Posts Tagged ‘computer skills’

Find Summer Fun & Meaning Here

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

guild 6By Alice Kenny

Looking for a valuable and great way to explore the city this summer? Volunteer with us.

We’re looking for young adults to serve as mentors for the visually impaired teens we serve.

Our instructors will show you how to help these teens live more independently, get ready for work and explore their neighborhoods.

Have questions?  Here are answers:

Q: How long is the commitment?

A: Just 3 weeks.

Q: Can you be more specific?

A: Sure can.  8/10/15 – 8/28/15, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Q: What’s involved?

A: Each week,  you and the visually impaired teen will spend:

  • Two days at a job we matched the teen with.
  • Two days enjoying activities in the community.
  • One day at our main Catholic Guild for the Blind Office at 1011 First Ave. NY working on computer skills and training for work.

Q: Sounds like some travel.  Who pays for that?

A: We do. Hurray!

 More questions? Click here for more answers.

Mothers Day Makeover

Friday, May 10th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Accustomed to hard work, scant funds and dreams only of their children’s futures, 15 wives and relatives of day laborers instead received free haircuts, makeovers and all-round pampering on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in the St. Peter’s Parish gym in Yonkers, in preparation for Mothers Day.

The women belong to a mothers group associated with Obreros Unidos De Yonkers, a group of approximately 300 day laborers in the Yonkers area.

The women received haircuts free of charge provided by two hairstylist/salon owners who are also parishioners of St. Peter’s Parish.  They also received a make-up lesson and application by a Mary Kay representative.  And two of the recipient moms, far more accustomed to giving than receiving, opted to donate their cut hair to Locks of Love, a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from medical hair loss.

The Mothers Day celebration was part of Catholic Charities’ ongoing involvement with Obreros Unidos De Yonkers, a group of approximately 300 day laborers in the Yonkers area. Through this program, Catholic Charities educates workers on employment rights and responsibilities in order to prevent exploitation and abuse. Catholic Charities also assists in the collection of unpaid wages, helps workers get access to healthcare services, provides emergency food, and offers English language and computer skills instruction.

Looking for more information about Obreros Unidos de Yonkers?

Call (914) 375-6729/48 or visit the office at St. Peter’s Church basement, 91 Ludlow Street, Yonkers, NY  10705

Call the Catholic Charities Help Line — (888) 744-7900 — for help finding services you need.

Wishing you a wonderful Mothers Day!