MISSION AND PILLARS
In full partnership with families and communities, Graham Windham strives to make a life-altering difference with children, youth and families who are overcoming some of life’s most difficult challenges and obstacles, by helping to build a strong foundation for life: a safe, loving, permanent family and the opportunity and preparation to thrive in school and in the world.
- Create a clear Graham way in all that we do in partnership with kids and families to achieve family success and youth success.
- Go beyond systems into communities where we have roots to help kids and families thrive in Hunts Point, Harlem, and Central Brooklyn.
- Strengthen the One Graham approach to programs, staff support, and wellness, information technology and facilities.
- Pursue justice by influencing policy makers to adopt policies that promote success for kids, families, and staff.
To achieve our mission and vision, we have at our core, a set of deeply held principles that we call our pillars.
We respect the inherent dignity and worth of all with whom we work and believe in the strength of family in all of its forms. We are diverse in gender, race, religion, beliefs, sexual orientation, identity and ethnicity. Knowing that we all face challenges in life, we believe that all are capable of developing solutions. Trust is an essential element of respect – trust between kids, families, and each other, and trust among the Graham community, funders, regulators and the public. There is no trust without integrity, both personal and organizational.
We are committed to continuous self-reflection and best practices, with rewards and celebration for an excellent performance. Genuine, lasting solutions come from working together. Our team includes kids and families, allowing them (as the experts of their families and their experience) to lead the way. We value a culture that provides opportunities to develop, practice and master skills, with supports along the way, for our kids, families, as well as our dedicated staff and foster parents. We recognize that setbacks are part of growth and behavior change. We take every opportunity to celebrate progress and the accomplishment of goals that kids, families, and we have set for ourselves.
Kids and their families come first. Our decisions and actions are always driven by our kids’ need for safety, family, education, opportunity, and by their capacity to succeed. We recognize the effects of trauma and injustice and provide a safe and nurturing environment where people can heal and call for justice. We support each other. We recognize what we do well and where we need to partner with others. We are bold and passionate about this work and enjoy empowering kids, families, and each other, helping us grow stronger so that we can sustain progress and thrive in life.
All of us –- kids, families, foster parents and staff – lead by our words and actions. We take ownership and are accountable for what we do, how we do it, and the results. We believe in respectfully challenging those who don’t uphold our values. We own our mistakes and our successes and follow through on our commitments. Knowing that inclusion makes us better, we appreciate differences and create opportunities for participation in the development of solutions. We value open and transparent communication, including healthy disagreement, with the goal of strengthening relationships, building a more connected community and helping us solve problems. We celebrate incremental changes, growth, diversity, and our own, each other’s, and our collective achievements.
FROM OUR CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Thank you for visiting us at Graham Windham and welcome to the Graham community, as we affectionately call it. We are a community of over 500 staff and 1,500 volunteers and supporters who come to together to help 5,000 young New Yorkers and their families thrive.
We provide help in many ways at Graham. You can learn more about our work as you visit our website. In all that we do, we strive to build a solid foundation for life — family and opportunity — that every child deserves. To us at Graham, how we do what we do is just as important as what we do. We believe in the inherent dignity of every human being and respect those we serve as our neighbors, walking alongside and sticking by them on their journey to success.
Graham Windham was founded in this same spirit in 1806 by a group of dedicated forward-looking women, including Isabella Graham and Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, seeking to help their neighbors. We are very proud to stand on the shoulders of the amazing leaders who built our cause. We commit to follow the path they forged as an innovative and impactful force for good, learning from our mistakes and accomplishments and growing stronger each day.
I hope you will join the Graham community and help strengthen our cause!
My very best,
PS: The contact information for each member of our leadership team can be found on our site. Don’t hesitate to be in touch!
Chief Executive Officer