Over the past month, Riis has continued to advocate for causes that impact the wellbeing of our participants, staff, and the continuation of our essential programs and services. On May 11, our Older Adult Services team joined over 300 older adults, aging services professionals, and advocates for LiveOn NY’s 28th Annual Aging Advocacy Day, urging Mayor Adams to ensure older New Yorkers and community-based organizations receive the equitable funding they deserve! And on May 25, we took part in “A Day Without Human Services,” joining over 100 organizations at City Hall to call on Mayor Adams to include a 6.5% Cost of Living Adjustment and living wages for human service workers in the administration’s FY24 budget.
This day showed just what the City would look like without human services professionals, and why they need to #JustPay our workforce. Thank you to the over 50 Riis staff and participants for attending, for the Human Services Council for organizing this powerful action, and for our fellow settlement houses and other service providers for standing in solidarity!