Letter from Michelle

Happy Thanksgiving! We are so grateful for your support of our mission to build a strong, sustainable community. When I look back on our year, I think of new gardens sprouting in empty lots, youth leaders advising their fellow high school students on the path to college, and residents realizing the American dream by purchasing their first home. We are proud of the work we do to build our community and we could not have done it without your generous support.

PromiseIt’s been an exciting and busy fall, as you’ll read in this newsletter. Just two weeks ago, neighbors, parents, and young people came together to envision how their community can support all children to succeed in school, and to come up with specific ideas to implement here in Cypress Hills. It’s all part of the Promise Neighborhoods planning process in

which we are partnering with dozens of community groups. And we’ve also launched the Middle School Student Success Center at IS 171, which assists students and families in navigating the complex process of sifting through hundreds of New York City high school and choosing the one that will prepare them for college and career. And so much more is on the way. We are hard at work on the last stages of construction of Cypress Village, which will give 29 low-income families a beautiful, affordable, and sustainable place to live. They’ll start moving in by end of next month!

All of this, of course, is part of what we do every day, nurturing leadership in our youth programs, our community organizing efforts, and our day-to-day work with residents-the kind of leadership that leads to improving our neighborhood. So from all of us at Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, thank you and may you have a joyous and bountiful Thanksgiving.


With warmest regards,

Michelle Neugebauer
Executive Director


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