Enterprising Women

A CREATIVE AGENCY KNOCKINC.COM ACCELERATING THE SUCCESS OF ALL WOMEN. ESTd 2001 acceptance for their sexuality. We’re still in the early stages of this program – but already have been heartened that our young adults are signing up for school, getting jobs, and gaining confidence for their future. I am proud to have led the growth of Jericho, from three to nine supportive housing residences and from 500 to 2,500 people served every year. As a wife and mother of two, I know how important quality of life, self-care and time for family is for our people. Our work is rewarding, but it requires that we are able to draw upon a well of strength and generosity every day. I have often heard people leading nonprofits that they wish for the day when their organization isn’t needed anymore. New York City has made great strides in reducing and preventing veteran’s homelessness. In an ideal world we can accomplish the same for young adults. While I, too, wish for a time without homelessness, I also gain a great deal of satisfaction knowing that 95% of Jericho’s residents do not return to homelessness. Even more important, knowing how they have more fulfilling lives. Reconnecting with parents, children and grandchildren. Pursuing things they love. When they can realize their hopes and dreams, that’s when we realize ours. TORI LYON is CEO of Jericho Project, a nationally-acclaimed nonprofit serving over 2,500 adults and families with supportive housing and comprehensive services for employment, wellness and family reunification. Lyon has served on the Executive Committee for the New York City Coalition on the Continuum of Care Veterans Task Force as well as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Task Force to guide the city’s plan to build 15,000 units of supportive housing. Under her leadership, Jericho was named 2017 Nonprofit of the Year Award by New York Housing Conference. A graduate of Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Lyon joined Jericho Project in 1996. In 2005 she became Jericho’s third Executive Director, and in 2016 she was named Chief Executive Officer. Learn more at www.jerichoproject.org enterprising Women 63