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$100,000 Award from the Starr Foundation!

                                                                          Contact:     Naomi Hopkins                                                                         



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                                    ESS Receives $100,000 Grant from Starr Foundation

New York, NY—ESS and its affiliate Sheltering Arms announced today that they are the recipient of a $100,000 general operating support grant from the Starr Foundation. Starr is one of the largest private foundations in the United States, awarding grants in a number of areas, with an emphasis on Education and Human Needs programming, which are also two of ESS’ core areas.

 ”Starr’s partnership will be a vital part in our efforts to help-low income families lead healthy, productive lives in New York City,” said Elizabeth McCarthy, Executive Director. “The recognition that nonprofits are in great need of general operating support to maintain their infrastructure and flexibility is especially important in the current economic climate.”

 At a time when both the needs of the New York communities in which ESS serves continue to grow and dependency on government funding must decrease, ESS is pursuing diversified avenues of financial support.  To ensure continued high caliber programming and quality service, ESS has developed a strategic business model which places an increased emphasis on private support.  Starr’s contributions towards ESS through a General Operating grant support the agency’s recent efforts to increase internal infrastructures while expanding needed programming, including a recent IT overhaul, a renovation of the ESS Health Clinic, new facilities opening in our Developmental Disabilities Services and Department of Juvenile Justice programs, and consistently high census numbers in our child welfare programs. ESS is already among an elite group of human service organizations with certification from Council on Accreditation (COA,) an international organization that accredits and monitors service delivery to over seven million individuals.

 Founded in 1831, ESS is a non-sectarian human services organization serving up to 5,000 of New York City’s most vulnerable citizens each year through foster care and adoption, family preservation, early childhood education, after-school programs, group homes and day programs for developmentally disabled adults. More information on ESS can be found at www.essnyc.org.


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