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Our Impact

As a nonprofit organization, Breaking Ground relies on the financial support of companies, foundations and individuals to realize our mission. With your generous donation, Breaking Ground can consistently meet the following annual benchmarks:

We ensure that 98%* of individuals remain housed 12 months later

*Clients entering our special needs supportive housing units

Ways to Give

Thank you for your contribution to Breaking Ground's mission. Together, we can help thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers restore their lives.

Donate Online

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Amazon.com Purchases

There is no cost to you, 0.5% of eligible purchases are donated (applies to nearly everything on Amazon), and no maximum payout to Breaking Ground. Win-win!

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By Mail

Please make checks payable to Breaking Ground, and mail to:

External Affairs Department
Breaking Ground

505 8th Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10018


Volunteering with Breaking Ground offers a great way to do team building with a purpose. We provide a variety of opportunities throughout the year for groups of corporate volunteers. When your group volunteers with us, you help to enrich the lives of our residents through events such as serving meals or repainting portions of our buildings. In addition, groups are vital to our largest volunteer event of the year, the HOPE (Homeless Outreach Population Estimate) Count.

Please contact Vanessa Miller to inquire about group opportunities, or with any other questions regarding volunteering: 212.389.9391 or [email protected].

Junior Board

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The Junior Board is a group of young and committed leaders who volunteer their time and effort on behalf of vulnerable new Yorkers, as well as making monetary contributions and raising significant funding, in support of Breaking Ground's programs. The committee’s mission is to:

  1. Raise awareness for Breaking Ground’s innovative and industry leading affordable housing solutions through educational programming.
  2. Fundraise to support street outreach, supportive housing programs, and any other Breaking Ground programs.
  3. Build a network of like-minded individuals who believe that “everyone deserves a home” and are passionate about creating a more livable city.

Member Benefits

Improve NYC: Volunteer at tenant buildings and organizational events.

Network: Meet, socialize, and work with motivated peers.

Educate: Learn and teach others about supportive housing and homelessness in NYC. Members have a firsthand opportunity to meet Breaking Ground tenants.

Give back: Raise funds to provide a variety of homelessness solutions to those in need and to prevent new instances of homelessness.


Erika Hinman


Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Inc.

A native of the New York region, Erika returned to New York City in May 2013 after graduating from Colby College (located in the woods of rural Maine) with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a strong passion for skiing. She joined Breaking Ground’s Junior Board in May 2014 as a means to give back to the NYC community and meet other like-minded young professionals. Erika graduated from NYU Stern in May 2017, with an MBA in Finance and Real Estate, and currently works as an Associate within Kroll Bond Rating Agency’s Commercial Mortgaged Backed Securities group. Besides working, volunteering, and organizing events for her friends, she also enjoys hiking, traveling, and brunching.

Erika leads the Junior Board, serving as its President. 

Maile Dyer

Director, Consumer Research

Everyday Health, Inc.

Maile Dyer is the Director of Consumer Research at Everyday Health. She joined Breaking Ground’s Junior Board in July 2016. Homelessness is a particularly sensitive topic for her as she grew up in Hawai‘i, a state with one of the highest homelessness rates in the country. Maile graduated cum laude from New York University with a B.A. in Economics and Psychology. In her spare time, she enjoys leading community volunteer projects, listening to podcasts, attending concerts, and visiting museums.

Maile serves as Communications Chair of the Junior Board.

Lucas Durst

Financial Associate

The Durst Organization

Lucas grew up in northern Westchester County and joined the Junior Board in February 2018 to help break the cycle of perpetual homelessness and improve the New York City community in which he now lives. He is a 4th generation member of the Durst family and works as a financial associate for the organization. Lucas holds a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Finance from NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate and a Bachelor’s of Arts and Science Degree from Tufts University. In his free time Lucas loves to ski, kayak, and spend time on the beach.

Lucas joined the Junior Board in 2018 and is a Member At-Large.

Caroline Haines

Account Manager


Caroline got involved with Breaking Ground after participating in Hope Count 2018 and seeing the impact Breaking Ground’s Street Outreach team can have first hand. Caroline spends much of her free time volunteering with organizations that serve the homeless population here in NYC and is passionate about Breaking Ground’s housing first mission. Caroline grew up in South Dakota, graduated from Scripps College, one of the Claremont Colleges out in California, and is currently an Account Manager at Google.

