                                                                                 St. Christopher’s Direc-                               cal services for more than
                                                                                                 tor of Clinical Services                               100 teens. In her new posi-

Names Two Key Staff
                                                                                                 since 2000, has been                                   tion, she will have direct
                                                                                                 named Assistant Execu-                                 supervision of St. Chris-
                                                                                                 tive Director of Clinical                              topher’s clinical services,
     Sustainable Long Island recently an-      have access to adequate and quality health        Services. Cristian Cor-                                social services, and admin-
nounced a reorganization with the promo-       and human services. Jones was the Assis-          rea, Chief of Staff since                              istrative departments, and
tion of Sol Marie Alfonso Jones to Deputy      tant Director for Community Relations at          2005, has been named Dr. Catherine Morrison            she will oversee the medical
Director and the addition of Jennifer E.       the New York State Governor’s Office for          Assistant Executive Di-                                department.
Rimmer to a new position as Director of        Hispanic Affairs during the Cuomo admin-          rector of Program Opera-                                    Correa has a 15-year
Sustainable Community Planning and Eco-        istration. She has a B.A. from the Univer-        tions.                                                 career in human services,
nomic Development.                             sity of Rochester in Political Science.                “We are modifying                                 starting as a childcare staff
      “The promotion of Sol Marie Alfonso           A veteran community and environmen-          our leadership structure                               worker in group homes. He
Jones to Deputy Director and the addition      tal activist, Rimmer will be responsible for      and deploying key people                               will oversee the re-organi-
of Jennifer Rimmer as our Director of Sus-     advancing Sustainable Long Island’s plan-         to be a more efficient,                                zation and staffing of Unit
tainable Community Planning and Eco-           ning and implementation of community              more effective, more                                   Models (the agency’s ad-
nomic Development will enable Sustain-         revitalization efforts on Long Island. Rim-       student-centered organi-                               ministrative units for provid-
able Long Island to make a greater impact,”    mer previously was the Vice President for         zation,” said Dr. Robert                               ing residential services and
said Sarah Lansdale, Executive Director.       Subsidiary Development, Empire State De-          Maher, Executive Direc-                                supervision) at both Valhalla
     Jones will focus on creating and en-      velopment Corporation (ESDC) and was re-          tor of St. Christopher’s.                              and Dobbs Ferry campuses.
hancing partnerships with businesses, mu-      sponsible for overseeing the redevelopment        “Cathy and Cris are tal-                               He will also work with Dr.
nicipalities, universities and nonprofits      of the Javits Convention Center, the Moyni-       ented and dedicated pro-                               Morrison on short and long-
to develop new programs that maximize          han Station, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Queens         fessionals, and they have                              range planning and program
scarce resources. Prior to her promotion,      West, Governors Island, Harlem Commu-             done great work for St. Cristian Correa                development. Prior to join-
Sol Marie Alfonso Jones successfully man-      nity Development Corporation, Harriman            Christopher’s and our                                  ing St. Christopher’s, he was
aged Sustainable Long Island’s Program         Research and Technology Park. She also            students.”                               a program support specialist at the New Jer-
Department, overseeing the revitalization of   worked with the Governor’s office to devel-            Morrison, a 20-year professional in sey Department of Human Services.
seven communities and the organization’s       op and implement smart growth and sustain-
Brownfields Redevelopment Program. She         ability programs that are linked to the State’s
has spent nearly two decades developing        economic development. Rimmer was the

                                                                                                      See the latest PEOPLE everyday at
and managing programs that improve the         Executive Director of Residents for a More
quality of life for all people throughout a    Beautiful Port Washington and worked
region. As Director of the Fight For Fami-     closely to implement sustainable principals

                                                                                                      the NEW!
lies Coalition, she led an alliance of com-    with elected officials and the community.
munity-based organizations in an effort to     She has a Masters of City Planning from the
ensure that all Nassau County residents        University of Pennsylvania.
     18                                         New York Nonprofit Press                                                                                                  January 09

