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At Sheltering Arms NY, we believe that every child and family deserves an equal chance at future success. Our mission is to strengthen the education, wellbeing, and development of vulnerable children, youth, and families across the New York metro area so that everyone has the support and opportunity needed to maximize their potential. Through innovation and partnerships, we enable low-income children and families to take steps toward brighter futures, free from the cycle of generational poverty. We have maintained an unwavering commitment to our mission since 1831.
New Yorkers lives are touched by Sheltering Arms every year.
ESS was founded to help meet the pressing needs of the vast number of immigrants arriving in New York City. Work was nonsectarian, offering assistance to anyone who was impoverished, sick, homeless, hungry, or imprisoned.
The outreach takes on many forms, including convalescent homes and summer camps in the country for ailing and undernourished residents of the tenements.
Sheltering Arms (called ESS at the time) opens St. Barnabas House, offering temporary lodging and meals to low-income and homeless immigrant families. Staff distribute clothing, food, and emergency funds to the destitute; trade schools for the unskilled; and social clubs and free “reading rooms” to give young people an alternative to dangerous tenement streets.
ESS opens Camp Bleeker on Long Island Sound to give city boys a taste of outdoor life. Eventually the many camps that were established over the years were consolidated at Elko Lake, New York, as Camp Wanasqetta for Boys, and Camp Wepawaug for Girls.
ESS establishes an office on Ellis Island to offer special assistance to arriving immigrants who were detained or quarantined. Our workers helped make contact with family overseas or in the U.S., provided clothing and other necessities during their confinement, and facilitated the eventual settlement in their new country. When the Ellis Island facility was closed, ESS established three Port and Immigration Offices to carry on this work well into the 1960s.
ESS launches a “Goodwill Industries” program in Manhattan based on the employment program launched in Brooklyn in 1915. Eventually Goodwill groups sprang up in a number of cities across the country. Goodwill not only gave meaningful work and skills training in repairing and reconditioning clothing, furniture, and more, but these rehabilitated items were also then made available to low-income families at affordable prices in Goodwill’s retail stores.
Our Family Services Office operates throughout the Great Depression, providing a lifeline to families and individuals who had fallen on hard times. Staff helped parents find new jobs to support their families; assisted the elderly, and the despondent found a sympathetic ear and helping hand in getting back on track.
ESS’ Manhattan program and Goodwill Industries of Brooklyn combine to form Goodwill Industries of Greater New York.
ESS launches programs to help the city’s youth find their way during turbulent social and political times, including Boys’ Clubs and the Youth Guidance Program. ESS also operates senior centers and provides assisted living services to help low-income New York seniors retain their quality of life.
Changes in city foster care policy lead to a shift in ESS’ operations from orphanage, to congregate care, to foster boarding homes and adoption.
ESS opens its first Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) for adults with developmental disabilities, eventually expanding to operate four such facilities which provide individualized health care and rehabilitation services to 42 adults.
ESS opens a medical clinic in Manhattan to offer direct medical, dental, and mental health services to the children in the Foster Boarding Home Program.
ESS opens an office and second medical clinic in the South Bronx to address the growing needs of children and families in the area.
ESS opens Paul’s House, an early childhood education and health center in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx. The facility houses the Bronx medical clinic, six Early Head Start classrooms, foster family visiting facilities, a rooftop playground, and administrative offices.
ESS celebrates 175 years of service to New Yorkers in need!
Sheltering Arms acquires Sheltering Arms Day Care Services, greatly expanding our network of early childhood education sites, and providing critical early learning opportunities to children in low-income communities.
Sheltering Arms answers the call from the Administration of Children’s Services to open some of New York City’s first Non Secure Placement (NSP) homes for juvenile delinquents. Sheltering Arms now operates three NSPs as part of New York’s ‘Close to Home’ initiative, an effort to house youth in their communities where they can benefit from family visits, therapy, education, and complete rehabilitation.
Sheltering Arms begins a merger with Queens-based organization Safe Space, expanding the organization’s reach to four boroughs and establishing a broader network for sharing best practices and establishing expertise in the effort to permanently lift New York families out of poverty.
