St. Nicks Alliance Celebrates 42nd Year

SNA Benefit 069 Education honorees
(l to r) Maria Ortiz-Farley (CEC District 14 President), Sandra Noyola (Principal of PS 147), Debra Sue Lorenzen (Director of Education, St. Nicks Alliance), Eva Irizarry (Principal of Brooklyn Arbor), Alison Alexander (Principal of PS 18), RoseAnn LaCioppa (Principal of PS 250), Alicja Winnicki (CEC District 14 Superintendent), and James Quail

& Highlights Teamwork in Education, Affordable Housing, and Community

On November 9th, St. Nicks Alliance supporters, friends, and staff celebrated the organization’s 42nd Anniversary at the Greenpoint Loft (67 West Street). This year’s benefit honored four District 14 principals (from PS 18, PS 147, PS 250 and the Brooklyn Arbor School) and Superintendent Alicja Winnicki who collaborate with St. Nicks Alliance in helping children improve their literacy skills and academic performance.  St. Nicks Alliance also acknowledged the lawyers who helped save 211 Ainslie for the community, and Maria Rosado, the recently retired founder of MHR Management who has worked to provide affordable housing throughout her career.

“We surpassed our goal! This reflects the support of work in North Brooklyn by our friends, board members, and fundraising committee!” said Jose Leon, Deputy Director of St. Nicks Alliance regarding the $322K that this year’s benefit raised.

StNicks_Program_Sponsors pageThe funds raised at the annual Awards Benefit support results-oriented work that seeks to transform lives of low- and moderate-income people through employment, education, housing, and health care.  In 2017 St. Nicks Alliance’s Workforce Development Center trained 185 and placed over 155 in jobs. This year St. Nicks Alliance’s Youth and Education supported academic, creative and socio-emotional growth of 6,400 North Brooklyn youth at 16 afterschool centers, 3 community schools, 3 community centers, and 5 high schools. Also the Career GPS Center was opened at the Grand Street Campus, to further aid students in their post-graduation navigation of college and career opportunities. 698 frail elderly in home received 1.5 million hours of service from 925 St. Nicks Alliance Home Care workers in 2017. St. Nicks Alliance managed 1,720 affordable units housing over 5,800 low/moderate income residents, and they prevented the illegal eviction of 200 residents. This is only a nutshell-sized version of St. Nicks Alliance’s accomplishments for the year.

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Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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