                      Union Square Awards                                                                                    WJCS’ Grossman Receives
                   Go to 17 Local Organizations                                                                             Zella Bronfman Butler Award
      Seventeen New York City organizations                                                                      Patricia Grossman, LCSW,                                 the developmentally disabled,”
were honored at the annual Union Square                                                                    has been recognized with the Zel-                              says Patricia Lemp, LCSW,
Awards celebration. Seven received the presti-                                                             la Bronfman Butler Award, which                                WJCS Assistant Executive Di-
gious Union Square Award and a $50,000 grant                                                               annually honors professionals for                              rector. “Throughout her 35-year
for exceptional efforts addressing the critical                                                            their commitment to enriching                                  career as a social worker, Pat’s
social and economic issues facing New York-                                                                the lives of children and adults                               creativity, dedication, compas-
ers. Ten received the Union Square Arts Award                                                              with physical, developmental                                   sion, foresight and knowledge
and a $35,000 grant in recognition of innovative                                                           and learning disabilities. Gross-                              about the special needs of devel-
work in the arts with youth and families in low-                                                           man is the Director of Outpatient Patricia Grossman            opmentally disabled individuals
income communities.                                                                                        Services for Individuals with De-                              have come together to signifi-
      “With minimal resources, these organiza-                                                             velopmental Disabilities at Westchester Jewish cantly enrich the lives of children and adults
tions are making extraordinary contributions to                                                            Community Services (WJCS).                      with disabilities.”
local neighborhoods. Given the current econom-                                                                   The Zella Bronfman Butler Award was es-        Under her direction, The WJCS Autism
ic situation, their work is vital to New York City,”         Iris Morales                                  tablished in 1998 by UJA-Federation of New Family Center was initiated in 2007, serving
says Executive Director Iris Morales.                                                                      York, in partnership with the J.E. & Z.B.Butler as an anchor for families of children diagnosed
      Named after the park on 14th Street                                                                  Foundation, and honors individuals who have with autism and providing ongoing support
where New Yorkers have organized and                                                                       made outstanding contributions in the field of and direction. Grossman’s skill, vision and
spoken out about major social issues since                                                                 special needs.                                  leadership have quickly made this Center a
the nineteenth century, the Union Square                                                                         “WJCS is fortunate and proud to have Pa- well-known and valued resource in Westches-
Awards program was created to recognize                                                                    tricia Grossman at the helm of our programs for ter County.
and encourage initiative in serving New
York City communities.
      This year’s awardees, who were rec-
ognized at a special ceremony at the his-                                                                                        GOSO’s Goldsmith Wins
toric Riverside Church in Manhattan, are as
follows:                                                                                                                           2008 Purpose Prize
                                                Leaders of the College and Community
Recipients of the Union Square Award:           Fellowship receive their award.                                  Mark Goldsmith, founder and Presi-            to achieve success once they are released.
• Adhikaar is a women-led organization                                                                      dent/CEO at New York City-based Getting            On their first day out, they receive clothing,
  that provides advocacy and social services to           quality criminal and civil legal representa-      Out Staying Out (GOSO), is one of six so-          metro cards, an electric alarm clock, an ID
  the Nepalese community in Queens.                       tion and social services to youth under 24        cial entrepreneurs from across the nation to       card and a brand new resume. They have what
• The College and Community Fellowship                    years old.                                        be honored with the 2008 Purpose Prize.            they need to be interviewed for a job. The re-
  provides educational and other re-entry pro-                                                                   The Purpose Prize, which includes a           cidivism rate for Rikers Island is 66 percent,
  grams that primarily serve formerly incar-           Recipients of the Arts Award are:                    $100,000 award, is part of the Encore Ca-          but fewer than 10 percent of Getting Out and
  cerated women.                                       • Cool Culture;                                      reers campaign which aims to engage mil-           Staying Out participants have returned on
• The Disabilities Network of New York City            • Freedom Train;                                     lions of baby boomers in encore careers            new charges since the program began.
  creates coalitions to build community, shape         • Girls Write Now;                                   which combine social impact and personal                  “In tough economic times, we need more
  policy and expand opportunity for New                • The Laundromat Project;                            meaning in the second half of their life. The      creative solutions to long-standing social
  Yorkers with physical, visual and hearing            • Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture without               Prize recognizes individuals over the age          problems,” said Marc Freedman, co-founder
  disabilities.                                            Borders;                                         of 60 for their creative and effective work        of The Purpose Prize. “It’s reassuring to note
• The New York State Youth Leadership Coun-            • The Multicultural Music Group;                     tackling problems ranging from poverty to          that as America ages, we have creativity in
  cil is a network of young advocates commit-          • Renaissance E.M.S.;                                pollution, recidivism to racial reconciliation,     greater abundance. Purpose Prize winners,
  ted to the advancement of immigrant youth            • Urban Word;                                        health care to homelessness.                        ranging in age this year from 61 to 72, show
  through leadership development and advo-             • Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls (Rock                    Goldsmith, a former cosmetics industry         that experience and innovation can go hand
  cacy.                                                    Camp);                                           marketing executive, founded GOSO in 2003           in hand, that inventiveness is not the sole
• Rights for Imprisoned People With Psychi-                 The Union Square Awards is a project of         after having volunteered to be “Principal for       province of the young.”
  atric Disabilities is a grassroots, direct ac-       the Tides Center and is made possible through        a Day” at the high school on Rikers Island.               Sherry Lansing, CEO of the Sherry
  tion organization working for the rights of          the contributions of an anonymous donor. Since       GOSO offers inmates coaching, life-skill            Lansing Foundation and former chair of
  prisoners and former prisoners with mental           its inception, the Union Square Awards has           instruction, educational guidance and job-          Paramount Pictures’ Motion Picture Group,
  illness.                                             granted more than $13 million to organizations       achievement support. Participants sign con-         chairs the jury that selected this year’s win-
• Vamos Unidos is a Bronx-based organiza-              that have not received either substantial funding    tracts the day they enter the program, agree-       ners. The 23 judges are leaders in business,
  tion founded by low-wage Latino/a immi-              or public accolade.                                  ing to attend school and be coached toward a        politics, journalism and the nonprofit sector
  grant workers, primarily street vendors who               More information about the Union Square         different life upon their release. The coaches,     — including actor Sidney Poitier, former
  organize for social and economic justice.            Awards and this year’s winners is available at       many of them former corporate executives,           presidential advisor David Gergen, former
• Youth Represent provides comprehensive,                               help prisoners to understand what it will take      Senator Harris Wofford and journalist Cokie
                                                                                                                                                                       The Purpose Prize award ceremonies
Goldberg Wins “Equity Champion” Award                                                                                                                            this year kicked off the first-ever Encore Ca-
                                                                                                                                                                 reers Summit on December 5-7 at Stanford
                                                                                                                                                                 University’s Graduate School of Business’
      Judith Goldberg, Director of the Initia-          ored women and organizations dedicated                                                                   Center on Social Innovation.
 tive for Women with Disabilities (IWD) Elly            to creating a more equitable society.
& Steve Hammerman Health & Wellness
Center at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases,
has been presented with the “Equity Champi-
                                                              Goldberg, who has devoted her en-
                                                        tire life to helping women with physical
                                                        disabilities, has a congenital disorder,
                                                                                                                                                                   NYNP who serve people
                                                                                                                                                                   serving people

on” award at the 2008 Equity Awards Dinner              osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone
hosted by the Equity Center at the Academy              disorder). She was recognized for her
for Educational Development (AED). The                  outstanding commitment and dedica-                                                                    Disability rights advocate, LeDerick Horne, joins
annual event held on November 20th at the               tion to improving the health and lives of                                                             NYPD Assistant Commissioner of Training Carol
Chelsea Piers Lighthouse in Manhattan, hon-             physically disabled women.                                                                            Ann Roberson and honoree Judith Goldberg.
January 09                                   New York Nonprofit Press                                                                                 19

