Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens is hosting the 2019 Evening of Jazz & Cocktails at Russo’s on the Bay, which includes an evening of smooth Jazz, delicious cocktails, dinner, wine games with prizes and much more!
All funds will benefit children and families at Christmas. For more information, click the link.
Over 250 staff members of Catholic Charities Early Childhood Services and 80 network providers participated in the Early Childhood Services Professional Development. Following the mantra of this year's theme: "Making a Difference is What I do...Today, Tomorrow and Always", the goal of this annual training was to promote program improvements, safeguard children and families, enhance staff knowledge, skills and abilities, while preparing children for school and helping families become self-sufficient. In addition, Early Childhood Services awarded staff for their accomplishments this year. Congratulations to Therese Cervini ECDC, Program of the Year Award; Sunset Park ECDC, Staff Attendance Award; Msgr. Andrew Landi ECDC, Child Attendance Award and St. Malachy ECDC, In-Kind Volunteer and Donation Award.
The Catholic Charities Charles F. Murphy Early Childhood Development Center in Brooklyn recently hosted: Dads Take Your Child to School Day. To honor the national celebration, fathers and male figures spent the day with their children playing games and bonding.
During a tenants meeting at the Catholic Charities Peter J. Striano Senior Residence/Howard Beach Apartments in Queens, residents expressed the desire to garden as a beautification project for the entrance of the residence. This past summer, Next Step Ministries, a youth-based missionary group, lent a helping hand in making that wish become a reality. During their time with CCBQ, youth prepped the front of the residence with planters, which staff members of the residence and Community Program Services helped to complete. Tenants of the residence vowed to care for the garden daily.
This morning, tenants of the Catholic Charities Msgr. Thomas Campbell Apartments in Astoria, Queens were greeted with a delicious breakfast. Staff and tenants of the residence worked together in preparing the meal, which included assorted baked goods, crisp bacon, fluffy pancakes and much more! JoAnn Esposito, Regional Property Manager – Queens North & South, Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Management Corporation, welcomed everyone and offered a prayer and blessing to all in attendance. Residents were thrilled and grateful for this special treat.
CCBQ's Behavioral Health Services (BHS) recently hosted their Annual Health & Wellness: Old School Family Fun Day! Held in Queens, over 100 attendees enjoyed this end-of-the-year celebration for clients and families, which included dance contests, musical chairs, photo ops and yummy barbecue. Vendors in attendance included CCBQ's Community Program Services, Four Seasons Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Baltic Street Community Resource and Wellness Center, Brain Food Garden Project, Girl Scouts of Greater New York, NYC Emergency Management, New York City Fire Department (FDNY), New York Life Insurance Company, Empire BlueCross BlueShield and to help guests keep cool, Mister Softee.
The Catholic Charities Bayside Senior Center in Queens recently celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival with a BBQ, songs, tasty mooncakes and ice cream. This festival is the second biggest holiday in the Chinese calendar and focuses on the importance of family and worshiping the full moon as a symbol of a complete family. It is also tradition for children to create lanterns. Amazingly, this holiday always falls on the night of a full moon.
Did you know that every year on September 15th, families of the Chinese and Vietnamese cultures gather together to celebrate the Mooncake Festival? This day marks the end of the autumn harvest and is traditionally a time to give thanks to the gods. Members of the Catholic Charities Narrows Senior Center in Brooklyn celebrated the special day with music, dancing and a beautiful musical performance by our very own talented group of seniors honoring the tradition of admiring the moon while indulging in delicious mooncakes.
CCBQ's Community Program Services Relatives as Parents Program (R.A.P.P.) in Brownsville, Brooklyn recently collaborated with the Brooklyn Public Library for three sessions of creativity and fun. Session one was a Sip and Paint where members painted their summer memories. Participants created beautiful pieces depicting themselves on exotic vacations and in lavish homes spending quality time with family.