St. George's Society of New York

One of the oldest charitable organizations in New York, St. George's Society (named after the patron saint of England) was founded by Englishmen living in New York in 1770 to celebrate St. George's Day and to assist fellow countrymen in need or distress. Over the years, SGS's assistance has taken a variety of forms: a bag of coal or a voucher to a woodpile to keep a family warm during the winter months; free ship passage on the White Star line back to England when the "American dream" did not work out for a spinster in 1898; a free hospital bed at St. Luke's Hospital for the ill (the average stay in 1927 was one month); a pawn ticket paid to retrieve a winter coat in 1904; assist...

St. George's Society of New York
216 E 45th Street
Suite 901
New York, NY 10017
United States
2126826110
http://www.stgeorgessociety.org

Chief Executive

Sean Kelly

Management Team

Sean Kelly, John Shannon

Board of Directors

Lewis S Allen, Andrew Booth, Philippa Cheetham, Nicholas C Walsh, Ceasar N Anquillare, Peter Selman, Jignesh Patel, Richard Sexton, Geneive B Metzger, Susan Lopez, Stephen J Storen, June Y Felix, Paul Beresford-Hill, Stuart Welburn, Robert J Titley, Philip Warner, Duncan J Edwards, Sean Kelly, John Shannon

Project Leaders

Samantha Hamilton

Mission

One of the oldest charitable organizations in New York, St. George's Society (named after the patron saint of England) was founded by Englishmen living in New York in 1770 to celebrate St. George's Day and to assist fellow countrymen in need or distress. Over the years, SGS's assistance has taken a variety of forms: a bag of coal or a voucher to a woodpile to keep a family warm during the winter months; free ship passage on the White Star line back to England when the "American dream" did not work out for a spinster in 1898; a free hospital bed at St. Luke's Hospital for the ill (the average stay in 1927 was one month); a pawn ticket paid to retrieve a winter coat in 1904; assistance for "British War Brides" who found themselves in need upon their arrival in the United States in the 1940s and 1950s. Today, SGS has two main areas of philanthropic endeavor, a Beneficiary Program to assist disadvantaged New Yorkers of British and Commonwealth heritage, specifically the elderly, disabled and others in crisis; and a Scholarship Program for promising students enrolled at Lehman College, part of City University of New York (CUNY), in the Bronx. While the assistance SGS provides has changed over time, the purpose has remained the same - to help those who cannot help themselves. Since its founding 242 years ago, we have aided thousands of British and Commonwealth persons while striving to fulfill our mission statement: "Let mercy be our boast and shame our only fear." As a result of this unique record of charity, SGS has a close working relationship with the British Consulate-General in New York and for over a century each serving Consul-General has been SGS's Honorary President. His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester became SGS's Royal Patron in 2000. He takes an active interest in our work and has met several SGS scholars and beneficiaries on official visits to New York. SGS was also honored in 2000 with armorial bearings by the College of Arms in London, acting under the authority of the British Crown, to recognize the charity's long and respected history of aiding British and Commonwealth subjects in New York.

Programs

Beneficiary Program A major objective of SGS Beneficiary Program is to enable disadvantaged seniors to remain in their own homes and enjoy a dignified lifestyle for as long as possible. The individual beneficiary should achieve optimal functioning in the community, defined as living safely in stable housing, with sufficient funds to provide food, utilities, laundry, medication copayments, transportation costs as well as socialization. In 2013 total expenditure on SGS' Beneficiary Program was $660,000. Monthly stipends range from $50 to $2,240, the average being approximately $500. Our support enables seniors to make ends meet, pay rent, buy medication, afford public transportation and generally enhances their quality of life. Almost all of our beneficiaries are referred to us by other social service agencies and through a rigorous vetting process SGS ascertains that they genuinely require financial aid because a) their incomes are less than their monthly living expenses; b) they cannot work due to physical inability or unemployability; and/or c) they have grave medical issues that render them incapable of helping themselves. Approximately 70% of the Society's stipends are for rent support and in many cases rent is paid directly to a beneficiary's landlord. SGS also provides help with home care expenses, medication, utility costs and other quality of life supports, such as telephone or internet connection for socially isolated and homebound seniors, and supplies public transportation fare cards to a number of beneficiaries. The fare cards enable them to travel throughout their community, socialize by going to their church or visiting friends and even shop for better quality food with better prices. One senior reports that she can now go to the Farmers' Market for fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits which helps with her diet for diabetes. In addition to stipends, SGS responds to one time appeals for emergency funds for rent arrears, dental/medical bills, or other expenses for those in crisis and finances amelioration projects, for example heavy-duty cleaning or replacement of mattresses after a bed bug infestation, as well as assistance with security deposits and moving expenses if more affordable housing is obtained. The financial assistance SGS provides is supplemented by much-needed emotional support from our two social workers who visit all SGS beneficiaries twice a year (more often if there is a special need) to assess their needs and continued suitability for support, as well as their general wellbeing and quality of life. A total of 98 people are currently receiving financial assistance from the Society. One of our recent success stories is that of Alvin, an 84-year-old Jamaican man who came to the United States and worked as a tailor until he could no longer get enough jobs to pay the rent on his apartment of over 30 years. Alvin had nowhere else to go and no family to help him. Compounding his problem was that he had severe hearing loss - he could barely communicate in person and using a telephone was virtually impossible. Alvin was receiving a nominal amount of social security, less than that to which he was entitled, his rent exceeded his income and he was in the process of losing his home as he faced a huge amount of rental arrears. SGS was able to obtain a grant from the City to pay off all of his arrears, helped to pay for new furniture and cleaning services for his apartment and, perhaps the biggest success after securing his home, was that we were able to assist him in getting his first hearing aids. Moreover, thanks to a collaboration between SGS and a community program, Alvin is now able to afford the rent in his home. As a result, for the first time, he can hear, is safe in his apartment, and now attends a daily program with people who watch out for his everyday needs. Without SGS, he would most definitely have lost his home and his dignity. Scholarship Program In 2008, St. George's Society established a scholarship program at Lehman College (part of City University of New York) the objective of which is to provide the tuition necessary to enable our scholars to complete their studies and lead productive lives. Lehman has over 12,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are from Commonwealth countries, making the college a good strategic partner for the Society. Our scholarship program assists promising students who have achieved excellent academic standing in their first three years but for want of means may not otherwise be able to complete their final year of undergraduate studies. In August 2013, we awarded 35 new scholarships with a total value of $99,332 to students of British and Commonwealth origin, bringing the total number of scholarships granted since 2008 to 160. One of our recent scholars, Joinal from Bangladesh, was born with a clubfoot. He missed out on many experiences as a child as his parents could not afford the medical surgery required to fix it. They impressed on him from a young age that education was the key for his success, otherwise he would always be dependent on others. Joinal has worked hard ever since and was placed on the Dean's List in spring 2010 and the Presidential Scholars List in 2011. Thanks to the support of St. George's Society he can pursue his goal of becoming a certified public accountant. SGS is committed to awarding tuition scholarships to more promising students like Joinal every year enabling them to complete their studies and launch their careers.

Statistics on St. George's Society of New York

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2014: $2,097,535
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $2,097,535
  • Other funding sources: Donations from Corporations, Foundations and Individuals
  • Religious Affiliation: None
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