Co-Chair Message

Dear Friends of Harlem Dowling,

Welcome to the Harlem Dowling Site. We welcome you to get to know us and learn about the wonderful things we do that impact the lives of children and their families, all over the city.

We have the power of two. We became Board Co-Chairs in 2012 at a time of change and transformation for Harlem Dowling. To ensure the agency’s lasting legacy and strengthen what and how we do it, the Harlem Dowling senior team and the Board created a strategic alliance with a strong, respected agency, The Children’s Village. With their support and strong leadership, we are now focused on Harlem Dowling’s future and on expanding Preventive Services for children and families. We are excited to be launching into the long but rewarding process of building an exciting and much-needed community resource of affordable housing in Harlem for families, adults and young people aging out of Foster Care at our new and future location on 127th St., and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.

Today, Harlem Dowling works to develop confidence, resilience, academic skills, and adult/family support to be the foundation for helping Harlem’s children become responsible, self-sufficient adults.  What sustains our commitment and that of other Board members is the continuing needs of our community and the dedication, professionalism and heart of our staff that stay steadily focused on serving our clients and community for decades.

With your help and support, we look forward to transforming Harlem Dowling and building a long-term solid financial footing to withstand the reductions in government funding and support. We look forward to successfully completing the building project of the new Home for Harlem Dowling in 2016 and adding highly qualified board members. We have a primary focus on fundraising and identifying committed donors who with us, the board and wonderful staff, will contribute to building the Harlem Dowling of the future.

With Gratitude and Appreciation,

Jaye Smith and Jean Patton

Co- Board Chairs

Harlem Dowling