A Message from Our CEO

September 15, 2021

Jeannette RuffinsI am honored to work with staff who care deeply about serving homeless persons and empowering them with the tools to thrive.

Professional care workers are highly-skilled, with the know-how to address challenges in our communities. Our care workers have Master of Social Work degrees, are licensed mental health counselors, have clinical expertise, are trained in alcohol and substance abuse counseling, and/or have extensive experience working with children, families, seniors, and young adults.

However, underfunded government contracts bring many workers perilously close to needing some of the same social services their clients need.

Nonprofits provide the vast majority of housing, care and other services for the City’s homeless persons. Homeward NYC works in coalition with other providers to educate officials and influence housing policy to end chronic homelessness.

This includes building new supportive housing (that’s affordable housing with support services), increased funding for social workers, and increased rental assistance to help young mothers like Naomi (transition from our family shelter to a permanent family home.

Thank you for staying informed, getting involved, and for sustaining our services. Your kindness and giving promote the wellbeing of homeless persons—and the wellbeing of our local communities. We are stronger together.

You can stay up to date on resident and staff stories by following us on social media @HomewardNYC and signing up for email news at www.homeward.nyc/updates.

Please know that your generosity is life-changing for homeless young mothers, children, LGBTQ young adults and seniors. Thank you!

All the best,
Jeannette K. Ruffins
Chief Executive Officer
September 2021

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