Our work is characterized by boldness, creativity and a commitment to innovation. This blog offers a space to highlight the work of our team members as well as their unique perspectives on ongoing and emerging issues related to homelessness, health and community building.
Our Brownsville Partnership (BP) and the Municipal Art Society (MAS) are collaborating on a community-wide planning effort to create visible change in Brownsville, Brooklyn and to train Brownsville residents to take control of the future of their neighborhood.
Livable Neighborhoods: Brownsville will involve eight free workshops over four weeks designed to empower Brownsville residents with the skills, tools and planning knowledge to revitalize their neighborhood.
Local teams from 25 communities across the country gathered in Washington DC last week to work toward one goal: ending veteran homelessness.
Fredjean Funn worked as an overnight Direct Care Provider until 2009, when she left her job to care for her daughter. Over the two years that she spent actively searching for a job, she became unable to pay her rent. At the encouragement of her friends, she came to the Brownsville Partnership in August 2011. There, the Brownsville Partnerships’ current Deputy Director, Kristin Woods, gave her information on a GED program and support as she worked to prevent her eviction.
As the assistant for the Communications and Development team, Emily works on obtaining funding for all of Community Solutions’ initiatives. She helps to strategically identify and cultivate relationships with potential and current Community Solution funders. Emily supports both the foundation and individual giving programs by conducting research, coordinating site visits, preparing reports and tracking deadlines.
As a birth and postpartum Doula, Yvette Rouget saw how unhealthy pregnant teenage girls were in Brownsville, Brooklyn. She then looked at herself and saw how inactive she had become. Yvette decided to do something to improve women’s health in her community, and we’re delighted that she has joined our Brownsville Partnership (BP) team as a Resource Specialist. In this role she will organize neighbors to create a safer and healthier Brownsville.
Anderson Cooper and the 60 Minutes team brought us moving stories of several of Nashville's homeless residents, many of whom are now housed. We wanted to provide an update on a few of them.