On Sunday October the 6th, Nuestros Niños’s Board and staff got the heart-wrenching news that their beloved and longtime Executive Director, Miriam Cruz, had passed away. Words cannot describe the void and pain that this departure has caused for her immediate family, the Nuestros Niños family and the Williamsburg community at large.
Miriam’s service to the Williamsburg community and its families spanned over four decades. She started her tenure as a teacher’s aide, went on to hold several other positions such as assistant teacher, group teacher, assistant director, after-school director, administrative director, and eventually filled the executive director’s position when founder and Executive Director John Mulhern retired.
Throughout her career at Nuestros Niños, which began in 1974, Miriam’s drive was to ensure that every child that came through Nuestros Niños’s door received the warmth and education that she would want for her own children. She was a steady steward of an organization that is synonymous with the Latino community of the Southside of Williamsburg.
A pioneer in the early care world, Miriam was known and loved throughout the City of New York as a true advocate for children.
Thank you to the GreenLine, North Brooklyn Community Newspaper for it’s heartwarming tribute of our beloved Miriam.