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There’s always something exciting and important happening with our programs and services at Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens.  Read these stories and check back often.  We’re always posting updates.


CCBQ's Community Programming Services recently attended the 2019 NYC's Conference on Hunger and Poverty presented by the Food Bank For New York City at the New York Marriott Marquis. This year’s theme was "Be The One" ― there is a lot to be done to continue to fight hunger, food insecurity and inequity in the five boroughs. Guest speakers included Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Former U.S. Representative Charles Rangel.


In celebration of World Read Aloud Day, families of the Catholic Charities Parkside Early Childhood Development Center in Brooklyn spent the day reading books that were generously donated by Share Literary. Thank you SO much to Ms. Moless and Mr. Whitney from Share Literacy.​ Check out our youngsters during Circle Time reading and bonding.


CCBQ's Community Program Services recently held a two-day Infant CPR and Safety Certification Training at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Brooklyn. Session one focused on identifying the differences in administering CPR for an adult versus a child. Session two centered on First Aid Training with a visit from Maria, an American Red Cross CPR Trainer who helped participants identify signs of a stroke, heart attack, seizure and choking. Later in the day, participants enjoyed a yummy breakfast and raffle prizes including a play crib and $25 food vouchers.


CCBQ's Community Programming Services recently held Pajama Storytime at the Riverdale Osborne Towers in Brooklyn. Families had a blast doing arts and crafts and reading in their matching comfy PJs. This workshop offered a reading of 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo by Eric Carle, focusing on a fun way to teach numbers. Families went home with a copy of the book and activities to continue learning at home. Some lucky winners won $25 Target gift cards and rubber duckies with numbers on them.


As part of the New York City Department for the Aging's Keep on Track Blood Pressure Monitoring Program, seniors from the Catholic Charities Dellamonica-Steinway Senior Center in Astoria, Queens learned about brain health and tips for boosting cognitive functioning. Participants enjoyed an interactive game of true or false and won prizes including gift cards and travel salad bowls. All went home with brain food including salmon, walnuts, avocado, turmeric, sardines and blueberries.

"For Luisa Estefany Jimenez, silence is elusive, sleep even more so.

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