December 2023 – Notes from NMIC

In our final newsletter of the year, we’re excited to share touching stories and impactful initiatives illustrating NMIC’s dedication to our community. From the FPWA Gift & Toy Grant spreading joy among families affected by domestic violence to Latchme’s inspiring educational journey, your support has changed lives. Anyelisa’s experience underscores the transformative effect of programs like Promise NYC, easing financial struggles for families. Maria Lizardo and Brides’ March advocates persist in their fight against domestic violence, supported by Representative Adriano Espaillat’s words at the U.S. Capitol. Here’s to a year of remarkable impact and the promise of more in 2024. 

FPWA Toy Grant Brings Joy to Families Affected by Domestic Violence 

We have set our sights on transforming the holiday season for families impacted by domestic violence, courtesy of the FPWA Gift & Toy Grant. The initiative aims to impact the lives of children whose parents are receiving assistance through NMIC’s Domestic Violence Project (DVP) by providing them with gift cards. Beyond simply distributing gifts, this effort emphasizes restoring autonomy and choice to these families, offering flexibility in purchasing gifts and alleviating the stress of holiday financial burdens. 

Research underscores the importance of positive childhood experiences in mitigating the impact of adverse ones, contributing significantly to a child’s development and overall well-being. In tandem with NMIC’s existing programs focusing on family bonding and cultural affinity groups, the grant adds a tangible resource to empower families during the holidays. The support garnered from initiatives like the FPWA Toy Grant symbolizes more than just material gifts; it represents encouragement, hope, and support in the healing journey.  

Clic aquí to learn more about NMIC’s DVP. 

Meet Latchme 

None of us envision a future where we find ourselves wrestling with the challenge of making ends meet or following our dreams. Yet, this is a reality that once cast a shadow over the life of a remarkable young individual in our community—meet Latchme. Latchme’s journey at NMIC began just six months ago!  

Educational disparities weigh heavily, especially on immigrant, Black, and Latine youth in NYC, where high school dropout rates are 50% higher than those demographics. Latchme, like many others, found herself at the crossroads of this challenging reality. However, with your support, she discovered a path that led to empowerment and hope. Latchme joined our Adult Education Program in January 2023, and just six months later, this past summer, she earned her General Equivalency Diploma.  

At NMIC, we provide free classes for students who do not have a high school degree. Grateful for the journey, Latchme shared, “Thank you. If it wasn’t for my amazing teachers, I couldn’t have done it.” She never envisioned herself navigating non-traditional educational paths to success. But through NMIC’s skilled teachers and your generosity, Latchme not only found her way but also unlocked a world of possibilities. NMIC became more than an educational platform for Latchme; it became a source of unwavering support and empowerment. Through your contributions, she not only acquired valuable skills but also the confidence to continue her educational journey.  

Your support can help others like Latchme restart their journey. Clic aquí to make a donation today. 

NMIC’s ‘Soothe & Sip’ Event: A Relaxing Pre-Holiday Staff Celebration 

We are grateful to our incredible team at NMIC for their invaluable contributions and dedication to our community. Recognizing the indispensable role each member plays in our success, we’re excited to announce our upcoming “Soothe & Sip” Holiday De-Stress Celebration. This special event promises an afternoon devoted to relaxation and unity. The event will have a charming pop-up Barista Bar Cart featuring an array of coffees, teas, and hot chocolate, complemented by professional chair massages. As we approach the NMIC winter break, this gathering is designed to offer a well-deserved pause and a chance for our team to connect. 

Anyelisa’s Transformative Journey with Promise NYC 

Anyelisa, a mother within our community, aspired to keep her kids in their childcare programs. She struggled with affording childcare for her children. Her childcare provider, empathetic to her financial situation, offered reduced rates temporarily. However, the financial strain became too burdensome for her provider, prompting fears that Anyelisa might have to withdraw her children. Fortunately, she was referred by her provider to apply for Promise NYC, a program funded by New York City that covers the cost of childcare for families who are ineligible for federally funded subsidized childcare due to their immigration status.  

“When I was approved for Promise NYC, I was so happy that I could cry! I am happy with the childcare program that my children are attending, and I’m glad that they could stay. My kids are happy with the childcare program, and their happiness is mine,” Anyelisa told us. 

With the support of Promise NYC, Anyelisa no longer feels the suffocating weight of financial strain, marking an end to the struggle to make ends meet for her family.  

Clic aquí to learn more about Promise NYC. 

Cafecito con Maria 

Earlier this month, Maria Lizardo and other advocates from Brides’ March including representatives from DWDC, VIP, Steps to End Family Violence-The Truman HS RAPP Program, The Ricart Family, and Josie Ashton, founder of the Brides’ March, made the trip to Washington D.C. to honor Gladys Ricart’s legacy and continue to fight for increased protection for survivors of domestic violence around the country. Representative Adriano Espaillat hosted the event at the U.S. Capitol.  

We march on September 26th each year to remember Gladys Ricart, a beloved mother and sister, and all the lives tragically lost to domestic violence on the anniversary of her murder. The life of Gladys Ricart was cut short by the hands of her abusive former boyfriend on what should have been her wedding day. We continue to march every year to honor the life of Gladys Ricart and all those impacted by domestic violence, distribute bilingual information about domestic violence to communities along the marching path, and to inspire other neighborhoods throughout the nation to organize marches that bring visibility to survivors. 

“We will not rest until Gladys Ricart’s story is told across America and is a thing of the past. We will continue to fight against domestic violence to prevent it. Every state of the union must have a code of laws against domestic violence, and we will always remember Gladys Ricart,” stated Rep. Espaillat during his floor remarks.  

Clic aquí to listen to Rep. Espaillat’s floor remarks on Gladys Ricart and Brides March.

NMIC in the News

  • On December 11th, City & State NY released the Responsible 100, a selection of selfless New Yorkers serving the common good. NMIC’s Executive Director, Maria Lizardo, was among the honorees. Click aquí to see the full list.
  • Last month, NMIC partnered with DoorDash to give Thanksgiving turkeys to 210 families in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx facing food insecurity this holiday season. Click aquí to read more. 

Observances

  • December 10, Human Rights Day 
  • December 18, International Migrants Day 
  • December 22-January 1, Winter Holiday
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