In the Press
Graham Windham is a Winner in the 2014 New York Community Trust Nonprofit
Excellence Awards! (November 20, 2014, New York Nonprofit Press)
On November 20th, Graham Windham received the Bronze award for excellence in management practices from the New York Community Trust at an awards ceremony at Citi. The event included a best practices workshop, during which we joined our fellow winners, Leake & Watts and Row New York, in talking about our top management practices to an audience of several hundred professionals from across New York City’s nonprofit community.
Graham Windham Receives $1.25M to Extend Services for Youth to Age 25 (September 19, 2014, New York Nonprofit Press) Graham Windham has received $1.1 million from Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and $125,000 from Tiger Foundation to support education and career success for youth in foster care and other community programs to age 25.
Graham Windham Selected as Semifinalists for 2014 Nonprofit Excellence Awards (August 4, 2014, New York Community Trust) Good news! We have been chosen as one of ten semifinalists for the New York Community Trust 2014 Nonprofit Excellence Award! We were selected amidst the most competitive field in the Award’s history with 77 applicants. We are grateful for the recognition of our people, mission-driven approach and practices through which we live out our commitment to help the children, youth and families we serve achieve life-changing outcomes.
Graham Windham Raises $2M at Annual Leadership Council Dinner (April 30, 2014, New York Nonprofit Press) On Tuesday, April 8th Graham Windham honored Edward Skyler Citi’s Executive Vice President for Global Public Affairs at its annual Leadership Council Celebration Dinner at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Graham Windham enters the lives of the children and families it serves in their toughest hour, when all can feel hopeless,” said President and CEO, Jess Dannhauser. “We restore hope by teaching and supporting families as they heal and grow stronger, and we change the odds by sticking with their children into adulthood, providing them the preparation and opportunities they need to reach their fullest potential. We are able do all of this because of our incredible supporters. We are especially grateful for our long-term partnership with Citi and for Ed Skyler’s incredible generosity this year, raising over $400 thousand dollars and propelling us to our $2M goal. These resources will help us bring opportunity where it is needed most and change the lives of thousands of children and their families.”
Our Leadership Council Celebration Dinner last week was featured in The New York Times as part of Bill Cunningham’s “Evening Hours” section. (April 4, 2014, Evening Hours of The New York Times)
COLA Hopes Still Alive in Budget Negotiations (March 21, 2014, New York Nonprofit Press) Nonprofit leaders were in Albany yesterday making their case with legislators and other State officials for inclusion of Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs) in the upcoming State budget for FY2014-15 which begins on April 1st. And, for the first time in several years, they are encouraged to find that COLAs are still on the table – with support from both the Assembly and the Senate – as negotiations enter their final phases. “Now is the time for the state to begin to reinvest in this critical workforce,” said Jess Dannhauser, President and CEO of Graham Windham. “Human Service providers recognized the need to post-pone COLAs while the state faced severe deficit but it’s time to ensure that the people who we depend on to be the difference makers in the lives of those in need are able to make ends meet amidst rising costs of living.”
NY Community Trust Makes Solutions Based Casework Grants
(November 25, 2013, New York Nonprofit Press)
The New York Community Trust is granting $200,000 to five child welfare agencies that together serve about 40 percent of the city’s children in foster care and prevention programs. The grant enables the agencies – Episcopal Social Services, Forestdale, Good Shepherd Services, Graham Windham, and SCO Family of Services – to use an approach known as “Solution-Based Casework.”
In this model, social workers partner closely with families to identify specific stressors or patterns that may lead to unsafe situations for their children, and to help them develop and follow an action plan with tangible, feasible steps for preventing such situations. Whereas the child welfare system has often focused on parents’ compliance with certain mandates – such as completing parenting classes or drug rehabilitation programs – to determine their readiness to safely care for their children, Solution-Based Casework focuses on creating specific changes in parenting behavior that are unique to the family’s circumstances and dynamics. [...]
Graham Windham Launches Family Success Initiative (October 2, 2013, New York Nonprofit Press) Graham Windham has launched the Family Success Initiative, a set of interventions designed to strengthen families involved in the child welfare system, as part of its long-term strategic vision. The initiative is supported supported by a grant of $125,000 from Tiger Foundation. The agency will employ three parenting skill methods: visit coaching, developmental playgroups, and parenting groups. Through visit coaching, Graham Windham will provide families in the foster care system with individualized coaching during parent-child visits, to help them develop the specific skills they need to effectively and safely parent their children. Developmental playgroups will help parents who have infants and toddlers to improve their early childhood parenting skills and knowledge, while parenting groups will provide parent education (using the “The Parenting Journey” and “Just for Teens” curricula) and social support. [...]
Graham Windham Renovates “Family Zone” (May 29, 2013, New York Nonprofit Press) This spring Graham Windham fully renovated the family area of its Brooklyn office at 540 Atlantic Avenue. An area originally consisting of a waiting area for children and families and a meeting space was converted into a “Family Zone” with a playroom and a set of visiting rooms for families with children who are in foster care. The new area was designed to be both welcoming and functional, to support more frequent and productive visitation and ultimately shorten the length of stay in foster care. [...]
Graham Windham Raises $1.17 Million at Gala (June 10, 2013, New York Nonprofit Press) Graham Windham reports that its annual Leadership Council Celebration Dinner raised over $1.17M in support for the organization’s mission to “make a life-altering difference with children, youth and families. Over 350 guests were in attendance at the event, which was held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on April 23rd. Graham Windham’s Chairman of the Board Georgia Wall and Board Members Fran Eigendorff, André Koester, Heather McVeigh, Jennifer Mackesy, and Jennifer Russo served as co-chairs of the event that was generously underwritten by members of The Leadership Council. [...]
