Join us on Thursday, October 3rd, 2019  

320 Park Avenue New York, NY | at 6:30 PM

We’re celebrating our 40th anniversary and honoring our courageous clients, partners, and you—and you’re invited. Together, we will continue to build futures, change lives, and empower communities. This life-changing evening will begin at 6:30PM with cocktails and dinner and will culminate with an exciting award ceremony and silent auction. We hope to see you there.  


We’re turning 40. That’s 40 years of building futures, changing lives, and empowering communities. We’ve come a long way from our humble beginnings in a small apartment in NYC, armed with nothing but a fierce passion to protect, strengthen, and organize a community of recent immigrants to the U.S.

Today, we at NMIC, still live by the same values but we’ve expanded our purpose to protect, strengthen, and empower NYC’s most vulnerable populations. Our aim has been, and still is, to be a catalyst for positive change in the lives of the over 14,000 individuals we serve annually. We do this through a range of services from providing support to domestic violence survivors, representing families facing eviction, to providing a young adult with the tools they need to jumpstart their career.

None of this would be possible without the help of our amazing sponsors and friends. You can support this critical work by becoming a sponsor today (sponsors get a journal ad included).





As we remember our past, we honor the present and build the future.

Join us for a walk down memory lane.


In March of 1979, NMIC opened its doors as a legal services organization on 181st Street and St. Nicholas Avenue with a staff of two attorneys and four community organizers. NMIC offered legal services to recent immigrants primarily from the Dominican Republic and at the time was the only organization offering free legal services in Northern Manhattan. In the first year, NMIC provided 12,000 people with free legal services, organized 50 buildings, helped repair 200 buildings, and formed five block associations.


NMIC’s first Neighborhood Patrol consisted of four community organizers who, along with newly empowered community members, formed tenant patrols, and engaged in block-watching and crime prevention sessions during tenant meetings in Washington Heights, Inwood and Marble Hill in response to a rising crime rate. In its first year in operation, 278 buildings were burglarized, including 36 stores, 14 schools, convents, and churches.


The Community Union of Washington Heights and Inwood or Union Communal was founded on July 15, 1990, under the name “Washington Heights Tenants Alliance” with the purpose of organizing and advocating for reforms that would improve the quality of life for primarily low-income Washington Heights and Inwood residents.


Tenants pose for a photograph after renovations are completed at NMIC’s very first development project located at 453 West 166 Street, New York, NY.


NMIC’s Director of Weatherization, Dan Rieber, gives the U.S Department of Energy a tour at a development site in 1994. Today, the Weatherization Department has expanded and continues to provide critical services to community members including housing upgrades that improve energy efficiency and an air-conditioning program that aids individuals with critical health conditions. For our communities, these programs create a lasting and positive impact on their health, financial well-being, and reduces adverse effects on the environment.


In 1997, NMIC introduced its Education Department in response to a growing need for free education-related programs in the areas of literacy, language proficiency and high school equivalency. NMIC’s Workplace Development program followed soon after, providing the community with free training services, workforce/job readiness training, career development and certification programs. In 2014, the two departments joined forces and became one, forming NMIC’s Education & Career Services Department.   


NMIC’s Domestic Violence Project was founded in 1998 in response to the rising number of domestic violence cases and the deaths of three women in Washington Heights. Today DVP is a survivor-centered program that creates a safe space to build community through weekly support groups, safety planning, counselling, access to social services and free legal support.


The tragic death of Gladys Ricart on her wedding day inspired the first Brides’ March in 2001. The event was co-founded by NMIC and partner organizations including the Dominican Women’s Development Center, the Violence Intervention Program, the Dominican Women’s Caucus and the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence. Today, the Brides March targets areas with high incident reports of DV.   


In 2012, NMIC developed its first worker cooperative ‘Ecomundo,’ a cleaning service founded by 16 women and a man from the Bronx and Manhattan. Today, they collectively own and operate a successful business that earns more than half a million dollars a year in revenue. In 2017, NMIC successfully organized its second worker cooperative, NannyBee (pictured above), which is the only childcare service owned and operated by nannies in Upper Manhattan.   


Facing increased displacement, many of our clients who were residents of Upper Manhattan moved to the Bronx but continued to be in need of our services. In response, NMIC opened a new Bronx office, which expanded our reach and allowed us to serve more of New York’s most vulnerable populations with free holistic services around housing, immigration legal services, and benefits. 

 2019 - NMIC TODAY

Today, NMIC serves over 14,000 people through more than 15 free services and programs, with a staff of over 120, four offices across the city and a stronger commitment to being a catalyst for positive change in the lives of many. 

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For More Information About The 2019 NMIC Benefit

Contact Director of Development, Rosanna Montilla-Payano at rosannamontilla@nmic.org or call 212-822- 8328.