Benefit & Finance
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.
Click here to learn more about NMIC’s DVP.
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. Click here 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.
Click here 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.
Click here 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 here 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 here to read more.
- December 10, Human Rights Day
- December 18, International Migrants Day
- December 22-January 1, Winter Holiday
Autumn’s arrived in NYC, and with it, our latest newsletter brimming with updates and inspiring stories. First, we will delve into our ongoing efforts to ensure EBT restitution, a vital issue that needs our attention. Next, we share a remarkable journey from Elias, who was an unaccompanied minor and recently became a lawful permanent resident – it’s truly inspiring. Later, we discuss an exciting cultural-exchange between NMIC staff and members of Der Paritaetische, a group of social workers and practitioners based in Germany.
And that’s not all- we are elated to announce West Harlem Development Corporation’s new grant awarded to NMIC, reinforcing our commitment to making a positive impact in CD9 community members’ lives. Lastly, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), a time to illuminate the importance of raising awareness and supporting survivors.
We extend our heartfelt thanks for joining us on this journey toward a brighter future for all.
Empowering Communities: Ensuring EBT Restitution in NYC
Families across the city have encountered a troubling issue as they visit their local grocery stores with Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, which hold their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, only to discover that their funds have vanished. According to Pix11, City Officials estimate that approximately 22,000 EBT thefts have occurred in NYC. In response to this urgent problem, the city has launched an online portal to provide thousands of New Yorkers with a means to file their claims.
We are proud to partner with the Department of Social Services to offer financial restitution to victims who have had their SNAP benefits wrongfully taken from them. Recognizing that not everyone in our community is technologically proficient, we have conducted two separate workshops this month in partnership with the Department of Social Services. These workshops have assisted clients who may not be tech-savvy, ensuring that they can confidently navigate the online portal and successfully submit their claims.
Our unwavering belief is that access to essential benefits should be equitable for all. We are committed to providing benefits access services and ensuring that every application is processed with the utmost fairness. The deadline to file a reimbursement claim is October 31st. Learn more about NMIC’s Benefits & Finance services here.
In 2015, Elias embarked on a life-altering journey from Guatemala to the United States, as an unaccompanied minor. Laden with dreams of escaping the harsh economic realities of his homeland and in pursuit of a stable, hopeful future, his story is emblematic of countless young individuals who take this challenging path. Guided by the dedicated support of our Immigration Team, Elias began navigating the intricate process of applying for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status through the Family Court—a lifeline for young individuals like him.
Elias’s path was far from straightforward, particularly during a time of shifting immigration policies and uncertainties. Together, Elias and Marc Valinoti, the immigration attorney assigned to the case, worked together for six years with determination and hope. Finally, Elias’s petition was granted, lifting the heavy burden of uncertainty that had weighed on his young shoulders for far too long.
In April of 2023, and after a long and challenging journey, Elias received the life-changing news that he had been granted Lawful Permanent Resident Status. This milestone meant he could now live and work in the United States with the assurance of safety and security. Additionally, Elias could finally plan to reunite with his family in Guatemala, bridging the eight-year gap that has kept them apart.
Elias’s story is a bittersweet reminder of the stark reality that many children and families are still grappling with. It’s disheartening to know that kids should bear such burdens on their journey to find safety. Elias’ success story serves as a glimmer of hope in an otherwise somber landscape. His achievement adds to the growing numbers of young individuals who, like him, have managed to overcome the formidable hurdles of being underage and unaccompanied.
We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Elias, celebrating his tenacity and resilience on this new path. But let’s also remember that there are many more young children still waiting for a chance to find their way through this challenging journey to a safe future.
To learn more about NMIC’s Immigration services, click here.
Thank You, West Harlem Development Corporation!
We extend our gratitude to the West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC), for their invaluable support in enabling us to offer essential, free crisis intervention and supportive services to residents of Manhattan Community District 9 (MCD9). WHDC is dedicated to enhancing economic opportunities and the overall quality of life in West Harlem, fostering a thriving community. The generous grants provided by WHDC are strategically directed towards programs that wield a profound and lasting influence within our community. These programs encompass safeguarding and preserving affordable housing, supporting our youth and senior citizens, and igniting economic growth throughout the district.
