USES 2018 Annual Report
The mission of United South End Settlements is to harness the power of our diverse community to disrupt the cycle of poverty for children and their families.
Through the Vision125 strategic planning process, USES identified three core values that guide our work: community, diversity, and opportunity. Over the past year – a year of daunting challenges and incredible successes – we saw the beautiful ways in which these values are embraced and embodied by the USES family.
On January 7th, a pipe burst on the 4th floor in our youth center, causing damage on all five floors of the building and displacing over 100 children and dozens of staff from our programs. The immediate impact on our families was devastating. The stress felt by our staff was overwhelming. And then, generosity poured in. Families offered support and resources to those in need, community members offered up their homes as classrooms, our teachers provided off-site childcare to anyone who needed it, and 238 supporters contributed to an emergency fund that enabled us to reopen our doors on June 4th.
Despite the challenge of our facilities, USES thrived in 2018, showcasing our focus on building resources, relationships, and resilience:
By including people from various backgrounds, skill sets, and perspectives in disrupting the cycle of poverty, we believe that USES will achieve the greatest positive impact on children and their families.
To realize our vision of families empowered with the resources, resilience, and relationships needed to reach their full potential, 2018 marked a shift in our model. In a return to our settlement house roots, we support families with a two-generation approach that provides children with early childhood education, after-school enrichment, and leadership development through sleepaway camp, while engaging parents and caregivers in job training, goal setting, and coaching.
At USES, we believe that all people have potential and deserve access to top quality educational and economic opportunities. We invite you to join us as partners – as Change Makers – who share our vision.