ROBIN HOOD HONORS THE PEOPLE AND PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE LEADING THE FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY

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Every day, countless New Yorkers who are living in poverty overcome enormous challenges to build better lives for themselves and their families, often with help.

Robin Hood is committed to sharing their stories.

MEET ROBIN HOOD'S 2017 HEROES

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WENDY

CHILDREN'S AID
2017 Hero Award Recipient

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VICTOR

TERRA FIRMA
2017 Hero Award Recipient

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NINOSKA

THE DOOR & BREAKING GROUND
2017 Hero Award Recipient

VICTOR

When he was 18 and living in El Salvador, Victor refused to join a vicious local gang. A few weeks later, the gang leader put a gun to his head and threatened to kill him if he didn’t reconsider. Faced with no other option but near-certain death, Victor and his younger brother left their family behind, embarking on a harrowing seven-month journey to New York City.

After arriving, Victor was determined to make the most of his new life, but he didn’t know where to start. Luckily, he soon found his way to Terra Firma, an organization in the Bronx that provides integrated legal services, medical care, and mental health counseling to young refugees. Victor is about to graduate high school and plans to attend college and become a history teacher.

“Taking care of two babies by myself was hard enough before cancer. But the chemo made it a thousand times tougher.”

WENDY

When she became pregnant with twins, Wendy made herself a promise: She would give them a better childhood than her own, which included two years in foster care. But less than six months after her daughters were born, Wendy — who is a single mom — was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.

Despite all the challenges she faced, Wendy was able to make good on her promise with help from Children’s Aid, one of the city’s oldest and most respected nonprofits. Their Early Childhood Center in East Harlem was a safe haven for the twins, who graduated from prekindergarten with a passion for books and a joyful approach to life. Over those same three years, Wendy made progress in her battle against cancer and served on the Children’s Aid Policy Council.

“I ended up at a drop-in center in Harlem. They found a bed for me, and I was officially on my own. I was also officially homeless.”

NINOSKA

Ninoska ran away from her abusive mother’s apartment carrying a few shopping bags stuffed with clothes and a fierce determination to find a true home — a place where she felt safe and supported. She worked with six Robin Hood community partners to achieve that goal, but two played central roles in helping Ninoska move out of the shelter system and into a life defined by promise, not poverty: The Door and Breaking Ground.

At The Door, Ninoska found a one-stop shop for young people looking to rebuild their lives. They helped her finish high school, land internships, and apply to college. Breaking Ground provided Ninoska with an affordable apartment in a building with on-site access to social workers, healthy activities, and workshops on career development. Today, Ninoska is living on her own, working full-time, and pursuing her bachelor’s degree.

“I ended up at a drop-in center in Harlem. They found a bed for me, and I was officially on my own. I was also officially homeless.”

Victor, Wendy, and Ninoska are living proof that even heroes need help sometimes. When you donate to Robin Hood, you are supporting more than 200 high-quality organizations with a track record of helping New Yorkers break free from poverty and fulfill their potential.

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PAST HEROES

For 30 years, Robin Hood has been dedicated to celebrating true heroes and supporting organizations that provide the support they need to succeed.

Thank You

Special thanks to the American Express Foundation for underwriting the 2017 awards
in recognition of outstanding leadership in the fight against poverty.

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