By Barbara Bedell
The Times Herald Record
Team Newburgh, the community-based program with more than 75 adult partners, is dedicated to improving and enhancing the quality of life for young people in the City of Newburgh.
Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County is the lead agency for the TEAM which recently hosted its sixth fishing outing at Lake Washington on Little Britain Road in Newburgh.
Dawn Wilkin, coordinator of the agency’s Preventive Services, said it was a fun day with close to 70 youths from the City of Newburgh Recreation Department’s summer camp and the Youth Empowerment Center participating.
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By Alice Kenny
There is nothing like the first day of school.
And for these little preschoolers that attended Kennedy Child Study Center for the first time this past Monday — some developing typically, others with special needs and most from financially struggling families — September 8 was a fantasy come true.
Dressed in their first-day finest of sleeveless shirts and shorts on this warm, sunny morning, they giggled as they herded into their primary-colored classrooms.
“Kennedy Child Study Center (KCSC), a Catholic Charities affiliated organization with locations in Manhattan and the Bronx, was thrilled to welcome over 300 students today for the 2014-2015 school year,” said Jeanne Alter, the agency’s Executive Director.
For over 50 years, New York preschoolers have come to KCSC for evaluation; special education preschool; speech, occupational, and physical therapy; family support services; and much more, including the center’s recently added Universal Pre-K program for typically developing four-year-olds at its Bronx site.
“Students also benefit from our focus on healthy eating, exercise, technology-aided learning, and other initiatives that mark KCSC as a leader in early childhood special education,” Ms. Alter added.
Danica Brown, a recent graduate of George Washington University and current student at Howard University Law School, shares her life-changing experiences from working this past summer at the Catholic Charities Feeding Our Neighbors emergency food program.
Check out excerpts from her first-person account:
Supervising teenagers this summer gave me a reality check on the real issues my peers face every day. It taught me responsibility: I realized that, within the connection we formed, they are looking to me for guidance and what I say could possibly impact their decision making so I need to heed my responsibilities and lead by example.
I cannot reiterate how thankful I am for this summer opportunity. The importance of food pantries in the fabric of middle class America is not the typical image that comes to mind when we think about food assistance programs, but this summer it was a reality. Yes we served a great amount of low-income families but also working moms and dads, who although are putting out their greatest efforts, do not make enough to place a balanced meal on the table.
With Danica’s eyes now opened to the very real need around us, she has become determined, she says, to extend what she learned beyond this summer and beyond New York.
The lessons I learned this summer didn’t stop with me returning back to college. This semester I am taking a Special Topics class: Sociology of Food: School Lunch Policy. Now that I am President of the Black Student Union at George Washington University we are doing several community service projects at local soup kitchens and food banks around DC.
Read her full article and more in the PTS Newsletter.
Do you want to empower women and help them get ahead in their careers? Our affiliated agency, Grace Institute, is looking for volunteers to help hold mock interviews during their Converse with Confidence event on September 10th.
Grace’s mock interview series allows current students to prepare for the next step of their career journey.
How this works
- Volunteers interview Grace students in rotating 20 minute segments, using the tips below as guidelines
- Volunteers will see approximately six students during this time period
9:00am – 9:30am: Breakfast and Orientation
9:30am – Noon: Interviews
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Bronx-born Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor returned to her roots – and brought her friend and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton with her – to encourage low-income children participating in Catholic Charities Alianza Division summer programs including its Mosaic Day Camp and others to dream big.
The “Dream Big Day” event held at the Bronx Children’s Museum was part of a summer arts enrichment program aimed at inspiring children to dream, work hard and follow their passions.
To underline this point, the former secretary of state praised Ms. Sotomayor and her biography, My Beloved World.
“She tells the story of how as a child of the Bronx, she dreamed big and ended up on the highest court of the land,” Ms. Clinton tells the children seated on the floor around her, “She’s one of our heroes.”
In return for Ms. Clinton’s and Ms. Sotomayor’s inspiration – as well as the opportunity to meet two of the most famous female leaders in person, the day campers, ages 7 – 9, sang and danced performances they had been perfecting for weeks.
Then they hugged Ms. Sotomayor and Ms. Clinton and shouted their thanks.
Worn out, desperate and five months pregnant, Mocha slept in parks, shelters, subways – any place she could find — before she found her way to Good Counsel Homes, an affiliate of Catholic Charities.
“I felt like I was the lowest of the lows,” she says, her brown eyes batting back tears.
Her experience is typical of women served by Good Counsel Homes, says its co-founder and Executive Director Christopher Bell as he steers a 2008 blue KIA minivan, dropping off donations of diapers, baby food and changing tables at Good Counsel Homes in Spring Valley, Harrison, Hoboken and the South Bronx.
“Women who come to us are all in crisis,” he says. “Their boyfriends told them to have an abortion. Their moms threw them out when their babies were born. Fewer than half have high school degrees. Our job is to help them rebuild their lives.”
Counting Mocha, Good Counsel Homes has rebuilt nearly 6,000 lives since it began in 1984. Similar to most, Mocha stayed there for nearly a year and a half. She gave birth to her baby, worked two jobs, studied to become an electrocardiogram technician and learned how to be a mom.
“As soon as I stepped through the door I felt I had a home where I could get back on my feet,” she says.
Begun in a converted convent with a lot of help and little money, Good Counsel Homes now networks with maternity homes throughout the nation.
But, Mr. Bell says, it is caring for a single lonely mom and a single helpless baby that matters most. For Mocha, Good Counsel Homes gave her and the little boy she bore a chance for rebirth.
Today she and her now three-year-old son have a home of their own.
“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them,” Mocha says.
Meet Mocha in this video.
Do you know someone facing a crisis pregnancy?
“Anyone from anywhere for any reason at any age can call our crisis help line,” Mr. Bells says.
Call 1- 800-723 8331. Call now.