NMIC is uniquely equipped to deliver these vital services, as our organization places importance on culturally sensitive service delivery. We are committed to ensuring that our team mirrors the diverse communities we serve, thereby enhancing our ability to meet their specific needs. Our outreach efforts for crisis intervention and supportive services, as well as our offerings, are accessible in both English and Spanish. We also acknowledge that many residents of MCD9 grapple with disproportionate systemic obstacles that contribute to poverty. Through dedicated in-person and virtual outreach events, we seek to engage with community members, encouraging them to utilize our comprehensive range of services. By doing so, we aim to empower residents to overcome systemic barriers and forge a path towards accessing life-changing services. Click here to learn more about NMIC’s comprehensive programming.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) & #GiveForDV
October marks the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)! As we embark on this month-long journey, we’re reminded of the strength that comes from uniting to address a critical issue that affects countless lives. Everyone knows someone impacted by domestic violence, and everyone has a role to play in preventing domestic violence and supporting survivors. In the US, on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner.
Here’s how you can make an impact during DVAM:
- Social media: Engage with us on social media using the hashtag #Every1KnowsSome1 as we share stories, resources, and messages of hope, spreading the word and creating a united front against domestic violence.
- GiveForDV: Visit https://givefordv.nnedv.org/organizations/nmic to make a gift to NMIC’s Domestic Violence Project (DVP). Every gift makes a difference for survivors as they rebuild their lives free from abuse.
Thank you for being a part of this movement and for standing up against domestic violence. By raising awareness, sharing stories, and supporting survivors, we’re making real progress toward safer communities for everyone.
Cafecito con Maria
Earlier this month, NMIC’s Executive Director, Maria Lizardo, LMSW, and our dedicated staff welcomed a group of social workers and practitioners from Der Paritaetische, based in Berlin and other parts of Germany, as part of a cross-cultural exchange. This event was organized by Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement, who recommended NMIC to Der Paritaetische for their exploration of New York City’s community organizations, particularly those dealing with migration.
During their visit, the group immersed themselves in NMIC’s practices, promoting the exchange of innovative ideas and expertise. This experience also offered a global perspective on addressing challenges in our increasingly interconnected world. This enriched perspective will guide us in making informed decisions and developing effective strategies within our organization.
NMIC in the News
- The Seaman Avenue Block Association fought for their safety, respect, and dignity. Tenants represented by NMIC took center stage at a press conference in front of their building. Check out the powerful coverage by Telemundo 47 here.
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month
- Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- October 5, Latina Equal Pay Day
- October 9, Indigenous Peoples’ Day
- October 10, World Mental Health Day
- October 19, Go Purple Thursday
- October 28, National Immigrants Day
- October 31, Halloween
With the changing of the seasons comes a wave of new beginnings, and our September newsletter is filled with stories that reflect the spirit of renewal, resilience, and community.
We are excited to share an inspiring client success story that illustrates the transformative power of essential programming, a grant announcement to share, Doña Agripina’s street naming ceremony, and an exciting preview of the Bride’s March—a symbol of solidarity and remembrance.
As we embrace the changing season, let us also embrace the opportunities for growth, connection, and positive change that it brings.
Honoring the Legacy of Doña Agripina: A Street Naming Celebration
Upon retiring from NMIC, Diogenes Abreu, a former staff member, teamed up with District 7 Councilmember Shawn Abreu to commemorate the memory of the esteemed community leader, Doña Agripina, by naming a street in her honor.
Doña Agripina, a distinguished former member of Unidad Comunal—an independent organization receiving organizational support from NMIC—, and a tenant leader at her building’s tenant association, left an indelible mark on our community. Her extraordinary leadership within Unidad Comunal, characterized by a remarkable record of achievements, stands as a testament to her unwavering dedication. Leaders like Doña Agripina embody the very spirit of community-driven change.
