Celebrating a Beautiful Space
Top Image, front row left to right: Hanjy Charles, Alex Bellos, Valerie Barton-Richardson, Nia Hooper, Jordan Short and Regina Mitchelll - Kendle
Bottom Image: the redesigned lounge nook of the Albany Cornerstone Teen Recreation Room
The Albany Cornerstone Community Center celebrated the west elm redesign of their Teen Recreation Room and Young Men's Initiative (YMI) Room with a ribbon-cutting event on June 4th. The Brooklyn based furniture company renovated the space as part of building a relationship with a Brooklyn nonprofit--choosing CAMBA for their efforts.

The Brooklyn-born President of west elm, Alex Bellos, shared that the company believes in "elevating lives" and this effort was the beginning in making a difference in the lives of youth served by CAMBA. Our Executive Vice President Valerie Barton-Richardson noted that in the past year west elm has been working with CAMBA, the company began the beautification process by extensive prep work and painting on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday; began a clothing and toy drive for our shelter clients, as well as donating blankets and throws; launched a book drive for the Albany community center; and raised one thousand dollars for CAMBA through a staff potluck dinner. Employees of west elm also volunteered at our various events.

Among others taking part in the ribbon cutting festivities were west elm's Jordan Short--who led the redesign with his colleague Nia Hooper; CAMBA's Education & Youth Development staff, including Vice President Wesner Pierre , Senior Director Regina Mitchell-Kendle and Hanjy Charles , Director of the Albany Cornerstone; and representatives from the NYPD, the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), including its Residents Association, the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, as well as program partners and community stakeholders. News 12/Brooklyn captured the festivities on the news that night.
Root, Root, Root for the Home Team!
On July 10th , take your friends and family out to watch the future stars of the MLB play ball! Get some hot-dogs and pretzels, and at the same time support our community.

Whether you're rooting for Brooklyn's home team, have friends visiting from Cleveland, or you're looking for an exciting way to end a day by the beach, join us at Coney Island's MCU Park for a great night filled with popcorn and pop-ups at CAMBA’s fun-filled Night at the Ballpark.  
Proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships support the work we do to provide emergency food, safe and permanent homes, jobs, and youth development programs to more than 65,000 New Yorkers in need each year. Get your tickets here before we sell out!
Where: MCU Park, 1904 Surf Ave., Brooklyn, NY
When: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 7 p.m.
For more information, contact Melissa Fisher , Director of Development
T: (718) 287 – 2600 x20321 or email melissaf@camba.org
Small Brooklyn Businesses Win Big Kudos
Top photo, left to right: Honorees Barrington Blye, Jesse Hayes, Kyeisha Kelly; Tukunbo Anifalaje of Brooklyn Navy Yard; Up and Go’s honorees Marysol Martinez, Maria Carmen Tapia and Zenaida Muñoz; Julia Jean-Francois of Center for Family Life and honoree Maria Buendia; honoree Jennifer Hopkins and Delia Awusi of BOC; honoree Debra Dixon-Anderson and Lori Raphael of Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce; and Isaac Roldan of CAMBA Small Business Services.  
CAMBA's Small Business Services  (SBS) and four Brooklyn organizations celebrated the borough’s most promising small businesses on May 15 at the Second Annual Brooklyn Entrepreneur Awards. The honorees each have successful, thriving businesses and each received support from either CAMBA SBS, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Business Outreach Center Network, Inc. (BOC), or the Center for Family Life to start or expand their very own endeavors.

CAMBA SBS honored Barrington Blye, co-owner of  Barry’s Beauty Bar , which offers full spa services; the Brooklyn Navy Yard honored Kyiesha Kelly of clothing store  Hip Hop Closet ; the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce honored Debra-Dixon-Anderson of  Light of Gold PR , a public relations company; BOC honored Jennifer Hopkins of  A Playdate Everyday , an after-school program for pre-K and kindergarten children; and Center for Family Life’s honoree was  Up and Go --its Cooperative of the Year. Up and Go is a worker-owned cleaning service. 