                                                       EVENTS                                                                                      The Alcoholism Council of
                                                                                                                                                         NY is hosting a
                                                                                                                                                       “Forum Towards a
                                                                                                                                                      Drug-Free Bed-Stuy”,
                       HSC’s Annual Leadership Awards                                                                                               January 15th 2009 from
      Honor Eric Brettschneider, Mary Pender Greene, and Steven Newman                                                                             The Forum will take place
       The Human Services Council of New York City (HSC) honored three distinguished                                                               at The Restoration Plaza’s
 leaders who have made significant contributions to the human services sector as recipients                                                         Multipurpose Hall, 1368
 of the 2008 Leadership Awards during the13th annual Leadership Awards Reception, on
 Wednesday, December 17 at Mutual of America.
                                                                                                                                                   Fulton Avenue, Brooklyn,
       Eric Brettschneider, Special Advisor to the Commissioner, New York State Office of                                                         NY 11216. Everyone in the
 Children and Family Services; Mary Pender Greene, Assistant Executive Director, Jewish                                                            community, including vol-
 Board of Family and Children’s Services; and Steven Newman, Chief Operating Officer,
 Public Health Solutions, were recognized for their significant and sustained contributions to                                                             unteers and
 the human services sector.                                                                                                                        contributors are welcome
                                                             For over 16 years, HSC has          Ellen Rautenberg, Steven Newman (Honoree);              to participate.
                                                       been the organized voice of the           Joyce S. Johnson, Michael Stoller
                                                       not-for-profit human service sector                                                        For information, please call
                                                       in New York City. HSC promotes                                                                     our office at
                                                       the collective interests of more than                                                         212-252-7001, Ext. 133.
                                                       160 not-for-profit human service
                                                       federations, umbrella organizations,                                                       This event is supported by:
                                                       advocacy groups, and direct service                                                         Bed-Stuy YMCA, Brooklyn
                                                       providers and the vulnerable clients
                                                       they serve. By working to strengthen
                                                                                                                                                   Library, Community Board
                                                       the human services sector, HSC                                                               3 and Lomax Consulting.
                                                       ensures that New Yorkers in need
   Mary Pender Greene and Michael Stoller,            continue to receive improved and           Eric Brettschneider (Honoree); Patricia White;
   HSC                                                sustained services.                        Michael Stoller, HSC.

      NYU Conference of Social Entrepreneurs on Measuring Social Impact
                                                      More than 150 entrepreneurs, investors, phi-
                                                lanthropists and academics turned out to explore
                                                the latest strategies and techniques for measuring
                                                an organization’s social impact at the Fifth Annual
                                                NYU Stern Satter Conference of Social Entrepre-
                                                neurs in November.
                                                      “As the field of social entrepreneurship
                                                matures, measuring impact remains a significant
                                                challenge for most organizations,” says NYU Stern
 Professor Jill Kickul, Director of the Stewart Satter Program in Social Entrepreneurship in
 Stern’s Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.                                                Michael Weinstein
       Keynote speaker Mark Kramer, founder and director of FSG Social Impact Advisors, cited
 evaluation and social entrepreneurship as the two keys to unlocking the future of the nonprofit
 sector. Kramer argued that the failure of classical philanthropy can be attributed to an inaccu-
 rate perception that problems can only be solved through the nonprofit sector, and the limited
 philanthropist mindset on how to achieve social change.
       Blair Miller of the Acumen Fund moderated a discussion examining several current
 approaches to impact measurement with expert panelists from The Rockefeller Foundation,
 Center for What Works, Bridgespan and Robin Hood Foundation.
       Margot Brandenburg of The Rockefeller Foundation cited three critical steps to measuring
 impact: develop a methodology; create an institution to manage the process; and invest in a
 system that tracks results.
                                                                                                    Darell Hammond and Stewart Satter
       “Metrics cannot be avoided,” said panelist Michael Weinstein of the Robin Hood Founda-
 tion. He maintained that donors make decisions based on relative value and that every grant
 fights every other grant.
       The conference wrapped up with an awards ceremony, during which benefactor of Stern’s social enterprise program and member of
 Stern’s Board of Overseers Stewart Satter (Stern MBA ‘82) presented the NYU Stern Satter Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Darell
 Hammond, founder and CEO of KaBOOM!

 20                                         New York Nonprofit Press                                                                                                January 09

        SCO Family of Services Shepherd’s Ball                                                                            New York Foundling
                 Raises Vital Funds                                                                                  Gives Thanks to In-Kind Donors
      On Friday, November 14,
more than 460 guests attended                                                                              In the spirit of Thanksgiving, The New York
SCO Family of Services’ black                                                                        Foundling celebrated the generosity of its in-kind
tie gala, the Shepherd’s Ball.                                                                       donors at Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant on November
The theme of this year’s event                                                                       20th. More than 100 supporters of The Foundling
was “Connected to Com-                                                                               gathered to usher in the holiday season and share
munity…Making a Difference                                                                           The Foundling’s commitment to caring for the most
Together”. It showcased the im-                                                                      vulnerable children and families in the City.
portance of community involve-                                                                             Each year, The Foundling receives more than $1
ment in making a difference                                                                          million of in-kind donations from companies, agencies,          Chuck Caputo, (l.) Director of
in the lives of the children and                                                                     scout troops, schools, volunteers, and individuals - a          The New York Foundling’s
families that SCO serves.                                                                            source of generosity that is particularly valued during         Vincent J. Fontana Center for
                                                                                                     these challenging economic times - as well as Mickey            Child Protection and Frank Vil-
      The Shepherd’s Award,          Shepherd’s Ball Co-Chair Stephen Tyree, 2008                                                                                    lano, Owner, Solera Restaurant
SCO’s highest honor, was             Shepherd’s Award recipients Joseph and Daryl Boren,                                                      Mantle’s, which
presented to Joseph and Daryl        Shepherd’s Ball Co-Chair Vincent DeLaurentis and                                                         provides a festive and New York Foundling Board
                                                                                                                                                                     Member and Benefactor.
Boren for their generosity and       SCO Family of Services Executive Director Robert                                                         backdrop for nu-
commitment to SCO’s mission.         McMahon at the 2008 SCO Shepherd’s Ball.                                                                 merous Foundling
                                                                                                                                              events throughout the year.
      “To see so many people
coming together to support our mission, especially during these difficult economic times, is truly                                                  “The generosity of our in-kind donors makes all
inspirational,” Robert J. McMahon, SCO Family of Services Executive Director.                                                                 the difference in helping families in crisis feel safe and
                                                                                                                                              secure”, said Mimi Lox, Director of The Foundling’s
      Festivities held throughout the evening included dinner, dancing, a silent auction and
                                                                                                                                              Maria Lucadamo Crisis Nursery. “For example, one of
a casino. The 2008 Shepherd’s Ball raised nearly $500,000, making it one of SCO’s most               Mimi Lox (l.), Director of The           our long-time supporters, Baby Buggy, donates diapers,
successful events ever.                                                                              Foundling’s Maria Lucadamo
                                                                                                                                              clothing and emergency supplies so we can ensure that
      Founded in 1897, SCO helps families devastated by poverty, children suffering from             Crisis Nursery, with Nura Pour-
                                                                                                     sharif, Program Director, Baby           families who come to us in crisis can leave with adequate
abuse and neglect, children and adults with developmental challenges, and homeless                                                            supplies to care for their infants and toddlers.”
families. SCO also provides innovative after-school programs, schools for children and
teens with special needs, and nationally recognized parental support programs

