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L-R representative of Councilmember Barry Grodenchik, Assemblyman David Weprin, Rep. Grace Meng, State Sen. Leroy Comrie, and Corinne Hammons, CEO, Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York

The latest from Big Brothers Big Sisters ... Little Flower Children and Family Services ... Raise the Age

Updates from nonprofits across New York.
October 1, 2018

There are two new members of the board at Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City. John Dowd, CEO of Fiduciary Trust Company International, will bring 30 years of wealth management experience to the nonprofit, which provides youth mentoring services. Sky Milch, a partner of PwC’s Advisory practice in New York, will bring extra financial punch to the board. He currently advises clients on merger planning and due diligence, according to a Sept. 27 press release.


The New York City Department of Homeless Services has secured $1.1 million worth of plumbing services. Brooklyn-based Richard Plumbing and Heating Company received the contract – applied retroactively – to provide on-call plumbing services citywide from Jan. 1 of this year until Jan. 4, 2019. City Meals on Wheels has won a $2 million contract from the Department for the Aging to provide home-delivered meals and senior services, according to the City Record.


Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York has opened a new facility in Bayside, Queens. State Sen. Leroy Comrie and representatives from the offices of Rep. Grace Meng, Assemblyman David Weprin, and City Councilman Barry Grodenchik joined staff and residents of the new “Individual Residential Alternative” at a ribbon cutting on Sept. 27.

“The new IRA, Rose House, is another indicator of Little Flower’s growing footprint in Queens and commitment to helping people with developmental disabilities live the best life possible,” reads a Sept. 27 press release. “Staff will provide a nurturing, goal-oriented and safe environment for the residents as well as provide around the clock residential services, assistance and supervision in community integration, nutrition and their overall health. They will also regularly attend a day habilitation program within the community.”


Oct. 1 is the deadline to implement part of Raise the Age legislation. That does not mean, however, that all the facilities related to the legislation are ready for the 16-year-olds who are supposed to exit adult prisons this year – 17-year-olds will do so next year. Here is a statewide schedule of facility opening dates, provided by someone in the know:


A group of Asian American nonprofits wants New York City to think twice before relocating the Manhattan Detention Center in Chinatown. The new facility is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to replace Rikers Island with borough-based jails. “We are calling on you to STOP THE CLOCK on the proposed relocation until a process is in place that addresses the concerns of the residents, small businesses, and other stakeholders. We also request a meeting with you to discuss the issue and review the concerns we have,” reads the Sept. 26 letter.

Read the full letter below:

Zach Williams
Zach Williams
is a staff reporter at New York Nonprofit Media and sister publication City & State.