Sharing Phenomenal Messages with Girls
On Saturday, May 18th, CAMBA's iCare program hosted its third Annual Phenomenal Girls' Symposium, bringing moving performances, constructive workshops and inspiring panels to the young women in attendance. The girls also had an exclusive talk and meet and greet with entrepreneur and self-made millionaire Tiana Von Johnson (on the right in the photo above) . Tiana inspired the girls with her message to reach for their dreams and to reject discouraging thoughts and influences.
Investors Bank Beautification
Investors Bank volunteers plant new flowers and greenery at the Kensington Family Shelter
Volunteers from Investors Bank worked hard beautifying the grounds of the Kensington Family Shelter on May 22nd. They spent the morning planting flowers and other greenery that clients and neighbors of the shelter will truly enjoy for years to come.
Mother's Day at CAMBA Shelters
Amida Care , a nonprofit community health plan, worked in a collaboration with Brooklyn-based nonprofit The Campaign Against Hunger to bring information about healthy foods and healthy eating to residents at the Flagstone Family Shelter on May 10th. There were plenty of activities for guests of all ages, including face painting. Part of the activities included an early celebration of Mother's Day for the moms in attendance (top photo, right).

And it was quite the party and spread on Mother's Day at the Park Slope Women's Shelter (PSWS) as staff (bottom photo, left-to-right) Nicole Lovell , Melissa Elias-Hoyte and Regina Pridgen prepared to serve brunch to the clients. There was also a DJ providing "get down" dancing beats. This event was part of CAMBA staff's efforts to make these days more meaningful for clients.
Leading to College Presents in Oregon
(left-to-right): Lovely Olivier, Pieranna Pieroni, Christie Hodgkins, Breyanna Esterene, Idriss Barnes, Okina Van Putten, Millie Symns, and Desiree Vazquez Barlatt.
Since 2009, CAMBA and the College Now Program at Brooklyn College have partnered at Wingate High School Campus in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Their co-designed and -administered Leading to College initiative, funded by a Teagle Foundation grant, serves a substantial cadre of 10 th -12 th graders and their families.

On June 1st in Portland, Oregon, the partners presented a discussion of the academic and social context, and the rationale for establishing Leading to College (LtC), at NCORE's conference (National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education ). The presentation looked at a decade of Higher Ed-CBO collaboration in support of urban students and families.
Joining in the presentation were: Lovely Olivier, former LtC participant, and a 2018 graduate of Georgetown University, now working at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office; Pieranna Pieroni, Director of College Now at Brooklyn College, Christie Hodgkins , CAMBA Senior Vice President; Breyanna Esterene, former LtC participant, and a 2019 graduate of Brooklyn College; Idriss Barnes , CAMBA's LtC Director; Okina Van Putten, former LtC participant and a current student at John Jay College at CUNY; Millie Symns, Research Analyst, Office of Research, Evaluation + Program Support at CUNY; and Desiree Vazquez Barlatt, former Teagle Foundation Program Officer and current Director of Strategic Partnerships for CUNY's K-16 Initiatives.
CAMBA Career Corner
CAMBA offers excellent career opportunities to candidates who are interested in growing with one of New York City's largest multi-service nonprofit providers. Please visit CAMBA.org/careers  to learn more about our programs and achievements.
CAMBA is hiring for the following positions:
  • Supervisor II (Clinical), Magnolia House Women's Shelter -- details here
  • Supervisor II (Clinical), Atlantic House Men's Shelter -- details here
  • Director of Social Services, Park Avenue Family Residence -- details here
  • Recreational Coordinator, Park Avenue Family Residence -- details here
  • Social Worker, LTW for Transfer Schools in Brooklyn/Manhattan -- details here
  • Client Care Supervisor, Kings Inn Family Center -- details here
  • Assistant Program Director, Flagstone Family Center -- details here
  • Case Manager, Broadway House Women's Shelter -- details here
  • Accountant I, Fiscal Department - Grants and Contracts Management Unit -- details here
  • Case Manager, Citywide Scattered Site Housing -- details here
  • Program Director, Landing Family Shelter -- details here
  • Grant Writer, Strategic Partnerships -- details here
  • Human Resources Assistant, Human Resources Department -- details here
  • After-School & Summer Camp Programs, Multiple Brooklyn Sites -- details here
CAMBA connects New Yorkers to opportunities through its dedicated staff, who are trained to provide solutions to the biggest challenges of life in New York.
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