At Sheltering Arms, our goal is to foster a society where every child and family we serve will have the opportunity to succeed and thrive. We address the effects of social inequity in the most challenged communities in New York City. Our innovative programs and compassionate services measurably enhance the education, well-being, and development of children, their families, and communities. We have maintained an unwavering commitment to our mission since 1831.

Our Core Values


Integrity is a personal and professional commitment to be accountable for our words and actions. This means being honest, transparent, and responsive to the needs and challenges presented in our work. Acting with integrity is essential to make an effective impact in the lives of the children, youth, and families we help across NYC.


Justice is actively working with our communities to overcome social inequalities. This means seeking what is right, just, and fair and ensuring the children, youth, and families we help have access to the resources and opportunities needed to grow and thrive.


Compassion is showing care and concern for all people despite differences in race, gender, religion, or culture. This means showing respect and having a desire to understand the unique challenges, hardships, and experiences our clients face in order to help our clients and communities take steps towards positive change.


Excellence is delivering high-quality services and programs that lead the industry. This means setting and achieving bold goals, empowering staff, and working together across the organization to go above and beyond to help our clients.


Optimism is key to our ability to effect positive change while helping our clients and communities become for resilient, connected, and successful in the long-term. This means we join together, collaborate, and find solutions to the “grand challenges” of our time. With optimism, we build a brighter future for now and generations to come.


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Episcopal Social Services




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.

Opens St. Barnabas House

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.

Camp Bleeker




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.

Ellis Island

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.

Launches a "Goodwill Industries"

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.

Family Services Office




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.

Goodwill Industries of Greater NY

ESS’ Manhattan program and Goodwill Industries of Brooklyn combine to form Goodwill Industries of Greater New York.

Helping the City's Youth

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.

Foster Boarding Homes & Adoption




Changes in city foster care policy lead to a shift in ESS’ operations from orphanage, to congregate care, to foster boarding homes and adoption.

First Intermediate Care Facility

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.

Opens a Medical Clinic

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.

Second Medical Clinic




ESS opens an office and second medical clinic in the South Bronx to address the growing needs of children and families in the area.

Opens Paul's House

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.

175 Years of Service

ESS celebrates 175 years of service to New Yorkers in need!

Acquires Day Care Services




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.

Opens NSP Homes

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.

Merger with Safe Space

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)

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

Chief Executive Officer

Dawn Lewis

Chief Operations Officer

Jane Golden, Esq.

Chief Program Officer

Anthony B. Edwards

Chief Financial Officer

Susan L. Magazine

Chief Development Officer

The Board

Board Officers

Kenneth M. Kramer

Board Chair and President

Retired Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP

Elizabeth P. Munson

Vice President and Secretary

President, The Rockefeller Trust Company

Deborah B. Snyder

Vice President

Managing Director, Accenture

Gail Coleman


Managing Director & Chief Financial Officer, J. Fitzgibbons LLC

Board Members

Tammi T. Butler

Validus Prep Academy

Helen Cheng

Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey

Carl Contiguglia

Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

Robert C. Daum

Managing Director and Partner, Growth Capital Partners, L.P.

Bob Dinerstein

Chairman, Veracity Worldwide

Karen Dyer

Partner, Boies Schiller & Flexner, LLP

Molly Epstein

President, Ernest Alexander LLC

George Evans

Equities Chief Investment Officer, OppenheimerFunds

Mariela Flores

President, Early Head Start Parent Policy Council

Dominic Freud

Managing Partner, FPIA Partners

Daniel Gutzmore

President, Highbrid Media

Julia Hilbert

Division Director, Commodities and Financial Markets, Legal, Macquarie Group

Julia Kahr

Senior Managing Director, The Blackstone Group

Dan Kramer

Executive Vice President of Client Service Delivery, BNY Mellon

E. Peter Krulewitch

President and Chairman, Kingston Investors Corp.

Robert J. Lisi

Finance and Risk Executive, RJL Associates

Malcolm MacKay

Managing Director (Retired), Russell Reynolds Associates

Stephen S. Madsen

Retired Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Kenneth Munoz

Principal, Munoz and Associates, LLC

Kim Mustin

Managing Director, AllianceBernstein L.P.

James Pickman

Chair, PIckman Realty Corp

William D. Rogers

Executive Vice President and CFO, CenterPoint Energy

David M. Rubin

Partner, Golenbock, Eiseman, Assor, Bell & Peskoe LLP

Claudia Steer

Owner & Principal Designer, NW10 Interiors

J. Frederick Stillman III

Private Investor

Heidi A. Tallentire

Partner, Blank Rome LLP

Jennifer M. Wallace

Freelance Writer

Susan Webster

General Counsel, Fremont Group

Marguerite Young

Community Volunteer

* Diana Nouri

Director Emeritus


The Clark Foundation

Macquarie Group Foundation

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

The Pinkerton Foundation

Robin Hood Foundation

Mr. Ryan Schulke & Mrs. Sandy Inn-Schulke

Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett LLP

The Tiger Foundation

van Ameringen Foundation

Berenberg Bank

Ms. Helen Cheng

Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation

Mr. Saul J. Kupferberg & Mrs. Gail Coleman

Mr. Matthew Conlin

Mr. & Mrs. Carl Contiguglia

Credit Suisse Americas Foundation

Mr. Robert Daum

Deloitte Services LP

Mr. Robert Dinerstein

Donnelley Financial Solutions

Mr. & Mrs. George Evans

ExpandED Schools, Inc.

