Jenna Chrisphonte (left) and Samara Karasyk (right) chat at the 2023 Neighborhood Council meeting on February 15, 2023. Jenna wears her loc'd hair half up, half down and a yellow coat. Samara wears her salt-n-pepper curls down, donning a red dress. They smile at one another.

Neighborhood Support

Neighborhood Support focuses on the wellbeing and resilience of the people who live, work, learn, and govern in Lower Manhattan.

In 2021, Trinity Church Wall Street launched Neighborhood Support, which uses a place-based approach to address child, family, and community wellbeing. The Neighborhood Support team combines on-the-ground assistance with targeted investments to support solutions developed in partnership with those who live, work, learn, and govern in the community. Our geographic focus is Lower Manhattan, defined by the neighborhoods south of 14th Street.

Our work focuses extensively on meeting the basic needs of our communities, providing educational enrichment and support to District 1 schools and Title I high schools in Lower Manhattan, supporting the emotional wellbeing of the community, and encouraging joy.

Over the course of 2022, Neighborhood Support conducted and released a Needs Assessment and Policy Brief informed by residents, community leaders, business owners, and other key stakeholders to better understand the pressing challenges facing Lower Manhattan. These two reports help ground and guide our work.


Together with our Neighborhood Council, an advisory group comprised of community members, Neighborhood Support continues to center community voice in every programmatic endeavor. We are honored to be journeying alongside these exceptional individuals to think together about the contributions we can jointly make to strengthen our neighborhood.

Neighborhood Council Members

Group of people smile at camera while standing in a conference room.

Members of the 2023 Neighborhood Council met on February 15, 2023 for their first meeting of the year.
  • Thomas Armstrong, Trinity Church Wall Street congregation member
  • Darren Block, Executive Director, Greenwich House
  • Mary Cannon, Resident & Community Outreach Volunteer, Jacob Riis Houses
  • Gisele Castro, Executive Director, Exalt Youth
  • Wellington Chen, President & CEO, Chinatown BID/ Chinatown Partnership LDC
  • Jenna Chrisphonte, Director of Civic Alliances, The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center
  • Barbara DiGangi, Director of Families Thriving, University Settlement
  • Alejandro Epifanio, Executive Director, Loisaida
  • David Garza, President & CEO, Henry Street Settlement
  • Frank Gonzalez, Founder, Loisada Realty; Lower East Side Community Concerns
  • Donald 'Don' Hong, Executive Director, UA3
  • Jaime Inclan, Founder & Director, Roberto Clemente Center
  • Samara Karasyk, President & CEO, Hudson Square BID
  • Chui Man Lai, Manager of Community Affairs, NYP-Lower Manhattan Hospital
  • David McCorkle, Social Worker, St. Marks in the Bowery
  • Alison Overseth, CEO, Partnership for After School Education
  • Ebonie Simpson, Co-Executive Director, LES Girls Club
  • Cecilia Scott-Croff, Executive Director, BMCC
  • Tiffany Winbush, Lower Manhattan resident
  • Eva Wong, Director, Mayor's Office of Community Mental Health

Outreach & Community Support

With sharp rises in the unemployment rate, the cost of groceries, and the number of people seeking assistance from food pantries and soup kitchens, food insecurity is at an all-time high in New York City. Trinity remains committed to helping our neighbors in need through programs, such as Resource Connections, Compassion Meals, and Trinity Pop-ups for grocery distribution.