                                                                                                              HeartShare’s 20th Annual Tree Festival
                                                                                                                        Benefits Children

BRONX SPACE FOR LEASE                                                                                      Children in HeartShare Human
                                                                                                     Services of New York’s foster care
                                                                                                     program and preschool and school-
                                                                                                     age programs for children with
    IDEAL FOR OFFICE, NON-PROFIT, SCHOOL,                                                            autism and other developmental
                                                                                                     disabilities benefited from its 20th
              DAYCARE, MEDICAL                                                                       Annual Tree Festival. The Festival
                                                                                                     Closing Party was held at the El
    1872 East Tremont Avenue (White Plains Road)                                                     Caribe Country Club in Brooklyn,
          up to 50,000 square feet divisible from 3000 sq. ft.                                       and, once again, raised thousands
         7000 sq. ft. pre built with parking and ADA approved                                        of dollars for HeartShare programs
                                                                                                     in Brooklyn and Queens.
         3000 Jerome Avenue (Bedford Park Blvd.)                                                           Party goers – including New       State Senator Marty Golden
                                                                                                     York State Senator Marty Golden
         up to 20,000 square feet divisible from 10,000 sq. ft.
                                                                                                     (shown in photo at right) and celebrities Tony
         Build to suit, across from Lehman College & #4 Train                                        Sirico and Dan Grimaldi of The Sopranos and
                                                                                                     Emmy-winner Linda Dano – showed their sup-
           257 East 187 Street (Grand Concourse)                                                     port of HeartShare’s efforts. During the evening
               up to 30,000 square feet 6000 sq. ft. per floor                                       there was a live auction of designer-decorated
                         elevatored, build to suit                                                   Christmas trees and a silent auction of auto-
                                                                                                     graphed ornaments from today’s hottest celebri-
                                                                                                     ties, including: Harrison Ford, Kyra Sedgwick
           2403 Grand Concourse (Fordham Road)                                                       and Kevin Bacon, Whoopie Goldberg, Christina
           8000 sq. ft. pre built as pre-school/day care                                             Aguilera, Paula Dean, and more. Teddy bears
  classrooms, offices, kitchen, outdoor play area, ADA approved                                      clothed by renowned designers Kleinfeld and
                                                                                                     Sara Oh/Esme Loungewear, among others, were
             950 Westchester Avenue (Kelly Street)                                                   also auctioned off silently.
        New Construction, up to 27,000 sq. ft., 9000 per floor                                             During the evening, 10 designer-decorated
             #2 or #5 Train on corner, ADA approved                                                  trees were won at a live auction by those in at-
                                                                                                     tendance. The Twas the Night Before Christmas
                                                                                                     tree, sponsored by Prudential Financial, was
                                  Please call me.                                                    the highest bid at $1,500. An additional 10 trees
                                                                                                     were on display at National Grid in downtown
                                            Gerald                                                   Brooklyn. The Festival was made possible by
                                   212 541 6050                                                      the help of nearly 50 volunteers.
January 09                                             New York Nonprofit Press                                                                                                                                  21

