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ROSALY SANTANA-MATOS

FOUNDER

Rosaly Santana has always been an advocate for those that can’t take care of themselves. At a young age Rosaly would help non English speaking families by filling out forms or finding resources that otherwise they would not know they had. She knew that her calling was to help those that couldn’t help themselves. She was given that opportunity when Officer Victor Matos brought her along to help create events for NYPD and Police Athletic League by doing clerical work like sending out emails, making phone calls, creating flyers, creating awareness workshops, translating and speaking with youth.
Through the volunteer work she did for NYPD she met a Chaplain and as their friendship deepened she learned about the work of the Chaplain. She was interested in helping others and became a Chaplain for United Chaplains State of New York where she was appointed as the Assistant Athletic Director. Rosaly has been able to help send eleven girls to prom, assist with school events, and helped start-up the league alongside Officer Victor Matos for United Chaplains State of New York Athletic League. A league that now has over 180 kids registered and are all from different parts of New York City.
Her vision for our youth is that they know that there are people that care for them and their well-being. It is important to her that kids using drugs, that are on depression, and that have problems at home have a safe place where they can have fun all while being mentored. As a mother of three small children ages 3, 6 and 8 she knew that volunteering would be a sacrifice but a sacrifice that would be well worth it.