Westhab Works
Newsletter, July 2014     

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11th Annual Golf Classic

Girl Scouts Bring Talents to Westhab  

 


The most important lessons are often taught by a younger generation. Such was the case when Izzy Lawton and Eliza Edelstein, both middle school students, approached Westhab with hopes of completing their Girl Scout Silver Award community service project at Westhab's 100-family homeless shelter, the Coachman Family Center.

 

This spring, Izzy and Eliza led enriching workshops with children from the Coachman, during which they taught lessons on friendship and shared their knowledge of arts and crafts, including sewing stuffed animals, decorating tote bags, and much more.

In Yonkers, Shannon Cover, a high school student and Girl Scout leader, recently completed her Gold Award project - a year-long sports and wellness program at the Elm Street Youth Center. Service projects such as these create a powerful impact in the lives of Westhab's youth participants and add great value to our programs.

The Girl Scouts have been a close partner of Westhab's for several years, as our agencies work together to support all members of the community. Thank you, Girl Scouts, for all that you do to support our youth participants! 

 


Dear Friends,

 

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer, and that you are finding time to get away or relax with family and loved ones.

 

As you know, our work at Westhab never takes time off. The people and communities that we serve rely on our housing and service programs year-round. The summer is always a particularly busy time for our Youth Services Department, which offers full-service summer enrichment programming at six youth centers in Westchester and the Bronx. This summer's activities include journalism, animation, leadership development, teen employment, SAT Prep, and much more. It is energizing to see so many young people engaged in fun and productive activities all summer long.

 

I look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming Golf Classic, which is quickly approaching on Tuesday, August 5 at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills. This year we are excited to honor our long-time partner and friend John Tolomer and The Westchester Bank. The Classic is Westhab's primary fund-raising event, which we rely on to support the activities of the organization. We hope to see our past supporters as well as many newcomers at this year's outing.

 

Take care,

                       

Richard Nightingale, President & CEO 



The Elm Street Community Resource Center: Serving the City of Yonkers

Located at 103 Elm Street in the Nodine Hill neighborhood of downtown Yonkers, Westhab's Elm Street Community Resource Center provides critical services for members of the community, including: employment, housing, and counseling services; a year-round emergency food pantry; and resources for residents such as the internet, fax, and telephone service.

 

The ESCRC is a vital aspect of Nodine Hill, without which, many residents would be unable to meet their needs. Thanks to a New York State grant made possible through the efforts of Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, the ESCRC will soon undergo needed building renovations that will strengthen and sustain our programs.  Westhab also extends its gratitude to the Junior League of Bronxville, which recently donated $1,200 to support the ESCRC's emergency food pantry. 


AmeriCorps VISTA Fills Critical Role

In partnership with Up2Us, Westhab provides a year of service for an aspiring person through AmeriCorps VISTA - a federally funded service-learning program that enables Americans to create positive change in low-income communities across the country.

This year Westhab was fortunate to find Robert (Bobby) Arao, who will be completing his VISTA year of service in August. Hailing from Rochester, New York by way of Tokyo, Japan,  Bobby showed excellent initiative by spearheading several important projects over the course of the year, including implementing KidzLit - a literacy program that serves over 300 children at four Westhab youth centers.

This fall, Bobby will be attending the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, where he will receive training to become a Pediatrician. 

Thanks for all of your support, Bobby. You will be missed!


 

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