The new year has gotten off to a great start in Sunset Park! The School and Community Supports Committee kicked off the year with a community forum, hosting 75 staff from partner organizations to launch our new Community Resource Guide. The guide includes detailed information about local agencies and services and a directory-style listing of city-wide services. It has been developed by the committee as a web-based tool to support connection across and among the organizations of Sunset Park Promise, and provides agency staff with an easy, online resource to strengthen their work with residents.
The Community Leadership Resource Forum was sponsored by the generous support of City Council member Sara Gonzalez and in partnership with community partner, Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow. In addition to staff from Lutheran Family Health Centers and Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, attendance at the forum included members of Community Board 7 and staff from PS503, PS24, New York City Department of Education, La Unión, Young Dancers in Repertoire, Parent-Child Home Program, Turning Point, Fifth Avenue Committee, Sunset Bay, Red Hook Community Justice Center, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Center for Family Life, and the Clarimar Group.
Project leaders, Stacie Evans and Alyse Erman present Promise
information and data from the SPPN Community Needs Survey.
Visnja of partner organization, Neighbors Helping Neighbors,
walks Forum participants through the layout and use of the Resource Guide.
In addition to launching the Resource Guide, the Forum provided a networking opportunity for partner agency staff, a chance to put faces with names for the resources included in the Guide. The Promise team led participants through a series of activities designed to foster those connections, and the evening concluded with report-backs, reflections, and suggestions for future resource and information-sharing sessions.
The Sunset Park Promise Neighborhood Community Resource Guide will officially go live February 20th!