Graham Windham Receives Gifts from TODAY Show Toy Drive (January 2, 2013, New York Nonprofit Press) Graham Windham has been a part of the TODAY Show Toy Drive ever since it was started 19 years ago. This year, Natalie Morales and a crew from NBC’s TODAY Show came out to visit one of Graham Windham’s programs in Brooklyn and to learn more about the organization’s life-changing work. Watch the TODAY Show segment that aired on Christmas morning. [...]
NYU College of Dentistry, Foster Care Agency Partnership, Improves Child Health, Aids Student Training (October 22, 2012, NYU College of Dentistry) The New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) and Graham Windham, a local NYC-based foster care agency, have partnered to provide regular dental care to more than 650 children since spring of 2011. The success of the program, Partners Against Caries (PAC), both for the participating foster children and the dental school students, may serve as a model for other dental schools’ outreach programs. PAC’s successes were outlined in an oral as well as a poster session at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, October 20-23, 2012. [...]
Watson Named VP of Family Permanency Planning Services at Graham Windham (August 22, 2012, New York Nonprofit Press) Kym Watson has been named Vice President for Family Permanency Planning Services at Graham Windham. Her appointment is effective on September 17th. Watson has served as Associate Vice President for the division for the past two years. During this time, she led the re-creation of the Youth Development, Foster Parent Recruitment, Development and Support, and Family Team Conferencing practices. [...]
Four Agencies Receive $200,000 from The New York Community Trust for Solution-Based Casework (August 22, 2012, New York Nonprofit Press) Four of New York City’s largest and longest-serving child welfare agencies – Good Shepherd Services, Graham Windham, The New York Foundling, and SCO Family of Services – will share a $200,000 grant to implement Solution-Based Casework, a proven model for reducing rates of child abuse and neglect. [...]
Ms. Fox: Her Work Changed My Life (Summer 2012, Represent Magazine) Marlo, one of our young men at The Graham School, writes about how he turned his life around, graduated from high school, and headed to college with help from our Guidance Counselor, Ms. Bridget Fox. The piece was written for Represent magazine, a publication created for youth, and by youth, in foster care.
Sometimes a Miracle Happens Inside Black Adoption (July 27, 2012, Examiner) “We were meant to be,” Lisa Llewellyn-Thompson said about adopting their 6-year-old African-American son Keyveon, whom they call Key. The stress and frustrations that she and her husband Kent endured through the yearlong adoption process disappeared the moment he came home. [...]
Graham Windham Raises $1.3 million at Dinner (May 10, 2012, New York Nonprofit Press) Last Wednesday, Graham Windham, the nation’s longest serving non-sectarian child welfare agency, held its annual Leadership Council Celebration Dinner at The Museum of Modern Art. With more than 400 guests in attendance [...]
Graham Windham Dinner in Evening Hours, photographed by Bill Cunningham (April 29, 2012, New York Times)
Two Graham Windham staff members honored in 2012 Child Welfare Best Practices Awards (April 4, 2012, New York Nonprofit Press) The Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA) has announced the winners of the prestigious 2012 Child Welfare Best Practices Awards. Checks of $1000 were presented to 10 individuals providing direct service. [...]
Graham Windham thanked our generous supporters in a New York Times ad made possible by an anonymous donor (December 25th, 2011 and January 15th, 2012, New York Times)
Graham Windham raises more than $1.13 million at its Annual Leadership Council Celebration Dinner on April 7, 2011 (April 19, 2011, New York Nonprofit Press) Graham Windham Services to Families and Children raised more than $1.13 million at its Annual Leadership Council Celebration Dinner on April 7th. The event, which was held at The American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Space, was co-chaired by Board Chair, Georgia Wall, and Board Members Jennifer Mackesy, Heather McVeigh and Melissa Thomson. [...]
Poul Jensen, President and CEO, named a “HERO AMONG US” by New York Family magazine (December 2010, New York Family Magazine) Poul Jensen’s first experience with the heartache often wrought by the foster care system came at the age of 10, when he had to say goodbye to his two young foster brothers. “I had no memory of life before them—when they left I lost my only brothers and was left with my sisters,” Jensen says with mock disdain, then resumes a more serious tone. “I was traumatized by that, so foster care was always in my head.” [...]
The Hunts Point Beacon’s community soccer league highlighted in the “Diario del Mexico” newspaper (September 23rd, 2010, Diario del Mexico) Many countrywomen in New York City practice football during their spare time. In addition to work and being a mother, they make an effort to participate in sporting activities as way of “therapy” in order to fight stress. Guadalupe Morales is a mother of a one year old child. The Mexican native is part of a football team in the Bronx. Her husband, Omar Mendez, shares with her the love of soccer and while she scores goals, Omar changes pampers. [...]
Graham Windham’s Youth Financial Empowerment program featured in NYC Administration for Children’s Services’ What’s Working Bulletin (Summer 2010, ACS “What’s Working” Bulletin) Youth Financial Empowerment (YFE) is a unique program piloted by ACS which combines financial literacy, asset building, and the opportunity to save money in an Individual Development Account (IDA) with 2:1 matched savings. It is the program’s asset building aspect that makes it so unique. [...]
The Graham School’s Collaboration with the East Coast Assistance Dogs (ECAD) featured (Summer 2010, ECAD Newsletter) “Hey Pumpkin, doesn’t brushing feel good?” Service Dog candidate Pumpkin gets groomed by a student trainer. At the same time, the student benefits because the brushing motion is effective occupational therapy for his weak left hand. “Tug, Caramel, tug! That’s it, yes!” Service Dog candidate Caramel and his student trainer are both learning new skills at the Graham School on the campus of Graham Windham, a residential facility for children in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. [...]