Sheltering Arms (formerly Episcopal Social Services) debuts its new name and brand to carry the agency into the future, and facilitate the next chapter of change for New York’s low income families.
Elizabeth McCarthy, the Chief Executive Officer, joined Sheltering Arms in 2011. In her tenure, the agency has doubled in size, expanding in Early Childhood Education, Juvenile Justice Programs, and merging with Safe Space in 2013. Ms. McCarthy serves on the Board of Directors and the Steering Committee for the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA), is the Treasurer of the The Developmental Disabilities Services/Child Welfare Collaborative, LLC, and is a Board member of the The Children’s Collaborative, Inc.
Ms. McCarthy formerly served as Chief Operating Officer at MercyFirst, which provides care for over 4,000 children, teenagers and families in Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties through Family Support and After-School Programs, Foster Homes and Adoption Services, and Community Group Homes.
Prior to joining Sheltering Arms, she was the Senior Vice President for Programs at Safe Horizon, a nonprofit agency serving victims of violence and abuse, where she spearheaded the agency’s 9/11 response. Ms. McCarthy also served as an Adjunct Professor at the NYU Wagner School, as an Assistant Commissioner in the New York City Department of Homeless Services, and as Chief of Staff in the Mayor’s Office of Operations. She has an MBA in Public and Nonprofit Management from Yale University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College.
Mohan Sivaloganathan is the Chief Development Officer for Sheltering Arms, where his team is responsible for the organization’s fundraising, marketing, policy, advocacy, and communications efforts. Mohan has a decade of experience in creating partnerships, experiences, and initiatives that drive bottom-line results for nonprofits, corporations, and small businesses. Prior to joining Sheltering Arms, Mohan was most recently Citizen Schools New Jersey’s Director of Development of Civic Engagement. In just one year, Mohan’s leadership led to groundbreaking events like the 2012 STEM Summit; an expanded Board of Directors; and funding/volunteering partnerships with Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Citizen Schools, Mohan was the national Marketing Director at Teach For America, which enabled Teach For America to grow their incoming corps of teachers at a record rate for three consecutive years through innovative campaigns. Mohan worked at Procter & Gamble from 2004-2008, managing supply chain strategy and developing High Performance Work Systems for manufacturing personnel. He also led P&G’s employee giving and volunteerism campaign with the United Way of Southern Connecticut, and was recognized with UW’s Chairman’s Award.
Mohan is an active contributor to community development in the New York tri-state area, with leadership in branding/marketing consulting, and grassroots organizing for non-profit and political causes. Mohan is a graduate of Penn State University, where he received an MBA and bachelors in Electrical Engineering.
Dawn is the key to efficiency, compliance, and operational effectiveness at Sheltering Arms. She brings a wealth of programmatic and administrative experience to her role overseeing the Human Resources, Quality Improvement, and IT Departments.
Dawn Lewis joined us after 28 years at MercyFirst, where she began as a caseworker in Preventive Services, and held numerous positions over the years, including Foster Care Caseworker, Supervisor, and Program Director, as well as leading the QI Department, including all incident investigations, and overseeing the implementation of the Sanctuary Model and Evolv. Dawn also led the agency’s COA Accreditation process. Dawn was also integral in facilitating the merger between Angel Guardian and St. Mary’s that led to the formation of MercyFirst.
Jane joined our team on January 20th, 2015, bringing with her a wealth of experience in Human Services. In her role, Jane oversees all programs, ensuring that they deliver the best possible results for thousands of the city’s most vulnerable children and families.
Most recently, Jane was the Vice President for Child Welfare and Family Services at The Children’s Aid Society, where she has worked in various capacities for more than 15 years. Prior to that, Jane worked at the Office of the New York City Public Advocate and in a private law practice. She also taught law at the Columbia University School of Social Work as an adjunct professor.
Jane has received both her Juris Doctor and Master’s in Social Work from Columbia. Her experience in both law and social work make her the perfect child welfare advocate and visionary for our growing network of programs. Jane is Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Council on Children, she’s well respected amongst her peers in the field, and is a key asset to our leadership team.
