Story #73: Rasheed Brown

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Rasheed Brown, Director of Social Services at the BronxWorks Nelson Avenue Family Residence.
 
Rasheed Brown, Director of Social Services at Nelson Avenue Family Residence began his career at BronxWorks in April of 2018. Prior to BronxWorks, Rasheed was an Assistant Program Director at an agency where he worked exclusively with seniors. 

Coming to BronxWorks gave Rasheed the opportunity to work with a wider range of clients, like families, youth, and seniors. "No day is the same," says Rasheed of his fulfilling and rewarding position at BronxWorks.

Rasheed recalls reviewing career opportunities at BronxWorks, and while interviewing he learned of the  position he currently holds at Nelson Avenue. He says, "The rest is history." In his day-to-day, Rasheed oversees multiple program areas including case management, client care coordination, housing placement services, and children and youth programs.  
 
"Ultimately, we are all working to help the families find a path back to permanent housing through many different services," explained Rasheed, while discussing all the programs the BronxWorks Nelson Family Residence offers the residents.

One of the newer initiatives Rasheed is focused on at the Nelson Avenue Residence is the Attendance Matters program.  Attendance Matters is a pilot program which reviews student's attendance reports and considers strategies to assist with challenges students may have attending school while living in a shelter. The program offers an array of interventions and solutions to barriers that may exist such as distance and transportation, chronic illness, or child care. Rasheed is pleased and enthused with the successful results of Attendance Matters.

Rasheed earned a bachelor's degree from Hampton University in sociology. He then attended Hunter College School of Social Work, majoring in Administration.  Rasheed earned his master's in 2010. In addition, he received the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Student of the Year Award among other distinctions. When Rasheed is not at BronxWorks, he enjoys spending his time with family and working out at the gym.

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