Looking back at nearly three years of delivering essential services during a pandemic, the Westhab team has truly shown their commitment, resilience, and fortitude. Whatever comes our way, Westhab staff show up and deliver for our community, and I am truly grateful.
In fact, Westhab has been extremely busy building communities and changing lives this year in new and exciting ways. The Dayspring Campus in Yonkers is now bustling with energy and new programming. We opened transitional housing programs in Manhattan and the Bronx. We are finishing the construction of our first custom-designed, purpose-built shelter in Queens, with construction underway on two additional sites in Queens and Brooklyn. Hudson Hill affordable housing development in Yonkers will soon be topping off, and we cut the ribbon on Tremont Residence in the Bronx. We also launched a new after-school program in Riverdale, delivering free, quality services to elementary school students.
Life-changing work is happening every day. In November 2022, Westhab’s Employment Services reported the highest client job placements of any month in our history – 209 – putting Westhab well over 1,300 for the year. In the very same week, our Supportive Housing team shared the story of an individual moving into permanent housing after being homeless every night since 2014. He will spend the holidays at home.
We are proud to play our part in building a more equitable community where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. I appreciate the entire extended Westhab family – yes, you reading this now – whose partnership and belief in our mission help us deepen our impact.
Happy Holidays! Let us continue building communities and changing lives together.
Rich Nightingale, President & CEO of Westhab
To read more about what we have accomplished this year, and to hear the stories of the clients featured in the banner above, click here to read our 2021-2022 Impact Report.