September 2018 Newsletter



J. Jill spotlights York Street Project in a National Advertising Campaign

York Street Project and J. Jill have a close relationship.  Through the J. Jill Compassion Fund, YSP has received more than $100,000 in operational support of our programs.  In addition, YSP has received tens of thousands of dollars worth of new and gently used clothing from local J. Jill stores. We were humbled to be selected as a feature in the J. Jill Come Together campaign.  Our Executive Director, Susanne Byrne, and Board Member, Amelia Rideau, share the impact YSP achieves through generous partners like the J. Jill Compassion Fund. You can also see See and Amelia in print in the Fall catalog and in area stores.

The Birthday Party Project selects York Street Project as a new partner agency

The Birthday Party Project is a national organization dedicated to spreading joy to children in homeless shelters through the magic of birthdays. TBPP throws a special themed party once a month for every child at YSP and will provide a special birthday treat for those with a birthday in that month. If you are interested in volunteering for the parties or learning more about TBPP, visit

Our Golf Outing was a Big Success!

The 19th Annual Event raises over $140,000 for YSP programs.

The golf is always fun, but the highlight of the event were the testimonial stories shared by Ashley and Kenyaetta. Kenyaetta is a former program participant of YSP and has turned her life to one filled with success in the corporate world at Pershing LLC.  Recently, Kenyaetta joined the YSP Board of Directors.

Ashley is a current housing program participant and her children are enrolled in our early-childhood development center program.  She is in the beginning stages of her journey to success.  We thank them for their courage and strength to share their stories and for their willingness to show others that a life that experiences poverty does not mean it is a life that is stuck in poverty.

Another Summer is in the Books!

Our children got to expand their horizons by visiting more than 10 different field trip locations throughout the summer. This was made made possible through your generous donations.

Baltimore, MD
Liberty Science Center, Jersey City
Legoland, Yonkers
Wild West City, Stanhope
Yogi Bear Campgrounds
Tuckerton, NJ & Seaport Baymen’s Museum
Central Park Zoo, NYC
Frank Sinatra Park, Hoboken
Van Saun Park, Paramus
Buchmuller Park, Secaucus
Schmidts Woods Park & Swim Center, Secaucus
Newport Green Park, Jersey City

Register Online for Our Holiday Donation Drive

While the holiday season is still months away, YSP has already started their planning.  If you are interested in donating items of needs, or organizing a community drive for our families, please fill out our online form.

Online Form

Meet One of Our New Board Members

Renee Goodheart is a Vice President at First Data Corporation where she is responsible for product development of digital payment services. Renee has worked in the financial services industry for more than 25 years specializing in electronic payments. Renee has been involved with the York Street project since 2015 leading a group of First Data volunteers in career mentoring activities with The Kenmare School students.  Renee is passionate about York Street’s educational and housing programs and is thrilled to be part of the York Street Board of trustees.



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