St. Nicks Alliance Celebrates 47 years

Laura Lisa Emcees SNA Benefit 2022 001: Laura James, vice chair and Lisa Gutting, fundraising chair emceed the presentation of St. Nicks Alliance’s highlights of their work this year. 

St. Nicks Alliance celebrated a year of successes in workforce development, education, elder care, and affordable housing.  Just one example on the affordable housing front:  less than a month ago they participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony at 88 Throop as part of Unified Neighborhood Partners who will bring a development of five buildings of affordable housing to the area.  Workforce trainings and adult education classes, more popular than ever, are opening the door to higher incomes.  St. Nicks Alliance’s Youth & Education supports 6,000 youth from early childhood to graduation and sets them on the path to be lifelong learners. Elder care has expanded and now has two senior centers (Cooper Park Older Adult Center and Swinging Sixties Senior Center) and offers services at Lindsay Park Co-op’s Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC).

Communities Resist (CoRe) legal services non-profit often partners with St. Nicks Alliance to help tenants stay in their homes and to learn about their rights in legal workshops. Pictured (l to r) Lina Lee, exec. dir. CoRe; Michael Rochford, St. Nicks Alliance exec. dir.; Erin Henegan, CoRe; Zachary Penzone, CoRe; Adam Myers, CoRe; Carmen Manzano, CoRe; Dennis Donnelly, CoRe Photo credit: Stefano Giovannini
Star partners in St. Nicks Alliance’s work in building affordable housing (l to r) _______; Samantha Alvarez, Magnusson Architecture and Planning; Hercules Argyriou, Mega Contracting Photo credit: Stefano Giovannini
St. Nicks Alliance leadership and board members salute Joe Lentol. (l to r) Laura James, vice chair; Michael Rochford, exec. dir.; Phil Caponegro, pres. Conselyea Street Block Association (CSBA); Martha Holstein; Former Assembly Member Joseph R. Lentol; Felicia Pecoraro; Lisa Summa; Lisa Gutting; Jose Leon, 1st dep. exec. dir.  Photo credit: Stefano Giovannini

The celebration also honored former Assembly Member Joseph R. Lentol for his 48 years in the state legislature.  As a friend and supporter of St. Nicks Alliance, Joe was a founder of Evergreen, supporter of Affordable Housing, Neighborhood Preservation, and the Settlement House Initiative. Together with NYS Assembly Member Emily Gallagher, Joe succeeded in allocating $500,000 towards the School Settlement Association and 211 Ainslie Street community facilities.

Assembly Member Emily Gallagher with tenant advocates, United Neighbors Organization (UNO) Photo credit: Stefano Giovannini
Community partners applaud St. Nicks Alliance’s work. (l to r) Debra Benders, Cooper Park Residents Council president; Geraldine Lawrence, Cooper Park Houses Residents Council; and Felice Kirby, North Brooklyn Angels dir. of partnerships and special projects Photo credit: Stefano Giovannini

Author: The Greenline

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