Make the Road New York is a second home to tens of thousands of immigrant and working class people of color.
Colorful murals and open doors welcome passersby into our storefront centers. From our nightly meals and community meetings to round-the-clock English classes and youth programs, we connect to every member of the family.
Our programs are designed to support families over years and even decades, first tackling crises – like an impending eviction or debilitating hospital bill – and then supporting community members to get on their feet, perhaps by training for a healthcare career or stabilizing their immigration status, and finally engaging clients and students in organizing to address root causes of our problems. The result is a resilient and tight-knit community that nurtures the self-sufficiency and leadership of each member.
Make the Road New York designs and elevates policies that expand access to care and improve health. We provide one-on-one assistance with health insurance and food stamp enrollment, hospital bill negotiation, health system navigation, nutrition education and emergency food services, Community Health Worker training and services, and HIV testing referrals.
MRNY is dedicated above all else to developing the leadership of working class and immigrant New Yorkers of color. Our leadership pipeline prepares community members for a lifetime as social justice leaders. We provide new members with basic organizing skills training, mentorship and emotional support, and connect advanced leaders to paid opportunities.
Make the Road New York’s Department of Legal Services specializes in employment, housing, public benefits, immigration and civil rights. We work to change unjust systems through impact litigation, policy design, and community organizing, benefiting our clients and millions more.