Executive Director Mary Kay Orr is leaving Nazareth Housing, Inc., a community-based organization committed to ending and preventing homelessness in New York City. Under her leadership, Nazareth Housing significantly expanded its programming, diversified its funding sources, and provided continuous service to families in need amidst the great challenge of COVID. Nazareth Housing offers intensive eviction prevention services in both the Bronx and the Lower East Side; a vibrant food security program (Louise’s Pantry) that serves more than 400 households each week; a residential program that safely houses families in shelter, and a variety of supportive services for formerly homeless families. Over the past twelve months, Nazareth Housing has provided critical support to more than 2,000 households at risk of homelessness.
Nazareth Housing’s Board of Directors is most grateful to Mary Kay for her outstanding accomplishments over the past five years and is pleased that she has agreed to remain on the board. The board is delighted to announce that Nazareth Housing’s current Chief Operations Officer/Deputy Executive Director, Rachel Levine, will be appointed the new Executive Director effective July 1, 2022. Mary Beth Hogan, President of the board, stated that “we are confident that Nazareth will continue to thrive under Rachel’s leadership.”
Rachel is a graduate of Barnard College and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She previously served as the COO of University Settlement and The Door, and has held senior positions in the NYC Departments of Homeless Services and the Human Resources Administration. In addition to her extensive background in human services and NYC government, Rachel is committed to Nazareth Housing’s mission of serving vulnerable New York City communities and building organizations that foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture. Rachel stated that, “Nazareth Housing understands that secure affordable housing is pivotal to addressing poverty and increasing the economic mobility of New Yorkers and I am thrilled to lead such a dynamic organization.”
Mary Kay observed “Nazareth Housing is a mission-driven, grassroots organization that leads with a big heart and is fiercely committed to serving New York City’s families and individuals at risk of homelessness. We engage with our clients in deeply personal ways that empower them to build pathways out of poverty. Our clients feel seen, heard, and fully supported by Nazareth Housing. They are given the opportunity to be aspirational and strive to achieve their goals because of the holistic and compassionate approach that Nazareth Housing brings to its work. I look forward continuing my involvement with the Nazareth Housing community.”
Please join us in welcoming Rachel and saying thank you to Mary Kay for her continued commitment.