In My Backyard

Westchester County is blessed with great schools, transportation, business opportunities, and family amenities. But where is anyone to live? The low and moderate-income workforce that fuels Westchester’s economy—from the busboys clearing tables all the way to the teachers charged with educating our children—often live in counties to our north, New Jersey, Connecticut, and elsewhere and […]

Seeing the Good

The communities and people that Westhab serves often get a lot of negative labels: distressed, at-risk, high-need. The outward signs of poverty can be evident and do represent very real challenges. But that isn’t the whole picture. All communities have strengths and weaknesses. In poor communities, we choose to focus our lenses on the negative. […]

Getting Vetted

I started interning at Westhab as a college student while home from school in the summer. I worked with children in our family shelters. I loved it. I quickly learned that I wasn’t just different from the majority of the clients we served, I was also different in many ways from the majority of my co-workers. I was universally […]

A Long Commute

New York City and the larger metropolitan area have always been heralded for diversity. Take a ride on a New York City subway, and it’s likely you will hear more than one language and see people of various ages, races, ethnicities, and income brackets. But as Manhattan has gotten “cleaned up”—transforming “seedy” neighborhoods into more […]