Room to Grow NEW YORK
Summer 2015 NEWS

Dear Friends,

The National Center for Education Statistics recently reported that "living in poverty during early childhood is associated with lower than average academic performance that begins in kindergarten and extends through elementary and high school." Room to Grow addresses this issue by working with families to support school readiness, social-emotional development, and health and wellness in the earliest years; all of which are important factors in the long-term success of children. As we approach the last days of summer and prepare for the school year, we look forward to our continued work together in helping vulnerable children enter school ready to learn and succeed. Thank you for your ongoing support and enjoy the rest of your summer! 


Allyson Crawford
Executive Director, New York 

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PowerBreakfastComing Soon: Fall Power Breakfast!
CapitalCampaignSpace Revitalization
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BookDriveNurture a Love of Reading

Please join us this October for a lively discussion on health and wellness. We are thrilled to present Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post as our featured guest speaker. Early bird tickets are available through September 8th. Register and learn more about the event.


Over the past 15 years, our family center has been well-loved and well-used by hundreds of babies and their families - cumulatively, over 10,000 visits! Now it's critical to reinvest in our space, creating a more welcoming environment where families can enjoy their visits and find refuge. Contact Allyson Crawford to support this exciting project.


Reading aloud to children is proven to increase school readiness. Help us promote early literacy by participating in our Summer Reading & Back to School Book Drive. Donate new or nearly new books, purchase books, organize a drive or make a financial contribution. Contact Elaine Chow for additional information.

FamilySpotlightFerdina & Malcolm's Story

Ferdina and Malcolm came to New York from West Ghana seeking the "American Dream." But when they first arrived, that dream felt far away. With help from Room to Grow, the couple transitioned from living in shelters to their own apartment, gaining confidence and stability as they cared for their young son and daughter.

Ten years later, they shared their reflections at our recent Spring Gala. Faced with the choice to pay rent or buy a stroller and risk being evicted, the family credits Room to Grow with alleviating the burden of this impossible choice. "This was a life changing moment for us because we were able to provide for our child and remain in our home." Today, Ferdina is pursuing a master's degree, Malcolm is a restaurant manager, and both children are doing very well in elementary school.



You can help families like Ferdina and Malcolm's

"We know that if we work hard, our dreams 
and our children's dreams - will come true."  
Room to Grow Parent




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Credits: Banner & Book Drive: Nicole Chan Photography | Letter from Executive Director & Ferdina & Malcolm's Story: David Smith Photography | Capital Campaign Rendering: Gensler