As we pay tribute to Doña Agripina, our hearts are heavy with the loss we’ve endured. During the recent street-naming ceremony, heartfelt testimonials underscored her pivotal role within Unidad Comunal and the broader community. Her legacy now graces our streets, a perpetual reminder in the hearts of those fortunate enough to have known her.
This heartwarming homage to Doña Agripina serves as a poignant reminder of the profound impact that every member of our community can make. We are deeply appreciative of having played a role in this meaningful initiative and hold immense admiration for the enduring legacy she leaves behind.
Meet Erica*, a member of the community who sought help from NMIC’s Benefit Access program for the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption. When she approached us to renew her lease, something seemed amiss. Her paperwork revealed that she had been overpaying her landlord, but these extra payments didn’t show upon her balance sheet. Erica had been losing money each month without realizing it.
Our team took immediate action to help Erica. We organized the necessary documents and paperwork, guided her through the process, and coached Erica on effective self-advocacy techniques to communicate effectively with her landlord.
Just five days later, she returned with great news—it worked! Thanks to her determination and our guidance, Erica paid $314 for her rent that month, a significant reduction from her previous payments.
Erica’s incredible journey reminds us of the profound difference programs like NMIC’s Benefits Access can make. It’s not just about lending a helping hand; it’s about giving people the tools to take control of their financial well-being. We’re firm believers in turning financial obstacles into steppingstones for personal growth, and Erica’s accomplishment exemplifies our unwavering dedication to that mission.
Click here to learn more about NMIC’s Benefits Access services.
*Name has been changed to safeguard anonymity.
North Star Fund Supports Unidad Comunal
We are so grateful to the North Star Fund for their unwavering support of social justice initiatives, particularly those led by communities of color striving to empower themselves in New York City and Hudson Valley. Their investment of grassroots organizing has had a profound impact on our community, specifically through their support of Unidad Comunal—an alliance comprising tenant associations, block associations, and community members committed to enhancing the quality of life in Washington Heights and Inwood. As a vital partner, Unidad Comunal receives invaluable organizational support from NMIC.
Their commitment to grassroots organizing has made a profound impact on our community, specifically through their support of Unidad Comunal—an alliance of tenant associations, block associations, and neighbors dedicated to elevating the quality in Washington Heights and Inwood. As a crucial partner, Unidad Comunal receives invaluable organizing support from NMIC.
Unidad Comunal is driven by the core tenets of “Unite, Educate, and Work.” Our overarching goal is to transform New York into a place where low-income immigrants and residents no longer find themselves in perpetual struggles for access to quality housing, essential amenities, vital services, and fair wages. Our vision is to forge a city where these fundamental necessities are as accessible as they are for non-immigrant and more affluent communities. In partnership with North Star Fund, we are actively and purposefully advancing towards the realization of this vision of equity and justice.
Click here to learn more about Unidad Comunal.
Fostering Hope during Suicide Prevention Month
Throughout Suicide Prevention Month, NMIC’s Wellness Program shines as a source of hope and support for our community. Our program is devoted to screening clients for mental health needs and connecting them to lifesaving treatment at no cost, positively touching the lives of more than 800 community members each year.
September serves as a poignant reminder of the utmost significance of accessing mental health resources, especially within BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities who bear the burden of systemic trauma and displacement. These challenges often impede our community members’ ability to thrive in their communities leading to disparities in both access to and quality of mental health care. With suicide positioned as a leading cause of death in the United States, we are resolute in our commitment to create access to mental health wellness.
“Millions of people in the U.S. are impacted by mental health concerns each year. Now more than ever, it is crucial for our community to take care of our emotional and psychological wellbeing by taking advantage of mental health resources available to them. NMIC’s Wellness Program aims to dismantle systemic barriers to community mental health care by offering free, bilingual, culturally responsive mental health services. By doing so, our dedicated mental health team meets individuals where they’re at in their healing journey by empowering them to be the best version of themselves,” Rauly Chero, NMIC Co-Coordinator of Wellness Services.
If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org, the suicide and crisis lifeline. To learn more about how to access NMIC’s Wellness Program, click here.