                  GRANTS                                                                                                                          JOBS
FROM NEW YORK LIFE FOUNDATION                                                              Health Revenue Manager, Health Services                                               Jewish Child Care Association
                                                                                        Position Summary:                                                                             Bronx/Brooklyn NY
      The Children’s Aid Society has received a two-year, $450,000 grant from           Under the supervision of the Director of the Health Services Division, the
the New York Life Foundation. This grant will increase the number of youth              Manager of Health Revenue is responsible for overseeing a complex and
                                                                                        comprehensive fiscal system for all insurance and patient revenue for the
                                                                                                                                                                         Health Care Integrator
served by the Next Generation Center in the South Bronx. The Next Generation
Center offers services to youth in foster care who are facing the transition into
                                                                                        Health Services Division.                                                                (MSW)
                                                                                        Illustrative Examples of Work:
adulthood, including educational help, financial management training and leader-        • Responsible for generating detailed claims regarding insurance billing
                                                                                                                                                                      Work directly with the Severely Emotionally Disturbed (SED) and
ship in a safe environment. The center will now be able to serve 700 14-to-24-             vis-à-vis Medicaid, Medicaid Managed Care, FC Contract Agencies,           Developmentally Disabled (DD) child and family/caregiver to de-
year-olds served per week.                                                                 MC Contracts and commercial insurance billing as well as Clinic Fees       termine the need for and the appropriate provision of intensive
                                                                                           that maximize CAS earnings.                                                services to maintain that child in the community. We seek a profes-
      This is the second grant The Children’s Aid Society has received from the         • Prepares monthly insurance and patient-related estimates for the CAS        sional to participate in overall quality management of the Bridges
New York Life Foundation, which funded the Next Generation Center in 2006                  Fiscal Office.                                                             to Health (B2H) program. Assess the need for services, link the
with an initial grant of $102,000. As a result, membership grew to 300 from 20          • Prepares year-end analyses of health revenue and AR for all clinics.        child and family/caregiver to the identified services, and monitor the
youth per week.                                                                         • Completes appropriate revenue, visit and other data sections of             waiver service providers’. Stabilize the environment for the child
                                                                                           government and private funding reports.                                    and caregiver, and advocate for the child’s needs. Coordinate the
      “We are delighted that the New York Life Foundation has continued to fund         • Responsible for ensuring that all the Division’s billing systems are
our program, which will now provide more youth who are ‘aging out’ of the foster                                                                                      constellation of services and providers to meet specific needs of
                                                                                           in compliance with all applicable State, Federal and local laws and
                                                                                                                                                                      each enrolled child.
care system with the information and skills to become responsible, self-sufficient         regulations, such as HIPAA and NYS Medicaid regulations.
adults in a safe environment,” said C. Warren Moses, Chief Executive Officer            • Supervises and provides guidance to a staff consisting of billing clerks.   LMSW preferred. Must have a minimum of one year of experience
at The Children’s Aid Society. “The support these young adults receive is life-         • Responsible for weekly and monthly clinic utilization and fiscal reports.   providing service coordination and information, linkages, and refer-
                                                                                        • Maintains all fiscal systems and reports in accordance with GAAP            rals for community-based services to children with special needs,
changing and not simply a quick fix. They will use the skills they learn for the rest      and the policies and procedures issued by the CAS Fiscal and Health
of their lives.”                                                                                                                                                      individuals with disabilities, or seniors. Must have solid organiza-
                                                                                           Services Departments.
                                                                                                                                                                      tional and follow-up skills. Excellent telephone and interpersonal
     “We are pleased to continue this gratifying partnership and help more                Minimum Qualifications and Experience:
                                                                                                                                                                      skills. Computer literacy and excellent writing skills. Bilingual/Span-
young people obtain the services they need to overcome the challenges that              • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance or related field.
                                                                                        • Five years’ related experience.
                                                                                                                                                                      ish preferred
come with transitioning out of the foster care system,” said Chris Park, president,     • Strong analytical, oral and written communication skills.                   If you would like to become part of a dynamic development team
New York Life Foundation. “The Next Generation Center provides an extensive
                                                                                          Please send cover letter and resume to:                                     please send resume, cover letter and salary requirement to:
range of services to make a successful transition to independent living.”                                  Carole Genzer
                                                                                                           Health Services                                            Jewish Child Care Association
                                                                                                      The Children’s Aid Society                                      120 Wall Street New York, NY 10005
                                                                                                         150 East 45th Street                                         Attn: Mr. R. Luyando
                                                                                                        New York, NY 10017                                            Email:
SAINT DOMINIC’S RECEIVES GRANT                                                                          Fax: (212) 986-9635                                 
FROM HACKETT FOUNDATION                                                                        Email:
                                                                                              Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
       Saint Dominic’s Home has received a $293,275 grant from The Hackett
                                                                                                            NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE!
Foundation which is being put to a variety of uses. The grant has allowed                                                                                             ABBOTT HOUSE, an innovative multi-service childcare agen-
purchasing new supplies and equipment , paying for a new Early Childhood                                                                                              cy, seeks the following:
Room/Sensory Integration Center and a Life Skills Training Program, and
significant improvements in the school’s library, music program, playground and
                                                                                        Program: East New York Child Placement Prevention Program                            SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISOR
gymnasium/multipurpose center.                                                                                                                                        *Bronx or Montgomery (Orange County), NY* LMSW/LMSW
                                                                                               Community Health Nurse                                                       eligible. Supervisory experience + minimum 3 years
      “It would have been impossible for us to do what we are now able to do
for the students without these private foundation funds,” said Judith D. Kydon,
                                                                                                      (CHN)                                                                  postgraduate experience in child welfare required.
                                                                                        Responsible to: Program Director                                               Will supervise social workers and child care staff, and ensure
Executive Director of Saint Dominic’s Home. “Representatives from The Hackett
                                                                                                                                                                                compliance with NYS foster care regulations.
Foundation have been at the school to see the before and now we are eager to            Experience needed: Child Development assessment /equipment and
have the back to see the after impact of their grant. We are forever indebted to        charts Scales, hearing equipment, Doppler, Leicester Height Mea-
them for their generous contribution.”                                                  sures, Urinalysis, Vision charts, Specimens, digital camera, Develop-                           SOCIAL WORKER
                                                                                        mental Toys and play equipment, Aids and adaptations, Treatment                       *Bronx, Westchester, or Dutchess NY*
      The grant has not only made an immediate difference in enhancing the              equipment                                                                     LMSW/LMSW eligible. Provide services to families and children.
quality of education for children at St. Dominic’s, but will also play a key role in                                                                                             Foster care experience preferred.
                                                                                        Applications: Community Health Nurse Team Assessment tools and
helping the school to increase its enrollment by 20 – 25 percent over the next          records, Joint assessment tools and maintaining case records with
year or so, explains Kydon.                                                             social work and preventive workers, Personally generated notes,                                    CASEWORKER
                                                                                        Electronic and paper record systems, Intranet                                  *Bronx, NY* Minimum BA degree in human services required.
                                                                                        Qualifications:                                                                           Foster care experience a strong plus.
                                                                                        Registered Practitioner

