Thanks to supporters like you, thousands of low-income and immigrant New Yorkers are getting on their feet and paving the way for others to live with respect and dignity. In 2014, in response to the work of Make the Road New York (MRNY) members and our allies across the nation, President Obama took action to address our broken immigration system with a life-changing program that will create work opportunities for millions of immigrant families and protect them from deportation. Tens of thousands of families in MRNY’s neighborhoods will be eligible.
That’s why we’re ramping up our outreach and legal counseling services to help 10,000 families apply in 2015. We’ll connect them to our intensive suite of services: adult education classes, support to access college, job training and placement, and legal resources to help families tackle poverty. Thousands of community members used these services to get on track to a better life in 2014.
Together, we also made important progress to establish a more just New York City and State. MRNY’s work resulted in policy transformations benefiting millions—from guaranteed paid sick days for low-wage workers, to a game-changing community schools model for New York City, to expanded human rights in Long Island, to IDNYC, a new City ID cards program in such high demand that our offices have been flooded with immigrant families eager to take advantage of this essential civic benefit.
We will build on these achievements in 2015 with your continued partnership. We are incredibly grateful for your support.
Deborah Axt & Javier Valdés, Co-Executive Directors