A Coda from Leadership
To Our Friends in the Community:
For over two years, Long Island’s state and local health resources were reprioritized to support the COVID-19 emergency. Thanks to the Biden Administration’s workplace relief packages, Project Safety Net was able to continue its community services into 2023. But, like many small non-profits, we could not independently survive the eroding funding climate.
Although Project Safety Net has closed its doors, our work pipelines and professional alumni continue to serve the community. We successfully transitioned our mobile outreach and Care Coordination programs to larger regional agencies along with trained staff and resources to operate these programs without gaps in service.
Project Safety Net flourished for four years thanks to our creative staff whose integrity and sense of mission propelled them to find new ways to connect with and support individuals on the highwire of life. We are grateful to local representatives, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, and many colleagues whose shared advocacy inspired us.
Project Safety Net’s legacy rests with Long Island’s public servants and frontline workers who tackle the social problems of isolation, segregation, and exclusion that continue to undermine the health and safety of our communities.
Board of Directors
Jimmy Swift is the National Executive Director PLA University at Phalen Leadership Academies. PLA is a Non-Profit Organization that specializes in School Turnaround for K -12 Schools across the country in underserved communities and serves over 10,000 students. Jimmy’s role is to build and run the organization’s Workforce Development Program that is offered exclusively to PLA students’ families to help them acquire the skills needed to achieve gainful employment and move from poverty to prosperity.
Shaun Rasmussen is the Director for External Relations & Engagement for CUNY’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP), a nationally recognized associate degree completion program serving 25,000 students. In this role, Shaun leads program marketing and citywide outreach efforts. In addition to his experience at CUNY, Shaun has held a variety of positions focused on the arts, education, and employment opportunities for young adults in New York City. Shaun holds a BA in International Criminal Justice and MS in Organizational Leadership.