More than 17 million, or almost one in four, American children are at risk of hunger. (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Union Settlement Association

Manhattan

For 116 years, Union Settlement Association has worked with and for the struggling community of East Harlem. A community mainstay, they seek to foster leadership and self-sufficiency by assisting their neighbors in building better lives for themselves and their families, and serve more than 13,000 residents each year.

Peer Support and Information Exchange


UNH works to strengthen the system of settlement houses and community centers by providing support for its member agency workforce, which numbers close to 10,000 employees. As part of this support, UNH organizes meetings of staff with similar jobs from member agencies. Since there is often only one person in each agency with a particular job title, these meetings provide the opportunity for peer support, sharing of best practices and learning opportunities that are not otherwise available, as follows:

In addition to regular meetings, some of these groups take part in special training sessions or retreats. The UNH Executive Directors Council holds a full day annual retreat in the winter; topics have included managing during the economic downturn, approaches to leadership and advocacy strategies.

 

Examples of Topics/Discussions at Peer Group Meetings:


In addition, UNH convenes member agency staff around specific program areas including early childhood education, youth, aging and immigrant services to discuss advocacy issues and funding issues as they arise.

To learn more about UNH's peer support groups, please contact Snehal Majithia, Deputy Director of Member Services.

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