NYC Service Center for Hurricane Evacuees

Now opening: the New York City Service Center for those affected by recent hurricanes and displaced from Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other areas of the Caribbean.

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Idiom of the Week: Go Over Someone’s Head

Meaning: To not understand something.


The teacher explained how to use past perfect tense but it went over all the students’ heads.

My supervisor’s instructions went completely over my head, so I had to ask a co-worker for help.

“I would tell you but I’m afraid it would go over your head,” said the scientist.


Pop Quiz:

What’s the best reply to someone who says to you, “That went right over my head“?

A.  “Let me try to explain it in a different way.”

B.  “I’m happy to hear that.”

C. “You’re so stupid!”

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29 Countries! 5 Continents! 1 Program!

The countries in red are the countries our University Settlement Adult Literacy Program students and teachers come from. There are 29 countries in all – try to guess which ones they are. You can click on the image above to get a larger view of the map.

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Give Someone a Hand, Again

Here are some images and quotations for you which use our latest Idiom of the Week:

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This Feels Like Home

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Marc Nuñez’s Gotham Dance Theater

This Feels Like Home


Saturday, October 14 at 8:00pm | Speyer Hall | 184 Eldridge St

Sunday, October 15 at 7:00pm | Speyer Hall | 184 Eldridge St

Ticket Information

$15 General

$10 Students and Seniors

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This Feels Like Home is a performance in collaboration with recent immigrants who are part of University Settlement’s Adult Literacy program, their English Language teacher, Julie Condon, and Marc Nuñez’s Gotham Dance Theater. Together, they have created an embodied vocabulary, capturing the full dimensions of leaping into an American life. Experience how they create moments of joy and celebration amid a balancing act of expectations, obligations and contradictions.

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More Ways to Help

From the New York City Council:

Dear Neighbor:

Like many of you, we have been greatly alarmed by the devastation and destruction caused by Hurricane Maria and this month’s deadly earthquake in Mexico.

Hurricane Maria, which decimated parts of the Caribbean, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, where it caused catastrophic flooding and wiped out power across the entire island, has been especially hard-hitting.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways that we can help those who have been impacted by these terrible disasters.


There are many organizations actively working to assist Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the other areas of the Caribbean that were badly damaged by Hurricane Maria, including:

Those wishing to help out our neighbors in Puerto Rico can also text UNIDOS to 41444 and/or contact the Hispanic Federation, which has established its own Hurricane Relief Fund to aid those on the Island who were affected by Hurricane Maria.  For more information, visit

Additionally, the City has identified 18 firehouses and EMS stations across the five boroughs where New Yorkers can donate the following critically-needed items for Hurricane Maria relief:

  • Diapers
  • Baby Food
  • Batteries
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Feminine Hygiene Products

For a list of locations and the hours within which donations are being accepted, please click here or visit the City’s website at, please note that the City is only collecting the items listed above.


Relief efforts are also underway to help those affected by this month’s powerful earthquake in Mexico.

Here’s a list, originally published in the NY Times, of local and international organizations that are providing aid:

  • Topos México is a nonprofit rescue brigade made up of volunteers that was created after a 1985 earthquake.  The group posted to Twitter information on how to donate through PayPal and its bank accounts, and thanked people for their support.For more information, visit  (Please note: Website is in Spanish.)
  • Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization, has staff members in Mexico City and has pledged that 100 percent of its donations will go directly to relief efforts, which it says will include facilitating the delivery of medical supplies to affected areas.For more information, visit
  • GlobalGiving, a crowdfunding organization, has pledged that all money donated to its earthquake fund will go to recovery and relief efforts.For more information, visit
  • Fondo Unido Mexico, part of the United Way network, has created an emergency fund to help the areas affected by the earthquake as well as by the recent series of hurricanes.For more information, visit


When deciding to donate, please be sure to visit – the New York State Attorney General’s one-stop resource for charitable organizations, fundraisers, grantmakers and members of the public.  There you will find important tips on charitable giving, as well as information about other helpful resources to check before donating, such as Charity Navigator.

Our heartfelt thanks to any of you who are able to help out during this time of great need.


New York City Council

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Give Someone a Hand

Meaning: 1. To help someone, usually with something physically; also expressed as to “lend someone a hand” 2. To clap or applaud for someone


Can you give me a hand with this? It’s too heavy for me to lift by myself.

After his speech the crowd gave him a big hand.

Let’s give our volunteers a hand for giving us a hand!


Pop Quiz:

If someone gives you a hand, what should you say?

A.  Thank you.

B.  You’re welcome.

C.  Could you repeat that?

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