Last Friday, members of the Grace Outreach team attended the 2018 Women’s Resilience Conference at Hostos Community College. The event was held as a part of Women’s History Month, and was sponsored by the New York Women’s Foundation and the Center for Bronx Non-Profits. The morning started out with a networking breakfast, then moved to a keynote speech from New York Women’s Foundation President and CEO Ana L. Oliveira, who gave an inspiring speech about how we can summon unity and resilience to create systemic change. As part of the event, Grace Outreach’s Executive Director Dr. Danae Mcleod spoke about the important work Grace Outreach does in the South Bronx, as well as her own commitment to advocating for undocumented students.
In addition to our very own Executive Director, there were many amazing participants in the pop-up table talks, where conference attendees got a chance to hear about all of the great service work being done in New York City. We heard about programs addressing mental health among undocumented residents, programs to extend lines of credit to small businesses in economically under served neighborhoods, programs to serve several different immigrant communities, and programs to enforce the city’s gender discrimination laws.
After lunch, The NYC Deputy Commissioner for Community relations spoke to participants about the protections for women under the NYC Human Rights Law. The last workshop of the day was led by Safe Horizon, a victim assistance organization, that spoke about how to respond to sexual harassment and about best practices and resources for survivors of crime and abuse. A segment on the day-long event was covered by BronxNet, please find the link here: https://www.bronxnet.org/watch/videos/4695/
Grace Outreach was honored to be counted among the many organizations that provide crucial services to under served communities across the city and to celebrate Women’s History Month with so many amazing individuals!