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Foran

Mr. & Mrs. John Gilbert, Jr.

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Mr. Brian Colton & Mrs. Julia Kahr


Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Kramer

Mr. & Mrs. E. Peter Krulewitch

M.A.C. AIDS Fund

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Madsen

Midnight Mission Fund of The New York Community Trust

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

Morgan Stanley Foundation

Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Munoz

Mr. Robert L. von Stade & Ms. Elizabeth Munson

Rear Admiral John & Kim Mustin

Mr. & Mrs. Edmond Nouri


James & Elizabeth Pickman

Mr. David Rubin & Ms. Kay Unger Pitman

Mr. James Platt & Ms. Deborah Snyder

Mr. & Mr.s J. Frederick Stillman III

Mr. & Mrs. Peter F. Wallace

Mr. & Mrs. Carl Webster

Berman Group

The Blackstone Charitable Foundation

Charles S. Keene FDN

Daniel Gutzmore & Mia Rose

Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation

Exane BNP Paribas

Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies

Mr. Aaron Finkel & Mrs. Emily Alejos

GFP Real Estate

Ms. Sandra Gil

Ms. Monica Holland

Houlihan Lokey, Inc.


The Hyde & Watson Foundation

J.C. Foundation, Inc.

Kristie Feinberg

Liebowitz & Greenway Family Charitable Trust Foundation

Liverum Capital Inc.

Matthijssen Business Systems

Mr. Jonathan Schaffzin

Mutual of America

Mr. Brian Polovoy

Mr. Stephen Powers

RBC Capital Markets

Redburn Partners

Rockefeller & Company, Inc.

Mr. William Rogers

UJA Federation of New York



Mr. Rob Carroll

Mr. Sam Dennis

First Republic Bank

Mr. James Fosina

Nicolas & Jacqueline Gravante, Esq.

Mr. Lance Hemenway

Mr. Joshua Herrenkohl & Mrs. Joy Kilpatrick

Honig Conte Porrino Insurance Agency, Inc.

Mr. Lori Hunter

Leland Trust for Charitable Purposes

Mr. Edgar Lewandowski

Mr. Fran Sposato & Anna Li

Louis Messer & Hellen Messer Charitable Foundation

Mr. Steven Lovell

Mr. Malcolm Mackay & Mrs. Julia Brown

Ms. Ellen Matson

Danny Mendoza

Ms. Arelis Paris

Peremore LLC

Mr. Matthew Rizzetta

Ms. Irina Savchuck

Mr. & Mrs. Matt Schneider

Mr. Alfred Stillman

The Tuttleman Foundation

Mr. Kyle Van Evra


Wells Fargo

Mr. Neil Wilcox


2017 Annual Report

Check our our latest Annual Report. From implementing a new strategic plan to the depth of our relationships with our communities; you’ll see results which prove that a brighter future is possible for all when we stand together. Read and download a copy today.

Annual Report Archive

Take a look back at all the positive growth we have made as an organization over the years.

Elizabeth McCarthy

Chief Executive Officer

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.

Dawn Lewis

Chief Operations Officer

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 Golden, Esq.

Chief Program Officer

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

Chief Financial Officer

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.

Susan L. Magazine

Chief Development Officer

Susan L. Magazine is the Chief Development Officer for Sheltering Arms, where her team is responsible for the organization’s fundraising, marketing, policy, advocacy, and communications efforts.

Most recently, she served as the Director of Development for the Anti-Defamation League where she built a strategic development plan with the focus on implementing best practices for engaging new and current Board members, recruiting and leading a professional development team, revamping and overseeing the Young Leadership Division, and identifying, cultivating and securing leadership gifts. Prior to her time at the Anti-Defamation League, Ms. Magazine served as the Executive Director of New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) from 2003-2016, providing leadership, management, and strategic direction for this $4.5 million non-profit partner to New York City’s child welfare agency.

Ms. Magazine has also served as Assistant Commissioner of the FDNY Family Assistance Unit, focused on developing and coordinating services for FDNY families who experienced a line of duty loss.  As the liaison to the Mayor’s Office, advocacy groups and task forces including the 9/11 United Services Group and the Twin Towers Fund Family Advisory Committee, Ms. Magazine represented the FDNY on all issues regarding supportive services for families

Before joining the FDNY, Ms. Magazine held several progressively responsible positions with the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) such as the Director of Policy and Planning for the Office of Youth Development and the Director of Interagency Affairs at ACS.  Ms. Magazine holds a B.S. with honors from Boston University School of Management.