Anthony B. Edwards is a senior executive with over 20 years of financial experience and a record of achievement in which he has improved the financial processes and performance of several long-standing nonprofits. For the past 10 years he has been the CFO of Brooklyn Community Services (BCS) and has been the trusted advisor to the board and its Executive Directors. Through Anthony’s guidance, key processes were put in place that facilitated significant improvement in the fiscal performance of the organization. While at BCS, he improved financial reporting, successfully reduced accounts receivable, restructured the employee benefit plans, and favorably renegotiated lines of credit to enhance the organization’s cash flow. Most impressive is that he was able to achieve these accomplishments during a time when the organization had three different Executive Directors. Anthony is a perceptive, results oriented professional who consistently thinks “out of the box” to manage from day to day operations up to complex challenges. His profound knowledge of financial management and crystal clear understanding of business needs and goals make him a sophisticated CFO and innovator.
Prior to joining BCS in 2006, Anthony was the Director of Research Administration and Operations where he played a pivotal role in improving research administration and grant management at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. There he helped save the organization $10 million through reconciling outstanding grant awards. Anthony has also worked at 1199/Employment Training & Job Security Program, and Beth Israel Medical Center in an accounting and financial management capacity.
Anthony received his MBA from Dowling College and a BS in Accounting from Brooklyn College. He is a member of the Global Academy of Finance and Management (GAFM) certified as Master Financial Planner, MFP, Accredited Management Accountant, AMA and Accredited Financial Analyst, AFA. He is also a member of the American Academy of Financial Management, certified in Corporate Finance and is a Master Financial Manager. Anthony lives in Brooklyn with his family.
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President, The Rockefeller Trust Company
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Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
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Chairman, Veracity Worldwide
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Chief Financial Officer, Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Managing Partner, FPIA Partners
President, Early Head Start Parent Policy Council
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Child Welfare Fund
The Clark Foundation
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Richard S. Emmet
MAC AIDS Fund
New York Community Trust
The Pinkerton Foundation
Robin Hood Foundation
Save the Children
The Tiger Foundation
van Ameringen Foundation
The Coleman Fung Foundation
Gail Coleman & Saul Kupferberg
Caroline & Carl A. Contiguglia
Julie & Robert Daum
The David Rockefeller Fund
The Frances L. & Edwin L. Cummings Memorial Fund
Kupferberg Family Foundation
Stephen S. Madsen
Midnight Mission Fund
Virginia Miller McCarthy
Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC
Elizabeth P. Munson & Robert L. Von Stade
New York Merger, Acquisition, and Collaboration Fund
Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Trust
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Deborah Snyder & James Platt
Jennifer & Peter Wallace
The William C. Bullitt Foundation
The Blackstone Charitable Foundation
Deloitte Services LLP
Ernst and Young Foundation
Robert & Linda Foran
Julia Kahr & Brian Colton
Ken & Susan Kramer
Jack & Dorothy Kupferberg Foundation
Liebowitz & Greenway Family Fund
Matthijssen Business Systems
Ken & Maryann Munoz
Mutual of America
New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund
Mr. William & Mrs. Priscilla Newbury
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Diana C. Nouri
Rockefeller & Co, Inc.
William D. Rogers
David M. Rubin
Sarah I. Schieffelin Residuary Trust
Mr. & Mrs. J. Frederick Stillman III
H. Craig & Lora Beth Treiber
John Blackman, Sr. Foundation
Judith N. Davis
Dun & Bradstreet, Inc.
Echo Design Group, Inc
The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.
E. Peter Krulewitch
Max & Selma Kupferberg Foundation
Matthew & Priyanka Schneider
The Treiber Group of Companies
Jennifer H. Zimmerman
We see children and families find the strength and seize opportunities to beat the odds every day in our education, youth development, and public health programs. The greatest successes occur at the intersections between these programs – when we combine best practices from a wide range of services to maximize our positive impact. See our best stories of positive impact from 2015 online, or download the report below.