                                                                                        Community nursing Qualification
                                                                                        1st Degree
                                                                                                                                                                                  RESIDENCE MANAGER
                                                                                                                                                                           *Spring Valley, NY* BA degree in human services or a
FOR EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP SERVICES                                                       Per Diem / Temporary position: Beginning in January 1, 2009 and               HS Diploma and at least one year exp. in a supervisory capacity
                                                                                        ending June 30, 2009                                                           in a community based residential program for developmentally
      The Support Center for Nonprofit Management has received an $80,000
                                                                                             Fax resumes to attention Ms. Robinson                                      disabled required. Responsible for supervision, coordination
grant from JP Morgan Chase to help the growing number of nonprofit organiza-
                                                                                                      at (718) 647-2485                                                               and overall operation of the ICF.
tions experiencing executive leadership transition. The grant will help fund the
Support Center’s Executive Leadership Services program, which addresses key
issues including, succession and transition planning, organizational assessment,                                                                                      ASSISTANT RESIDENCE MANAGERS
Interim Executive Leader (IEL) placement and executive and board coaching.                                                                                             OMRDD - *Port Chester, Elmsford, or Cortlandt Manor, NY*
                                                                                                                                                                            HS, degree a plus. Two years exp. with MRDD
     Jenny Lam Low, community relations manager for Chase in Manhattan,                                                                                                                 consumers required.
presented the check to the Support Center’s Executive Director, Don Crocker,
and Board Members, G. Angela Henry and Bill Falahee.                                           NYNP Seeks Bloggers!                                                        OMH - *Pleasantville, NY* HS + 3 yrs child care
                                                                                                                                                                                        experience required.
      “Chase understands the necessity for programs that offer a comprehensive
                                                                                               New York Nonprofit Press is seeking
strategic executive transition approach to ensure the long-term health, stability                                                                                       (OMRDD) DIRECT CARE WORKERS
and success of nonprofit organizations,” Ms. Low stated.                                           members of the nonprofit human                                               * Bronx, Westchester, or Rockland, NY *
      “This is a major commitment by Chase and demonstrates their commit-                      services community – social workers,                                       HS diploma required, degree preferred. Must have min.
                                                                                                                                                                                   one year exp., preferably in OMRDD.
ment to making a positive difference in our communities,” said Crocker. “The                    direct care professionals, counselors,
Support Center serves more than 1,500 nonprofit organizations each year                           fundraisers, consumers, executive
through its consulting, transition management, and professional development                                                                                           Valid driver’s license & car required. Competitive salary &
services. This grant will go a long way toward supporting the leadership of com-
                                                                                             directors, etc. – to share their day-to-day                              benefits. EOE. Send/fax resume to: 914 591 9435, HR Dept.
munity development, education, and arts and culture nonprofits during difficult                experiences, insights and perspectives                                 ABBOTT HOUSE
transitions in our changing environment.”                                                     with our readers at the new www.nynp.                                   100 N. Broadway
       The grant will enable the Support Center to subsidize the costs of execu-              biz website. Interested? Contact Fred                                   Irvington NY 10533
tive transition services and professional development services, allowing for a                                                                                        Email:
                                                                                                      Scaglione, Editor, NYNP                                         Fax: (914) 591-9435
sliding fee scale related to the size and budget of the organization served. It will
also support training sessions and conferences promoting dialogue about new
                                                                                             at or call 888-933-6967.                                 Visit us at
ways of servicing our communities given the realities of our current economy.
   22                                               New York Nonprofit Press                                                                                                                    January 09

            JOBS                                                                           JOBS                                                                            JOBS
                                                                         Social Services Opportunities

  The Center for Urban Community Services, a national

  leader in the development of effective housing and service initia-
  tives for homeless people seeks professionals for the following
                                                                                                                Build A Better Future
  positions located in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx:                                                 ...For Yourself As Well As Others

                                                                           As a leading provider of residential and support services to individuals with special needs, Services for the UnderServed provides the
                                                                           resources you need to build on your experience amidst our culture of team support. Ongoing training and attention to your
  • CASE MANAGERS                                                          development help to ensure your success. Your achievements and leadership are rewarded by advancement opportunities.

  • REHABILITATION SPECIALISTS                                                                Our rewarding opportunities include the following:

  • SOCIAL WORKERS                                                                                 DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES SERVICES:
                                                                                              Throughout: Queens, NY • Brooklyn, NY • The Bronx, NY

  Bilingual Spanish/English preferred. Competitive salary and                       ASSISTANT                                                 SHIFT
  benefits. CUCS is committed to workforce diversity. EEO.                      PROGRAM MANAGERS                                           SUPERVISORS

  For a complete list of jobs and full descriptions, visit our
  website:                                                                                     MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES:
                          CUCS/Admin                                                    PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS: FULL-TIME
             198 E 121ST Street New York, NY 10035                                                 With our Division for People Living With AIDS

                                                                                                                   The Bronx, NY

                                                                                PROGRAM MANAGERS • HIV-AIDS SERVICES
                                                                                                                     Brooklyn, NY

                                                                               SRO BILINGUAL INTERVENTION SPECIALISTS
              Director of Finance

                                                                                                With Bilingual Fluency in Spanish and English a Must
                                                                                                                   The Bronx, NY
Job Description:
 • On a monthly basis, reconcile accounts and prepare monthly
   financial reports in accordance with GAAP.                               We offer attractive compensation. Full-Time employees enjoy comprehensive benefits including:
                                                                                     •Medical/Dental/Prescription/Vision/Life Insurance •401(k) •Credit Union
 • Ensure records of expenditures, income and financial institution
                                                                                             •FSAs •Short-and-Long-Term Disability •Transportation Plan
   transactions suitable for audit are maintained.
                                                                                                       •Generous Paid Vacations and Holidays

 • Provide direction and leadership to finance staff
 • Prepare and explain variance analyses and trend analyses and                         Learn more about and apply for our available opportunities by visiting
   make recommendations for improvement.                                                
 • Prepare for the annual audit and work with external auditors.
                                                                            Equal Opportunity Employer                                        
 • Submit timely reports on 403(b)
Responsibilities include:
• Ensuring timely preparation, integrity and accuracy of internal

