Dear Friend of BWI,
Right now, our nation and our city are facing a once-in-a-lifetime crisis, and the low-income New Yorkers and communities of color BWI serves are at the epicenter. They are more likely to have been furloughed or laid off; their communities are experiencing higher rates of infection and death from COVID-19; and they are bearing witness each day to a national reckoning with how racism affects every system in this country, not least of all the economy.
I believe there will be an “other side” to all this, but we have a long way to go. In the meantime, BWI will be here, doing what we’ve always done: bridging the gap to empowering, stable careers. On Zoom, over the phone - and as soon as it is safe - back together in small groups. We’re working hard to ensure that New Yorkers grappling with the effects of poverty and racism have the resources they need to skill up, and to re-enter the workforce.
This, our summer newsletter, outlines what some of this work looks like. I hope it reaches you and your loved ones in good health. Thank you, always, for being part of our mission.