Cafecito con Maria
This September, our hearts will unite to remember Gladys Ricart, a beloved mother and sister, and all the lives tragically lost to the horrors of domestic violence at Brides’ March. Gladys Ricart’s life was tragically cut short by the hands of her abusive former boyfriend on what should have been her wedding day. The Brides’ March has become a powerful annual tradition, with a sea of white dresses marching down the streets of Upper Manhattan and neighboring Bronx communities to honor the lives lost to domestic violence. Through these collective efforts, the aim is to disseminate bilingual resources pertaining to domestic violence, fostering awareness and solidarity within the communities our journey touches. Our hope is to inspire other communities across the nation to join this movement, illuminating the strength and resilience of survivors.
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Location: Holyrood Episcopal Church, 715W 179th Street, New York, NY 10033
Gathering: 8:00 AM
Opening Ceremony: 9:00 AM
March Begins: 10:30 AM
Everyone is welcome to participate. We encourage participants to bring any size picture of the person whose life you want to honor as we march together against domestic violence. To help us prepare for all participants, please register here. Before joining us, please take a moment to review the disclosure page about participating in the march.
NMIC in the News:
- Our Executive Director, Maria Lizardo, LMSW, who also serves on the board of the National Dominican Day Parade (NatDDP), and Cristina Contreras, NatDDP’s Board Chair, shared insights with ABC7 on August 13th about this year’s parade theme, “Our History, Our People.” Click here to read more.
- On September 14th, Spectrum Noticias NY1 wrote an article on NMIC’s Back-to-School supply drive for families impacted by domestic violence. Click here to read more.
- Hunger Action Month
- Latinx Heritage Month
- September 4, Labor Day
- September 8, Native Women’s Equal Pay Day
- September 11th, 9/11, Day of Remembrance and Service
- September 19, National Voter Registration Day
- September 26, Bride’s March
January is a month that marks new beginnings for many. For others, like us, it is a reminder of the commitment we have made to you, which is to serve as a catalyst for positive change in the lives of the people in our community on their paths to secure and prosperous futures. Join us in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by recognizing the profound impact he achieved throughout the world by calling out for the improvement of the well-being of our communities. Dr. King once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” Our community members need access to the tools to secure long-term and large-scale improvements to their lives. His dreams have continued to influence the world long after his passing, and NMIC’s wrap-around services aim to optimize those dreams.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: National Day of Service
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the entire nation reflected upon the life and work of Dr. King, who was a Baptist minister and prominent leader in the American civil rights movement. MLK Day serves multiple purposes each year: It honors the legacy of King, focuses on the issue of civil rights, and calls people into public service. To honor the civil rights icon, New Yorkers across the city took time to perform a day of service to remember King’s teachings on justice, peace, love, community, and equality. Let us all honor these teachings not only on MLK day, but every day of the year, as we fight for a New York where all community members can access secure and prosperous futures.
If you are interested in volunteering for NMIC to serve as a catalyst for positive change in our community, please fill out a volunteer form here.
High School Students Organized a Clothing Drive for NMIC’s DVP
Young activists at The Clinton School from the Clinton Students Demand Action group reached out to us last month because they wanted to organize a winter clothing drive for our domestic violence survivors. Their high school action group was created to fight against gun violence, and the apparent links between domestic violence and firearm ownership.
“Clinton Students Demand Action is honored to work with NMIC and host a drive at our school. We acknowledge the overlap between domestic violence and gun violence, and we are committed to helping our community,” Sofia Dib-Gomez, Clinton Students Demand Action.
We are deeply touched by their gesture and generosity of the student volunteers, and we are impressed by their commitment to their advocacy work for gun safety legislation.
Click here to learn more about Students Demand Action.
Mount Sinai’s Black Women Leaders Connect
One of the wonderful things about the holiday season is the opportunity to give to others, which is exactly what Mount Sinai’s Black Women Leaders Connect did last month. Black Women Leaders Connection is a collective of executive and senior-level Black women administrative leaders with a mission to nurture and guide women within their communities. The collective graciously donated gift funds for the purchase of gift cards this month so that families experiencing domestic violence could celebrate Three Kings’ Day.
Donations like this help give survivors the tools and autonomy they need to build secure and prosperous futures. Click here to learn more about NMIC’s Domestic Violence Project and click here to donate today.
