The NYC Haitian Community Hope & Healing Fund was established by the Brooklyn Community Foundation and the United Way of NYC to address the short and long-term needs of individuals, families and communities in the New York City area affected by the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti.New York City is home to one of the largest Haitian communities outside of Haiti – more than 130,000 individuals – the vast majority of whom live in Brooklyn and Queens.
The Fund, which closed in January 2012, provided financial support and critical resources to local nonprofit organizations that are attuned to the needs of their neighborhoods; it focused on strengthening these organizations so that they can most effectively serve the anticipated increased number of people who need assistance with immigration, grief and trauma, job training, housing, English language acquisition and more over the coming months and years.
The Fund supported:
- Case Management: Culturally competent staff to connect those affected with existing resources and help address issues such as immigration, housing, financial assistance, public benefits, counseling, job training and placement
- Legal Services: Legal services to assist Haitians seeking to secure Temporary Protective Status in the United States and to coordinate and expand existing immigration/legal services throughout the community
- Healing: Individual and group counseling as well as creative, community-based responses to unify and encourage expression of grief, and offer positive, supportive environments for both adults and young people as they grieve and heal
- Education: Language and enrichment programs for young adults so they have a better opportunity for future success, as well as English language acquisition programs for adults seeking employment and adjusting to life in the U.S.
Joan Maynard & James Weeks College Scholarship
The Joan Maynard/James Weeks Scholarship was initiated with a $50,000 endowment from the Brooklyn Community Foundation. It was intended to provide an annual college scholarship for a young man or woman living in the Kingsborough Houses, located across the street from the Weeksville Heritage Center.
The scholarship was created in tribute to Joan Maynard for her unwavering dedication to saving and sharing the story of Weeksville, and to James Weeks for whom Weeksville is named.
Watch the story of Eric, a Maynard/Weeks scholar: