New Alternatives for Children
In the early 1980s, hundreds of medically fragile children with profound healthcare and social needs were growing up in New York City–area hospitals. These children, once referred to as ‘throwaway kids’ by the public, faced challenges that overwhelmed existing child welfare agencies. New Alternatives for Children (NAC) was founded in 1982 on the belief that every child deserves a safe, nurturing home and a bright future - a belief that defied popular opinion. Agency founders believed that, with adequate support, families living in poverty could welcome home their medically fragile children, or that foster and adoptive families could be found when this was not possible. Nearly three decades of NAC success stories has proven this belief to be true.
The agency began as a demonstration project with a budget of $100,000, and in 1985, the agency’s Prevention program welcomed its first 15 families. NAC helped these families secure support services enabling their medically fragile children to come home from the hospital, in some cases, for the first time.
NAC has grown in size and scope while remaining true to its original mission. Today, NAC serves 1,400 children and families a year. In addition to Prevention and Foster Care, NAC provides prevention aftercare and post adoption services, mental health and medical care, educational services, over 30 annual recreation activities and programs, creative arts programs, housing advocacy, and transportation services.
nycTIES Partnership Year: 2007
Fundraising Events: "From the Stage to the Streets" and Annual Fall Gala
nycTIES kicked-off the festivities on Stage - the stage of Merkin Concert Hall - on Saturday, September 27 with "From the Stage to the Streets." On this evening of elegance and style, contemporary classical composer David Homan excited our audience with the performance of "Einstein's Dreams" and other works inspired by the children of NAC.
Then, on November 12th, nycTIES hosted its Annual Fall Gala as part two of From the Stage to the Streets. This second event brought the Streets to several hundred attendees - featuring some of the best and most intriguing buskers found on New York City's streets, sidewalks and subway platforms. In the end, the 2-part initiative involved over 500 young professionals and a significant donation for NAC.
nycTIES voted to allocate our collective donation to NAC's flagship event: The NAC Christmas Party at the Javitz Center. In such a difficult economic year, nycTIES devoted our funds and volunteer manpower to insure the families enjoyed the same holiday experience as they had in years past.
"From the moment they stepped through NAC's front door, nycTIES has demonstrated their commitment to our mission and families and we at NAC feel truly grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with such a dedicated organization." Arlene Goldsmith, Ph.D., Executive Director, New Alternatives for Children, Inc.