With a population of over 190,000 Yonkers is the 4th largest city in New York State. Southwest Yonkers, the section we serve, is home to 80,000 residents. The area has a fascinating history. For over a century, immigrants have settled here. In the early part of the 20th century people came primarily from Europe. Many from this older generation still live in the community. In recent decades, the area has changed again, with new immigrants particularly from the Carribean and Central America. Indeed, the Hispanic population has increased dramatically over the past 25 years. In the 1980’s, Hispanics made up about 26% of the population of Southwest Yonkers and now they account for 50% of the population. 27% of residents are African American, 14% are white, and 9% are from other groups.