Last week, clients from our Phoenix House Career Academy in Brooklyn and participants in our IMPACT Program had the exciting opportunity to visit the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), located on Wall Street in the heart of the city’s Financial District. The group was given a special tour by: Steven Wheeler, Director of the NYSE Foundation; Janet McGinness, Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary of NYSE Euronext and a Phoenix House Board member.
The visit began in one of the oldest parts of the stock exchange building. While Mr. Wheeler recounted the company’s expansion from its humble beginnings as a small group of stock traders, clients were able to see the original signed papers that documented the NYSE’s creation. A particularly touching moment was when Ms. McGinness spoke about the parallels between the recovery process and the NYSE’s need to change and adapt in difficult times. Just as the NYSE has had to adjust to the changing economy, our clients must also look beyond the borders of their communities and create new goals and lifestyles for themselves in order to sustain healthy, productive lives.