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Highlighting Our Heroes: Hakeem Shavers

“Once you are here, you become family…” As a teenager growing up in the South Bronx, Hakeem found a home at East Side House’s teen program at Mitchel Community Center. It was a place he felt safe and the staff nurtured his talent and love for basketball. Through East Side House Services, Hakeem was placed


Highlighting Our Heroes: Diana Rodriguez

Diana Rodriguez has been a beloved member of the East Side House community for the past 6 years, most recently as our Director of Government Relations where she has built relationships with coalitions and elected officials, and advocates for policies that can better our communities. When COVID-19 hit, she kept up her work by checking


Community Comes First

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected the most vulnerable communities in New York City. As East Side House already serves many of these communities, we had a firsthand view on the impact and quickly got into gear to meet the need. In response to quarantine and its economic impact, we have done everything we can


Feeding the Need in the Bronx

On Wednesday, April 29th, our team came together to distribute three truckloads of food to families in need in the South Bronx. With the support of our volunteers and our partner, Farms to Food Banks, we were able to feed 800 families! We’re so proud to take part in this effort, but the needs is


Community Comes Together to Feed Families in the South Bronx

In collaboration with Farms to Food Banks, we helped to coordinated a delivery of 43,000 pounds of potatoes from farmers in Idaho who are experiencing a surplus as a result of COVID-19 and are distributing it to families in need in the South Bronx. Special thank you to our partners: Zaro’s Family Bakery for donating


AWAY Travels to the Bronx

We’re always excited to have visitors, but this month we had an especially fun visit from the team at Away, a modern travel and luggage brand. The group got an inside peek at our youngest students with a travel-themed activity. Volunteers and students read Curious George Takes a Trip together and then created crafty mobiles


Middle School Ambassadors Take D.C.

Over the course of 3 months, these 8th graders were tasked with researching Washington, D.C. monuments and museums and sharing the significance of these sites with the group. In mid-February, the students embarked on a 4 day trip where they got to explore the city including Howard University, the Capitol Building, the National Museum of


Pix 11’s Mr. G Visits East Side House’s PSP Progam

The news is spreading about East Side House’s Post-Secondary Pathways (PSP) program! Pix 11’s Mr. G paid ESH a visit to learn more about the PSP program, which helps high school and high school equivalency students earn industry-recognized credentials while they are working towards their diploma. He took a moment to chat with our Executive


The Winter Show 2020: Unrivaled

The Loan Exhibit Sponsor for The Winter Show 2020 was the Hispanic Society Museum & Library. Their exhibition gave visitors an introduction into the history of Hispanic art with works by Diego Velazquez and El Greco. The Hispanic Society helped to make The Winter Show a successful event for East Side House! Every year, proceeds