                                                                                EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - NYC
   and external financial reports, including periodic financial state-                                                                                                                        Psychiatric Social Worker,
   ments, Forms 990, annual report financials.                                                                                                                                                        Part time
• Monitoring of annual operating budgets in collaboration with the
                                                                                                                                                                                         The Service Program for Older People, Inc.
   CFO                                                                                                                                                                                   (SPOP) is an innovative geriatric mental health
• Interacting effectively with external auditors                                                                                                                                         agency in Manhattan. We are seeking a Psychi-
• Overseeing the day-to-day accounting functions, including gen-                                                                                                                         atric Social Worker to provide integrated mental
   eral ledger maintenance.                                                                                                                                                              health treatment in client’s homes and at host sites
                                                                                                                                                                                         in Manhattan. Part-time position to work approxi-
• Overseeing and managing internal control function.                                                                                                                                     mately 20 hours a week. Position requires LCSW
Qualifications:                                                                                                                                                                          with strong clinical skills. Spanish speaking pre-
                                                                                                                                                                                         ferred. Competitive salary; excellent supervision.
• Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance. CPA preferred.
• Minimum of seven to ten years of progressively responsible pro-                                                                                                                              Resume: Elizabeth Figueroa, LCSW
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Director of Outreash
   fessional accounting and managerial experience required. Pre-                                                                                                                                              SPOP
   vious public auditing experience preferred, prior not-for profit                                                                                                                               302 West 91st Street, 2nd Floor
   experience a plus.                                                                                                                                                                                  New York, NY 10024
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.                                                                                                                                                     Fax: (917) 441-7421
• Credibility, leadership and integrity, capable of generating a high
   degree of respect and trust from trustees, senior management,
   and subordinates.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, with ability to develop effective                                                                                                                                 JOB DEVELOPER
   internal and external relationships.                                                                                                                                                 The Mental Health Association of New York
• Significant depth and understanding of US GAAP required.                                                                                                                              City, Inc. is currently seeking to fill the following
• Able to motivate and develop personnel within the Finance and                                                                                                                         position: Job Developer
   Accounting department.                                                                                                                                                               Responsibilities include: Developing Employ-
• Ability to prioritize and complete assignments accurately, in a                                                                                                                       ment Assessment at a 30 day and 60 day interval,
   timely manner.                                                                                                                                                                       developing a networking within a work internship
                                                                                                                                                                                        placement network within the Bronx business com-
MercyFirst is a large social services organization. Our headquar-                                                                                                                       munity, development and implementation of job
                                                                                                                                                                                        readiness workshops, overseeing the Summer
ters (& this position) is located in Syosset, LI, NY. Our mission
                                                                                                                                                                                        Youth Employment Program (SYEP), caseload en-
is helping children and families recover from the effects of child                                                                                                                      tries on a bi weekly basis for program participants,
abuse, neglect, domestic violence, substance abuse, & traumatic                                                                                                                         responsible for securing job internships placements
events. We offer a competitive salary & excellent benefits including                                                                                                                    for program participants.
medical, dental, life, pension, 4 weeks vacation, sick, personal and                                                                                                                    Qualifications: BA required, computer lierate a
holiday time. Excellent opportunity.                                                                                                                                                    must, bilingual a plus. Applicants should have 2
                                                                                                                                                                                        to 5 years experience and be comfortable working
   Email to                                                                                                                                                       with adolescnets with mental health issues. Salary
    Fax to 516-496-3690 Or apply                                                                                                                                                        commensurate with experience plus full benefits
     online                                                                                                                                                       package. Please e-mail resume and cover letter

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                   JOBS                                                                    JOBS                                                                                      JOBS
 INDEPENDENCE RESIDENCES, INC.                                                     DIRECT CARE COUNSELORS                                                                 DIRECT CARE COUNSELORS
 Full time positions available with extra earning
                                                                                                       F/T, P/T, Overnight & Relief                                     Southern Westchester Non-Profit Mental Health Agency seeks F/T, P/
 opportunity available for talented individuals                                 Join our Team of Mental Health Professionals, providing housing and support to          T, Overnight, Relief & Weekend Direct Care Counselors with excellent
 with OMRDD experience to work in our IRA &                                     consumers in recovery from mental health & substance abuse. Counseling, crisis          interpersonal and communication skills to provide restorative services
 ICF residential group homes and within a vari-                                 intervention, daily living skills, training and medication oversight. Good driving      to recipients recovering from mental illness & substance abuse. Clean
 ety of programs working with developmentally                                   record and BA required. Nassau & Suffolk locations. Excellent benefit pack-             driver’s license/Car Req’d. Excellent benefits, 401K & tuition reim-
 disabled individuals. Join our commitment to                                   age, competitive salary. Fax resumes to: Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling           bursement. Competitive Salary. Fax salary requirements & resume to
 foster independence and quality care for the                                   (516) 396 0566 ATT: Rosemary Dillon                                                     Kathy (914) 835-8905 EOE
 people we support.

