The Let’s Pretend Ball is a night when we imagine all that is possible together.
For generations, we have invited New Yorkers to attend our imaginary ball, a tradition that has raised over two million dollars - every penny of which has gone directly to empowering, supporting and advocating for their neighbors.
Remembering The Past... Envisioning The Future
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A small group of young people, led by Rose Gruening, open our doors to immigrants arriving in the Lower East Side (back then we were called Arnold Toynbee House!)
In the midst of the Depression, Rose Gruening gives us Camp Moodna, ensuring a safe learning environment and retreat for generations.
Our clubs for young men and women empower multitudes of new Irish, Italian, and Eastern European immigrants to succeed in NYC.
The onset of WWII inspires our Let's Pretend Ball, an imaginary gala that still has the power to bring the community together.
New flocks of immigrants from the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia bring more diversity to the enclaves in the neighborhood - and inclusive diversity to our programs and services.
We support the neighborhood through critical changes, including empowering the Hispanic movement to reclaim the Loisaida - demonstrating all New Yorkers' right to a space and place to call home.
A SECOND HOME
We move to our current headquarters at 80 Pitt Street.
We expand our services and family across the Williamsburg Bridge into Brooklyn through partnerships with public schools.
Volunteer mentors from our JUMP! program pull together the first annual Taste of the Lower East Side (many of these same activists have served on our Board of Directors!)
We open our first Child & Family Center in Brooklyn at 793 Knickerbocker, making child care available to Bushwick families.
We are named lead community partner of Essex Crossing, the multi use development project selected by the City of New York to rejuvenate and uplift the Seward Park neighborhood.
An historic milestone - we celebrate one hundred years of service... and prepare for one hundred more!
Throughout the past 100 years, the power of imagination
has made a real difference.
Grand St. Settlement has taken what was once only imagined and made it into reality.
In 1916, we opened the doors of Grand St. Settlement, inviting New Yorkers to create a community that addresses their emergent needs and most critical issues. For a century, we have connected New Yorkers to opportunities that inspire, services that keep families strong, and programs that bring communities closer.
BOLD. GRAND. INSPIRED.
See how we’re helping New Yorkers #JUMPSTARTCHANGE in their communities.
Your investment in Grand St. Settlement makes the work we do on behalf of all our neighbors possible. We invite you to pretend with us – the difference you’ll make is real!
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