The anniversary celebration continued with performances by members of Westhab's youth programs, including an African dance led by an instructor from ArtsWestchester, one of the nonprofit's community-based partners.
Working in partnership with Westchester County's department of social services, Westhab operates homeless shelters, transition apartments, and 1,000 residential apartments, all of which help people move from homelessness to permanent, affordable housing.
Westhab's mission also includes helping people find jobs and focusing on the community's next generation. "We are helping people get on their feet," Miller says, "and helping them realize they can make it with a little help." Each year, about 370 people on public assistance programs go to Westhab seeking help in finding employment. Westhab also serves 1,200 young people every year in shelter and community-based programs. "The multi-faceted programs are designed to level the playing field and give kids a chance to climb out of poverty," Miller says. "We try to get them to the point where they realize the can succeed."
For more information on Westhab and its services, visit www.westhab.org.