DoorDash Delivers Good
We are excited to join forces again with DoorDash through their Community Credits program! Community Credits provides DoorDash gift cards directly to nonprofit organizations to empower the communities they serve, reduce food insecurity, and expand programs and that access to opportunity, and we are delighted to make these available to the students in our Education & Career Services program. With this partnership, we’ll be providing meals to our community members. Sara Chapman, our Director of Education & Career Services, said, “Participants are not only thankful for the unexpected generosity, but also because they found the assistance very valuable in having the choice on how to nourish themselves.”
To learn more about how you can partner with us, visit our more ways to give webpage.
Promise NYC: All Children, Regardless of Immigration Status, Deserve Quality Childcare
Promise NYC is a program funded by New York City that will cover the cost of childcare for children who are ineligible for federally subsidized services due to their immigration status. All children deserve the opportunity to succeed, and we hope that this program will alleviate stress for undocumented parents.
“Insurmountable childcare costs are often a barrier to families seeking access to education, employment, and stable housing. That burden is particularly heavy for immigrant families who are ineligible for assistance. NMIC is proud to partner with the Administration of Children’s Services to offer childcare assistance to undocumented parents and children in our community; assistance that will alleviate families’ childcare cost burden so they can work toward secure and prosperous futures,” Maria Lizardo, LMSW, Executive Director.
We want to thank all the elected officials who advocated tirelessly for this program. The city has contracted four community organizations that will oversee selecting immigrant families who need help with care of their children. Center for Family Life will serve families in Brooklyn, NMIC will serve families in the Bronx and Manhattan, La Colmena will serve families in Staten Island, and the Chinese American Planning Council will serve families in Queens.
Click here to learn more about Promise NYC.
NMIC in the News
- City Limits recently wrote an article on Promise NYC, a $10 million program that aims to care for 600 children between January and June 2023. The city has contacted four community organizations that will oversee selecting immigrant families who need help with care of their children, one of which is NMIC. Click here to read more.
- Life in the largely Black and Latino communities of northern Manhattan is significantly shorter than it is elsewhere in New York City. In fact, residents of central and east Harlem can expect to live four to five years fewer, on average, than people in the rest of the city, according to the New York City Department of Mental Health and Hygiene. Columbia University Irving Medical Center recently wrote an article on their work addressing health disparities through partnerships with local organizations, including NMIC. Click here to read more.
- Stalking Awareness Month
- January 1, New Year’s Day
- January 6, Día de los Reyes
- January 9, First Anniversary of the Tragic Fire in the Bronx
- January 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- January 24, International Day of Education
- January 27, International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
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In this newsletter, you’ll learn about…
- NMIC’s Benefit, Juntos: Building Without Limits.
- Why Stress Awareness Month is significant to us at NMIC.
- How to participate in Denim Day 2022.
- Why is financial literacy important?
- How to sign-up for NYC Celebrates Women Brunch Fundraiser.
Save the Date for Juntos: Building Without Limits
Through the pandemic, our team at NMIC saw our community’s needs rapidly shift and increase. With your support, we rose to meet the challenge and worked nimbly to address these crises. Although we’ll never know what tomorrow brings, we know that our community will continue to persevere and build without limits, but we can only accomplish that together.
Our 2022 Benefit, Juntos: Building Without Limits, will be an evening to celebrate and recognize the innovative partnerships that have supported our efforts. Join us on June 9th, 2022, from 6PM – 7:30PM at The Hudson, 348 Dyckman St. New York, NY 10034 in advocating for those we serve and raising funds to help us reimagine a future without limits! We’re grateful for all the support we receive, without which none of these services would be possible.
Community tickets start at $250 and are available to anyone who would like to attend.
Stress Awareness Month 2022
Stress Awareness Month has been recognized every April since 1992, but this year it seems especially important. Due to the unusual circumstances related to the pandemic, we have all felt at one point an increase in stress and/or anxiety. The chronic stress related to COVID-19 has produced profound impacts on the long-term mental health of our community. Although all services provided by NMIC aspire to alleviate stressful situations, we saw an urgent need within the past two years to increase access to tools and strategies for community members to learn how to cope with stress and mental health needs.