 -Associates Degree required; 3 years supervisory experience
                                                                                                                        RESOURCE DIRECTORY
                                                                                                    REAL ESTATE                                                              STRATEGIC PLANNING
 -Part time & on-call positions providing respite services to family
 members in their home supporting individuals with DD                                                                                                                 The Institute for Family Wealth Counseling
                                                                                       FAR ROCKAWAY, NY
 EMERGENCY RESPITE – BROOKLYN &                                                    & FIVE TOWNS, LONG ISLAND                                                                                              David W. Stern
 NASSAU COUNTY                                                                  1600 CENTRAL AVE- 1st floor , 6000 sq. ft. available in modern                                                        Business Development
 -On-call positions available to provide crisis services to families who       elevatored building, recently built out, reception area, offices, con-                                                        Consultant
 support an individual in their home with DD                                    ference room, men/women bathrooms-formerly used by F.E.G.S                                          230 Park Ave., Tenth Fl., NY, NY 10169
                                                                                .Many other non profit tenants in building,good electric and hvac                             4 Campus Drive, Second Floor, Parsippany, NJ 07054
 Valid NYS Driver License required. AMAP, SCIP-R, CPR &                                                                                                              Cell: 312-636-0099, Main 212-807-5728 Email:
 First Aid certifications preferred but we will provide training.                                   systems, parking on site,                                                     Website: www.the
                                                                                  can be incorporated with sub level to expand to 12000 sq ft
 Please send resume indicating position of interest to:
                                                                                       call 718-375-9210            call 917-882-3404
 Human Resources Department                                                                       email
 Fax: (718) 805 – 2711; or E-mail:
                                                                               Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corp.
                                                                               (WHEDCo) has 4 ground floor commercial spaces available in
                                                                               new “green” building: 1,191 SF, 1,343 SF, 1,643 SF and 2,017 SF.
                                                                               Combining spaces possible. Some build out required. Perfect for
                 Senior Accountant                                             office/program or retail. Energy-efficient features plus green roofs,
 The Senior Accountant is a critical role within the Finance and Account-      large windows, lots of light. Close to trains, buses and highways.
 ing Department. In this role, the Senior Accountant will be responsible for   Rate: $2.08/SF/MTH. Please call Kerry at 718-839-1189 or e-mail
 the maintenance of financial data that supports effective management
 and decision making throughout the organization. The Senior Accoun-
 tant position will be responsible for recording financial transactions and
 preparing account analyses. The Senior Accountant will also be expected
 to optimize Financial Edge General Ledger and other module utilization
 while assisting in the preparation of monthly and annual reports. This
                                                                                For Sub-Lease: 3,000 SF Manhattan Office Space
 position reports to the Director of Accounting Operations.                    Available Immediately: Beautiful office space located on the 8th Floor                Management Consultants for Non-Profits
JOB DESCRIPTION                                                                of 214 W. 29th Street (between 7th & 8th Avenues) with its own sepa-
 • Day-to-day general accounting tasks as assigned.                            rate entrance accessible from the elevator lobby. The space has four (4)              Diminishing government support, dwindling funding...
 • Assist in the monthly financial closing process to ensure its integrity
    and timeliness.
                                                                               offices (3 with large windows), two (2) half-wall cubicle work stations, and
                                                                               room for two (2) additional cubicle work stations. Common areas include
                                                                                                                                                                                                               ...Sound familiar?
 • Perform assigned month end closing activities, such as journal en-          a small conference room, large conference room, copier/supply room,                   Let MMC's strong management team help you navigate the future with:
    tries, bank account reconciliations and account analysis.                  computer server room, kitchen, and restrooms. Short-term or long-term
 • Prepare and review supporting schedules related to monthly and an-          lease available. Asking $7,000 month, completely negotiable (includes
                                                                                                                                                                     Management Training Mentoring Transitional Planning
    nual financial statement closes process for specific signed accounts.      all utilities, office cleaning, insurance, and rubbish removal). For further             Periodic review and check-ups of your governance
 • Assist in monthly financial statement review.                               information, please contact Ernesto Vigoreaux at (212) 219-1618                           McCormick Management Consultants has years of experience
 • Investigate material variances in key income statement line items           Ext. 6144 or e-mail:                                       successfully leading non-profit organizations past financial roadblocks.
    from budget and prior periods, as requested.
 • Perform special analysis/research as required.                                                                                                                    Edward L. McCormick, MBE Certified ~ (845) 485-1502
 • Contribute to the external audit process by locating supporting docu-                                                                                    ~
    ments, preparing schedules, and answering inquiries.                          For Lease: 1,600 SF Bronx Office Space
 • Assist with preparation of data for external auditors.
 • Back-up for Payroll Administrator as needed.
                                                                               Available Immediately: Centrally located in the West Farms neighbor-                                MISCELLANEOUS
                                                                               hood of the Bronx, specifically at 2064 Boston Road and 179th Street.
 • Other duties as assigned.
                                                                               Space available is half of the First Floor (“right wing”), including four
 Education, Experience and Skills Required                                     (4) offices, two (2) large group rooms, and a private restroom. Com-
 • Minimum of 4 years related accounting experience.                           mon areas include a lobby with space for a receptionist. Asking $4,000
 • BS in Accounting and public accounting experience preferred.
                                                                               month, completely negotiable (includes all office cleaning, insurance,
 • Experience with Financial Edge or similar accounting software desir-
                                                                               and rubbish removal). Short-term or long-term lease available. For fur-
                                                                               ther information, please contact Ernesto Vigoreaux at (212) 219-1618
 • Proficient in Microsoft Office, specifically Excel.
                                                                               Ext. 6144 or e-mail:
 • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.
 • Excellent attention to detail.
 • Good time management skills.
 • Ability to plan and manage multiple projects.                                           SUBLEASE AVAILABLE
 • Must work well in a team environment.
                                                                                   SPACE:                        Part of the 12th Floor 10,353 sq ft
 MercyFirst is a large social services organization. Our headquarters              SUBLEASE TERM:                August 2011 (Direct deal possible)
 (& this position) is located in Syosset, LI, NY. Our mission is helping           RENTAL RATE:                  $38/square foot
 children and families recover from the effects of child abuse, neglect,           ELECTRICITY:                  Submetered
 domestic violence, substance abuse, & traumatic events. We offer a                POSSESSION:                   End of first Quarter ‘09
 competitive salary & excellent benefits including medical, dental, life,
 pension, 4 weeks vacation, sick, personal and holiday time. Excellent
                                                                                   SUBLESSOR:                    Bailey House                                        BJB Enterprises - Sign Language Interpreter Services
                                                                                 The space is built out with approximately 34 offices, cubicles,
 opportunity.                                                                                                                                                                                                      Contact Betty Banks
                                                                                two conference rooms, Eat in kitchen, internal bathrooms, large                      • Oral Motor Skills
    Email to                                                   reception area. The space is directly off the elevator.                                                                            (718) 263-3874
  Fax to 516-496-3690 Or apply online                                                         Call broker to schedule a showing.                                     • Deaf/Blind Consulting                         Cell 347-489-3733

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                                                                                  (212) 269-6126 x 106         (646) 286-3424 (Cell)
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