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It is our great pleasure to announce that our organization (formerly Episcopal Social Services) has officially changed its name, and is unveiling an inspiring new look to go with it. The Board of Directors is proud to introduce you to Sheltering Arms NY
Our new brand is a reflection of our core belief that every child and family deserves an equal chance to explore and achieve their full potential. Reaching a brighter future starts with a healthy, safe environment free from violence, abuse, and neglect, and comes to life with high quality education and personal development. Our programs deliver the strength and opportunities children and families need to face the challenges of poverty.
We’ve maintained a passionate commitment to these core beliefs since our founding in New York City in 1831. Since then, we have continued growing and change in order to meet the evolving needs of our city. After rapid growth and multiple mergers/acquisitions in the past few years, we know that our organization is ready for a new chapter in its history. Our new name represents our current identity and promises to inspire future generations of clients and supporters.
– Kenneth M. Kramer, Chairman of the Board of Directors
NEW YORK, NY, February 23, 2015 – Episcopal Social Services (ESS) announced today that it is changing its name to Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services to reflect its history of operating compassionate, results-driven programs for New York’s most vulnerable children and families.
Sheltering Arms, a 184-year old New York City nonprofit, has dramatically grown in scope and size in the past decade. The organization now serves nearly 20,000 high-need individuals from the Bronx to Far Rockaway with education, youth development, and family and community wellbeing programs. Following a recent merger with Safe Space NYC, the organization recognized a unique moment to build a united, inspirational identity for staff, clients, and partners alike.
“Whether it’s a two-year old in Early Childhood Education, a teen in foster care, or a parent in our Family Preservation program, Sheltering Arms has always been there for the City’s most vulnerable residents,” said Elizabeth McCarthy, CEO of Sheltering Arms. “As the City continues to evolve, you can count on Sheltering Arms to offer hope and innovation that maximizes the potential of children and families.”
In 2013, the organization commenced a rebranding process with input from board members, staff, clients, funders, government partners, and branding consultants. Sheltering Arms was the name of a 140-year old child care nonprofit acquired by the former ESS in 2006. As the organization continues to expand – with recent highlights including the expansion of Early Childhood Education and leadership in the City’s Close to Home and Cure Violence initiatives – it was vital that the rebrand resulted in a name that inspires support and continued growth.
“Sheltering Arms is committed to being a reliable leader for delivering real outcomes for New York’s highest-need communities,” said Ken Kramer, President and Chair of the Board of Directors of Sheltering Arms. “We hope our new name will draw more attention to our rich heritage of running the City’s most transformative, high impact programs.”
Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Visit us at www.ShelteringArmsNY.org
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