We partnered with the van Ameringen Foundation to remove barriers to mental health care by increasing screenings for treatment referrals for residents so that they could heal with culturally competent service providers at no cost. Not only did we make significant efforts to support members of the community, but we also helped our staff cope with pandemic related stress through weekly support groups, run by our team of interns through our partnership with Teachers College at Columbia University.
We hope, both internally and externally, that NMIC is seen as a safe space of healing, where staff and community members alike are supported, especially during challenging times.
To learn more about NMIC’s Juntos Podemos, Connections to Care, program, click here.
Denim Day 2022
Join us on April 27, 2022, to participate in Denim Day. Denim Day is a campaign to commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign began 23 years ago after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices wrongfully believed that the survivor’s jeans provided enough evidence of implied consent, and the case was closed. The following day, the women in Italian parliament came to work wearing jeans as a symbol of solidarity with the victim.
Denim Day asks community members to make a social statement through their outfits by wearing jeans as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual violence.
Financial Literacy Month
All New Yorkers qualify for our financial empowerment services, regardless of income or immigration status.
Throughout the month of April, organizations across the country conduct a variety of events and carry out initiatives designed to improve financial literacy and promote financial security.
NMIC promotes financial literacy daily through providing New Yorkers with free one-on-one professional financial coaching and counseling to help our clients achieve their goals. In fact, NMIC is a NYC Financial Empowerment Center!
We have partnered with Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners and the NYC Office of Financial Empowerment to enhance the financial literacy and stability of our clients through our financial empowerment services. Our professional Financial Counselors are available to provide personalized guidance and help our clients address a wide range of personal financial topics, like taking control of debt, strengthening credit scores, making savings a routine, balancing a budget, opening a bank account, and more.
NYC Celebrates Women Brunch Fundraiser
We are excited to announce that NMIC will be partnering with NYC Celebrates Women for their third annual Brunch Fundraiser to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Join us on Sunday, May 21, from 11:00am-3:00pm at the Harmonie Club in Midtown Manhattan for an afternoon of food, networking, and discussion.
A group of successful women of color in entrepreneurship will present and discuss how they established and developed their flourishing businesses. Proceeds from this event will be donated to NMIC in support of our no cost wrap-around services for 14,000 members of our community annually.
Other Events in April
- Day of Silence, April 8, 2022: Day of Silence is Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network’s annual day of action to spread awareness about the effects of the bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students. In the United States, students take a day-long vow of silence to symbolize the silencing of LGBTQ students.
- Immigrant Heritage Week, April 11-17, 2022: The celebration commemorates April 17, 1907, when 11,000 immigrants, the most in one day, passed through Ellis Island in New York Harbor.
- Earth Day, April 22, 2022: Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EarthDay.org including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries.
- Denim Day NYC, April 27th at 10:00 AM: Join Denim Day NYC Coalition’s annual Denim Day March on Wednesday, April 27th at 10am from Brooklyn Borough Hall, over the Brooklyn Bridge to Foley Square in Manhattan. Join Survivors, advocates, models, fashionistas, and allies in marching and rallying against sexual violence. Further information can be found here.
- Denim Day Bronx March, April 28th at 3:30 PM: Participating Denim Day organizations will be marching against sexual assault. Join Denim Day NYC Coalition’s annual march on Thursday, April 28th at 3:30 PM at Grand Concourse and Mt. Eden, and wear denim to show your support! Participating organizations include Office of Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson, BronxCare’s Department of Pediatrics, Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, New Settlement Apartments, Fountain House Bronx, NOMW Clube Alternatives, and the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence. Further information can be found here.
- National Child Abuse Prevention Month, April 2022: National Child Abuse Prevention Month, also known as Child Abuse Prevention Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States dedicated to raising awareness and preventing child abuse. April has been designated Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States since 1983.
NMIC in the Press
- Mayor Adams appoints new members, including NMIC co-founder Kevin Sullivan, to NYC Districting Commission. Click here to read more.