After thanking fellow board members and the team at Breaking Ground, Michael introduced Breaking Ground President and CEO, Brenda Rosen.
Brenda began with Breaking Ground's mandate to 'meet people where they are,' saying that it's "about treating every individual with the respect, understanding, and dignity they deserve...because solving the problem of homelessness doesn’t only make financial sense; it also translates to better health and quality of life for all of us. Finding solutions that build and restore lives also builds and restores the dignity of all New Yorkers."
Touching on Breaking Ground's largest project in years, 90 Sands, Brenda introduced the night's video featuring Breaking Ground tenant Leslie Mills sharing her journey out of homelessness. After the video, Brenda returned briefly, reminding the crowd that "more than 98% of people who exit homelessness to a Breaking Ground apartment find long-term stability. Ninety-eight percent! That is what our hope and humanity can accomplish."