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Community Development

Westhab works with local residents, businesses, government, and other nonprofits to improve the quality of life in the underserved neighborhoods where we build and preserve affordable housing. Based on the expressed needs of community members we provide free programs and services that enable individuals and families to gain skills and knowledge necessary to achieve their goals. In an effort to strengthen the community as a whole, we bring neighbors together to identify and prioritize local needs, connect with local leaders and develop solutions. We then help to marshal additional resources through collaborations with government and other nonprofit entities. We have obtained county, state and federal funding to address issues such as public safety, open space, public services, and local business development.

Community Resource Center – 49 East 3rd Street, Mount Vernon, NY – (914) 667-0638

Westhab’s 49 East 3rd Street Community Resource Center in Mount Vernon offers employment services, youth programs and service referrals for Mount Vernon’s south side community. Westhab’s Employment Services staff is based at this location, as is the staff of Westhab’s youth program, the PEAK Center. The Community Resource Center also serves as a meeting place for civic, social and community groups that come together on local issues such business development and youth advocacy.

Community Resource Center – 103 Elm Street, Yonkers, NY – (914) 968-7627

Westhab’s Elm Street Community Resource Center in the Nodine Hill neighborhood of southwest Yonkers is a welcoming site for information gathering, referrals, onsite services, and a wide range of programs designed to meet community members’ expressed needs. The center brings neighbors together to tackle issues of importance within the Nodine Hill community. The Center also works in concert with Westhab’s youth center just a few blocks away. Onsite services are provided by Westhab’s Employment Services team, our Community Organizer and our Community Services Advocate.

Coalition Work

There is great value in collaboration. Westhab takes part in a number of public and private coalitions and task forces working to create systemic change for populations in need. In Yonkers, Westhab leads the U.S. Department of Justice supported Weed & Seed Coalition, chairs the Drug Free Communities Coalition, and is in active participant on the NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services supported Juvenile Crime Enforcement Coalition (combating school truancy and juvenile delinquency) and the Yonkers Network (mental Health). In Mount Vernon, Westhab is actively involved with the Community That Cares coalition, the Truancy Reduction Task Force, and the Mount Vernon Network. Westhab is also a member of the Community Advisory Board for the Westchester Food Bank and Fathers Count (Re-entry service).

Westhab joins Yonkers Thrives Partnership
Westhab's President signs Yonkers Thrives Partnership Yonkers Thrives Partnership
Westhab is proud to be part of the City of Yonkers and Yonkers Public Schools Yonkers Thrives Initiative. Westhab President, Rich Nightingale, participates on the Thrives Leadership Council and was excited to sign the 'statement of shared commitment' along with other leaders from around the City.

He commented, "We recognize the urgent need for the entire community to band together to ensure the best possible educational services and support for our next generation of leaders." Nothing could be more central to Building Communities.Changing Lives. than investing in young people and providing opportunities and a path to life-long success.
Webster Bank Extends its Support to Westhab
Webster Bank Westhab Receives Grant from Webster Bank
John Habermann, Maria Freburg, and Nicholas Parisi make the presentation.
Westhab is grateful to be a longstanding partner of Webster Bank, an institution that truly prioritizes making an impact in the communities that they work. On September 17, members of the Bank joined Richard Nightingale at the Coachman Family Center to present a 2014 Community Development grant of $10,000. The grant will support Westhab's community building efforts in Westchester's most distressed neighborhoods. We commend Webster's commitment to our mission and appreciate the opportunity to continue our thriving partnership.

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