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.


New Yorkers lives are touched by Sheltering Arms every year.


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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

Emily Alejos

Private Investor

Tammi T. Butler

Validus Prep Academy

Helen Cheng

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

Robert E. Foran

Chief Financial Officer, Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Dominic Freud

Managing Partner, FPIA Partners

Rufina Galvez

President, Early Head Start Parent Policy Council

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.

Malcolm MacKay

Managing Director (Retired), Russell Reynolds Associates

Stephen S. Madsen

Retired Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Toretha McGuire

Director, HR, Corporate Operations, BlackRock

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

J. Frederick Stillman III

Private Investor

Heidi A. Tallentire

Partner, Blank Rome LLP

Jennifer M. Wallace

Freelance Writer

Susan Webster

Partner, Cravath Swaine & Moore, LLP

Marguerite Young

Community Volunteer

* Diana Nouri

Director Emeritus


The Altman Foundation

Child Welfare Fund

The Clark Foundation

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Richard S. Emmet


New York Community Trust

The Pinkerton Foundation

Robin Hood Foundation

Save the Children

Stavros Niarchos Foundation

The Tiger 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


Centerbridge Foundation

Deloitte Services LLP

Ernst and Young Foundation

Robert & Linda Foran

Nicholas Gravante

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

RR Donnelley

David M. Rubin

Sarah I. Schieffelin Residuary Trust

Mr. & Mrs. J. Frederick Stillman III

H. Craig & Lora Beth Treiber


John Blackman, Sr. Foundation

Jim Chervenak

Judith N. Davis

Dun & Bradstreet, Inc.

Echo Design Group, Inc

The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.

E. Peter Krulewitch

Max & Selma Kupferberg Foundation

Steven Lorch

Peter O’Neill

Matthew & Priyanka Schneider

The Treiber Group of Companies

Jennifer H. Zimmerman


2017 Annual Report

Take a look inside to see the positive growth we’ve made as an organization. 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 it online, or download the report below.

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.