We are uniquely situated to have a meaningful impact:
The Promise We Share takes a need-based approach to connecting with community partners and taking initiative where we can, how we can. Through a partnership-focused paradigm, we bring collaboration to the nonprofit sector.
Model #1: We conduct our own research to identify gaps in community services and then form a local partnership to address this systemic fracture. In one of our first projects, we found that financial and health resources for homeless families were not suited for homeless individuals with disabilities, and this was leading to chronic poverty in this subpopulation. In response, we connected with a homeless shelter in New Rochelle, Westchester, and we created a 4-week personal health and fitness program tailored towards adults with minor developmental disabilities. We trained their staff to administer the course, and we use surveys to regularly assess the efficacy of the program and make adjustments accordingly.
Model #2: Organizations reach out to us because they want to improve a specific outcome, and we work together to brainstorm programs that PWS could design for them to help them expand and advance. For example, a local youth bureau reached out to us about wanting to build an enriching teen program, so we created a 12-week seminar that mobilized students through art, engineering, and public speaking as well as connected them to internship opportunities in fields that they were interested in.
We typically form ongoing partnerships with organizations we work with and continue to create resources for them as needed. We consult with doctors, psychologists, lawyers, and educators when revising all of our programs to ensure it is as accessible and accurate as possible for the target population.