Greyston Foundation is an integrated system of nonprofit and for-profit organizations that offer resource development, employment services, case management, long-term planning, financial management, and real estate development to men, women and children in Yonkers, New York. Its programs include housing for homeless and very low-income persons, childcare, after-school and out-of-school youth services, employment, job training, and residential and day health care for people living with HIV/AIDS. The Foundation's programs currently serve more than 2,200 people.
- GF offers a variety of programs:
- Greyston Bakery is a profitable $6 million food production business that trains and provides permanent employment for 40 formerly "hard-to-employ" individuals.
- Greyston Family Inn is composed of 200 affordable housing units in nine renovated apartment buildings for formerly homeless families, adults living with HIV/AIDS, artists, and the elderly.
- Greyston Child Care Center has 80 slots for children ranging from six weeks to five years of age. It is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
- Greyston After School Programs offers Yonkers residents innovative technology and business programs for middle school students and job placement for out of school youth. This program has grown in the last twelve months to include after school tutoring and a summer session.
- Maitri Center provides rehabilitation; holistic, therapeutic and complementary counseling; as well as conventional and alternative healthcare services to 200 individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
- Greyston Garden Project operates six community gardens located on formerly blighted plots of land in Yonkers.
- Issan House offers supportive housing and comprehensive healthcare to persons living with HIV/AIDS.
- Real Estate Development: In the last ten years, GF has developed $48,597,735 of real estate projects in Westchester County, with another $25,000,000 of projects underway.
- Greyston Foundation programs serve a diverse population with a predominately African-American
and Latino clientele. 52% of Greyston clients are African-American, 38% are Latino and 10% are
white. 63% of clients are women, while 85% have a household income at or below 80% of the area's
median income level. All Greyston clients live in urban regions with populations above 1 million.
Additionally, many individuals hired by the Greyston Bakery have faced a range of employment
barriers including lack of education, skills and opportunity as well as histories of homelessness,
drug addiction, and incarceration.
- Greyston Foundation is a $13 million organization that employs 180 people and provides jobs,
housing, social services and health care to low-income residents of southwest Yonkers and the
surrounding area. The newly constructed $10 million Greyston Bakery has the capacity to produce
2.5 times as much as the former facility and double entry-level employment. The bakery also hosts
public tours four times a year, has introduced an online store, and has been featured on "60
Minutes." Through its substantial community revitalization projects, Greyston has restored a
ballroom for cultural events, provided housing to artists, and constructed a housing residence for
Rodney began working at Greyston Bakery in 1995, after spending years working on the streets. Eleven years later, Rodney serves as a positive role model for his children. During his tenure at Greyston Bakery, he moved up through the ranks to become Production Manager. He has mentored hundreds of entry level employees at the bakery, while sharing his experience with them. He says his employment at the bakery gave him "a change to change my life and the space to find out who I really am." Full Story