SFC Gift to Henry Street Settlement Will Support Youth Services
Henry Street Settlement Receives Transformative Gift For Youth Services; COVID Recovery
New York, N.Y. —Henry Street Settlement, the social services, arts, and health care organization on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, has received one of the largest private program gifts in its 128-year history, to support youth and family services in the recovery from the pandemic.
Union Beer Distributors, a division of The Sheehan Family Companies, has committed a transformative three-year grant, which has been matched by a generous donor.
At a time when Henry Street’s predominantly low-income, vulnerable youth participants have faced disproportionate and devastating mental health, educational, and economic effects from the pandemic, this funding will enable Henry Street to strengthen its programming for young people ages zero to 24 and build integrated, wraparound services to address the complex family needs of our youth participants. Funding will support a broad array of Henry Street programming, which encompasses educational, mental health, homeless, workforce, and recreational services.
These grants will be specifically targeted to hiring social workers and mental health professionals in our youth-development programs; activity and enrichment specialists and teaching artists in our afterschool and arts programs; safety equipment and technology for our youth community centers; and college preparation and support.
Through this funding, Henry Street seeks to reverse the systemic challenges to youth and family wellbeing that have worsened during the pandemic. In the academic realm, low-income students have suffered from limited IT access for distance learning and lack of access to school-based supports as well as a multitude of psychological stressors stemming from social isolation, precarious housing situations, abuse or proximity to violence, and family unemployment.
“Henry Street Settlement’s continuum of programming addresses the effects of poverty and income inequality, limited educational opportunity, racial disparities, violence, mental health challenges, and environmental stressors—all of which have been deeply exacerbated by COVID-19,” says David Garza, president & CEO. “The Sheehan Family has a rare understanding of the resources needed to bring out the best in what it means to be a settlement house—to integrate services and provide wraparound support to young people across multiple dimensions of their lives.”
Funds from these grants will support programming across Henry Street’s spectrum of youth and family services, which include early childhood education, mental health care, services in three family shelters, a parent support center, afterschool and summer camp, middle school success, the Youth Opportunity Hub (a social and academic support program for disconnected youth), a unique youth self-government program, college preparation and support, a community school partnership, and job assistance for both youth and adults.
“There are few better ways to invest in our future than that of supporting the children of our communities,'' said Gerald Sheehan, Chairman of The Sheehan Family Companies. “We are proud to assist Henry Street Settlement as they provide exceptional support services and opportunities that empower youths to realize their full potential.”
Henry Street Settlement opens doors of opportunity for Lower East Side residents and other New Yorkers through social services, arts, and health care programs. Founded in 1893, the organization is distinguished by its commitment to listening to and learning from its neighbors—and then acting to meet the most pressing needs of our community. The Settlement offers more than 50 programs to people of all ages in the areas of Employment & Education, Transitional & Supportive Housing, Health & Wellness, Senior Services, and Visual and Performing Arts.
The Sheehan Family Companies (SFC) is a diversified network of beverage sales and distribution organizations with expertise in brand development, marketing, logistics, and customer service. We represent a wide array of the world’s finest breweries, wineries, distilleries, and non-alcoholic beverages. Through five generations of family ownership and over one hundred and twenty years in business, SFC has grown to be one of America’s largest beverage wholesalers, providing dynamic leadership and innovation to the marketplace. Since our founding in 1898, SFC’s have prioritized civic responsibility and giving back to our local communities. With this in mind, SFC is honored to support our communities through charitable giving and sustainability efforts, believing we are leading by example while helping set important foundations that will provide tremendous benefits for generations to come.