Gary Perez was just looking for a place to play basketball when he first came across Children’s Aid. He found that and then some within the teen program at the Salomé Ureña Campus during the early 90s, which was part of the organization’s direct community outreach in Washington Heights.
“It got me off the streets,” he said. “My mom was happy I was there. She even took Zumba and aerobics classes at SU.”