By ROBERT MICHAELS
SCHENECTADY–“Trinity Alliances Unique Role in Inner-City Economic Development” was the subject of a presentation by Harris Oberlander at the Congregation Gates Of Heaven Brotherhood Breakfast-and-A-Speaker Program on Sunday, Oct. 23.
Oberlander, The Trinity Alliance CEO, related the history of the Trinity Street neighborhood, beginning with transport of European immigrants up the Hudson River from entry points such as Ellis Island in New York City. This movement led to Albany’s status today as a historic antecedent of social work and the tradition of immigrant settlement and support, according to Oberlander.
Trinity Alliance today is a multifaceted institution with center-based and community-based support programs, such as the Race To 10,000 Words, aimed at improving the language skills of children growing up in challenging circumstances.
Oberlander described an epiphany, in which he learned that failure now need not be failure forever, but instead it is a call to “never give up.”
That is also the principle that Trinity Alliance applies to its Violence Prevention Program, and indeed to all of its programs, based upon the idea that a “lattice of interventions” is needed to solve individual problems, not just one ‘magic bullet’ intervention.
Trinity Alliance today serves populations “mostly of color,” which largely have been overlooked by mainstream employers. This is changing, according to Oberlander, as employers increasingly have begun to approach Trinity Alliance to establish training programs teaching skills and preparing the next wave of workers to combat turnover. Thus, Trinity Alliance’s role is unique in promoting inner-city economic development as a business leader and simultaneously promoting personal development as an advocate of its diversity of clients, according to Oberlander.
Col. Richard Goldenberg will discuss the “Jews in WWI” at the Sunday, Nov. 20, Breakfast-and-A-Speaker Program,