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New York City is a place of unbelieveable opportunity and wealth. But despite that, many children and families aren’t able to take advantage of it. They aren’t able to look up, take a breath and even contemplate what a brighter future could look like.

For 150 years, HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services has worked to equalize opportunities for those who need it most. We began and continue to exist because the need is local, real and urgent. Join us on our mission.

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Each child and family that comes through our doors has a completely unique set of circumstances. Our four core divisions work seamlessly together to provide the necessary type and shape of support:

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Join our highly-qualified staff and make an impact in the lives of children and families. At HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services, we provide our staff with a collegial work environment and offer ample opportunities to develop your professional skills. We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package. Our diverse staff works tirelessly to respond to the needs of those seeking our help.

Join HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services, and make a difference in someone’s life.

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Eric grew up in foster care and didn’t have the unconditional love of family that we all deserve. But HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services was there and believed in Eric’s potential from the beginning. Eric became a college graduate, earned his Master’s and started a family. Today, Eric Williams oversees HSVS group homes that he once lived in.

We subscribe to four key guiding principles, each focused on driving real, lasting impact:

Unlocking Belief

Belief is a powerful thing. When you have it, you can better evaluate your surroundings and take your own steps to propel yourself forward. Every day we strive to uncover potential, and unlock belief. It’s why we’re here.

Radical Acceptance

Each child and family is different. They come with their own backstory, their unique set of roadblocks, and their individual set of needs. No matter their situation, we accept them.

Authentic Hustle

Our history is rich, but we operate with an eye to the future. There’s much work to be done, and the need is not going to disappear. A dedication to realness, scrappiness, and authenticity drives the entire organization.

Outcome Focused

We are a data-driven, human agency, evolving as new evidence appears. Confident in our process and programming, but aware that tracking, iteration and improvement are requirements if we are going to continue to grow and expand our reach across the City.

Because of their circumstances, our youth already have the toughness and grit required to succeed. This program is about surrounding them with the necessary support system— one that we all take for granted—to own their future.

Dawn Saffayeh Executive Director, HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services

5000 children are seperated from their families in New York City each year.

LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the foster care system and twice as likely to be treated poorly.

Nationally only 3% of foster youth graduate from higher education.

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Family Creates Art to Tackle Grief and Move Forward

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Family Overcomes Loss from Superstorm Sandy

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Mother Navigates Son’s Special Health Care Needs

Today there are nearly 9,000 children and teens in the City’s foster care system.

But there are many ways we can work together to improve their lives, and transform the child welfare system as a whole.

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Organizing Ourselves for Success

Each child and family that comes through our doors has a completely unique set of circumstances. Our four core divisions work seamlessly together to provide the necessary type and shape of support:

Foster Care & Preventive Services
Integrated Health Services
Residential & Housing Programs
Youth Development & Community Programs

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Kenneth P. Nolan, Esq., Chair

Kenneth P. Nolan is an attorney at Speiser Krause specializing in aviation personal injury and wrongful death litigation and trials. He was a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) in the Swissair, Egyptair and Comair litigation, was co-lead of the PSC in the American Air Flight 587 litigation, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the PSC in the September 11, 2001 civil and terrorist litigations. Ken has also been named a Super Lawyer which means he is recognized by his peers, including adversaries, as one of the top attorneys in his field. He has tried numerous aviation cases including the Avianca case in New York City, the Korean Air Flight 007 case in Washington, D.C. and the USAirways crash at LaGuardia in Cleveland. Ken has lectured extensively on aviation and other legal issues throughout the United States and also in England, France, Mexico, Canada and Austria. Ken also has authored over 50 articles in The New York Times, as well as other publications, including The ABA Journal and The DePaul Law Review. HeartShare’s Nolan Residence for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Canarsie, Brooklyn is named in honor of Ken’s commitment to the organization. Ken earned his JD from Brooklyn Law School.

Dear Friends,

HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services was created as an affiliate of HeartShare Human Services in 2014, continuing the close to 150 year legacy of St. Vincent’s Services, which was founded in 1869 as a home for homeless newsboys in downtown Brooklyn. I am proud to lead HeartShare St. Vincent’s in continuing this legacy.

It is our vision that everyone in our City can thrive and live happy and healthy lives. However, we have great disparities across our neighborhoods. Many children and youth who are growing up in poor neighborhoods just don’t have the same access to education and support that they need to succeed in school and in life.

At HeartShare St. Vincent’s we believe the road to equalizing opportunities for young people can be found through healing, family and education. For example, only 3 percent of youth in foster care graduate from a four year college. This year, we have a record 50 scholars enrolled in our American Dream Program. This is just one of the many ways bridge the gaps between neighborhoods, so that all children, individuals and families can thrive.

Join us in our mission to empower youth to achieve a college education, to help families overcome crises, and to make a difference in the lives of those who desperately need it, in whatever way you can.

Sincerely,

Dawn Saffayeh SignatureDawn Saffayeh Executive Director