Caroline joined the Junior Board in 2018 and serves at Member At-Large.

Beth Kaskel

Executive Assistant


Beth works as an Executive Assistant at Zocdoc, a healthcare tech company. She has been volunteering as part of Breaking Ground’s Junior Board since January 2016. Beth currently serves as the group’s Fundraising and Events Chair. Working in various branches of health divisions and companies throughout her career, Beth discovered her passion for supporting underserved individuals. Breaking Ground has been able to provide her with a place to volunteer time and help build a better future for those suffering from homelessness in New York City. 

Beth serves as Fundraising and Events Chair of the Junior Board.

Mike Kusy


Square Mile Capital

Mike is an associate on the acquisitions team at Square Mile Capital, a real estate investment firm based in Manhattan. As an admirer of Breaking Ground’s approach to providing safe and secure housing for New York City’s homeless men and women, Mike joined the Junior Board in April 2018 in order to support underserved New Yorkers and work towards ending chronic homelessness within the local community. Born and raised outside of Boston, MA, Mike is a proud alumnus of Villanova University and enjoys traveling, playing soccer, and spending time with his family and friends in his free time.

Mike joined the Junior Board in 2018 and serves as a Member At-Large.

Christian Mutone


Sidley Austin LLP

After graduating from Boston College Law School, Christian returned to New York City to pursue his legal career. As a real estate associate at Sidley Austin LLP, Christian’s practice includes representing lenders in connection with affordable housing transactions. In January 2018, Christian joined the Breaking Ground Junior Board, and coordinated a team of Sidley attorneys to participate in the annual HOPE Count event. A trilingual, first-generation American, Christian enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Christian is a Member At-Large of the Junior Board.

Leo Nemirovsky

Director of Financial Planning and Analysis

Penn Power Group

Leo Nemirovsky works on finance, M&A and strategy at Penn Power Group, a private equity portfolio company in the power generation equipment service business. Leo has been involved in addressing issues of extreme poverty, homelessness and inequality since having worked with at risk populations as an EMT in the late 1990s, and his graduate studies at the City University of New York focused on health, education and income inequality. Mr. Nemirovsky was previously an Equity Research Analyst at Brown Brothers Harriman in New York but has been working in finance and strategy in private equity portfolio companies since 2012. Outside of work Leo is a competitive sailor and a member of the crew of an Xp 44 racing yacht. 

Leo joined the Junior Board in 2018 and is currently a Member At-Large.

Carlos Olivieri

Product Manager

Big Human

Carlos, a graduate of Auburn University, joined the Junior Board in 2015 to support his neighbors in need. Having lived most of his life in large metropolitan areas, homelessness has always been a major concern of his. When he’s not lending his time to Breaking Ground, you can find him building software, working on crosswords puzzles, or traveling abroad.

Carlos serves as Outreach Co-Chair for the Junior Board.

David Robinson, Jr

Social Impact

Admiral Capital Group

David works for Admiral Capital Group with the goal of creating positive social impact in the cities where the firm invests, focusing on housing affordability, education and lower income communities. He joined the Junior Board because Breaking Ground combines real estate and social services to change the lives of New Yorkers. He’s excited to contribute here in NYC and learn how to replicate that impact in other cities. David was born and raised in San Antonio, TX and is a proud alumni of University of Texas at Austin.

David joined the Junior Board in 2018 and serves as a Member At-Large.

Betsy Stewart

Compliance Management Associate


Betsy Stewart, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, joined the Junior Board in April 2018 to help build a better life for New York City’s most vulnerable. Betsy holds a law degree from Brooklyn Law School and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business and Commercial Real Estate from the College of Charleston. Outside of work, Betsy enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling, and cheering on the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Betsy joined the Junior Board in 2018 and serves as a Member At-Large.

Danielle Yatco

Consultant, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services


Danielle Schwarz is a legal consultant in EY's Fraud and Investigations practice. She has been an active member of the Junior Board for three years, serving as a Gala co-chair and member at large. Danielle is proud to be a member of Breaking Ground's Junior Board because it is a great organization that makes a real impact on the community.

Danielle is currently a Member At-Large of the Junior Board.