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poetryCAMBA After-School Participant Julie Bazile Wins Citywide Poetry Contest

Julie Bazile, 13, says "my love for my culture, heritage and family inspired me to write the poem entitled 'I Am Thankful.'

Composed for the Hip Hop Mix Club, an after-school activity at CAMBA's SONYC program at Hudde Junior High School in Brooklyn, the eighth-grader's poem won first prize at the City's Young Poets Society contest, sponsored by the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD).

More than 100 young poets -- from elementary school through high school -- competed for the honor.

Julie is pictured above, reading her poem at the DYCD "Gives Back" Performance Festival at Borough of Manhattan Community College's Tribeca Performing Arts Center on Dec. 19, 2015.

Although Julie plans to continue writing poems and short stories, her long-term goal is to become a psychiatrist -- and to author a book on the human mind.

The Hip Hop Mix Club combines hip hop and poetry lessons, activities and games, designed encourage youth to express themselves through creative writing. the Club's leader, Simba McCray, accompanied Julie to the performance.

KensingtonKensington Neighbors Welcome New Family Shelter Residents
Dedicated Kensington staff members include (left to right) Quiana Thevenot, Alexandra Dixon, Denise LaLande-Phipps, Patricia Alexander, Suzette Coutou and Dante Thomas.

Welcome baskets, holiday presents, grocery gift cards, handmade cards, books, clothes, diapers and much more greeted the first families to arrive at CAMBA's newest family homeless shelter in Kensington Brooklyn.

Two community residents -- who asked to be anonymous -- helped lead this heart-warming outpouring of support, under the name Give Me Shelter BK. They were joined by a neighborhood Cub Scout Troop, local schools and other community organizations.

Members of the New York Police Department's 66th Precinct also opened their arms to families, donating and trimming a Christmas tree and bringing a sack full of wrapped toys for kids.

Opened in December, The Kensington is one of three family shelters operated by CAMBA. It can accommodate up to 64 families.

CAMBA provides crisis intervention -- including clothing, carfare and supportive services -- and case management, meals on-site and relocation to permanent housing. All services are aimed at helping to stabilize families so they can return to independent living.

guidestarCAMBA Gets the Gold ... the GuideStar Gold
CAMBA is honored to achieve a Gold Star by GuideStar, one of the nation's premier charity databases that provide ratings on non-profits' management.

According to GuideStar, the Gold level demonstrates our commitment to transparency and accountability -- indicating that CAMBA is an agency that you can trust.

GuideStar collects and publishes detailed information on more than 1.8 million tax-exempt organizations, from IRS 990 forms to revenue and expense statements to impact reports.

Check out CAMBA's GuideStar report here.
holidayGenerous New Yorkers Share Holiday Spirit with CAMBA Clients

Compassionate New Yorkers wrapped up the holidays with gifts and parties that brought joy to thousands of low-income and homeless clients in CAMBA programs and shelters.

Many groups and individuals ensured that all our children found presents under the tree this year. Among them were:

Gina Argano: With her crew of Spectacular Angels, Gina collected enough gifts to fill a 24-foot truck for children in our Healthy Families program. Her massive toy drive was chronicled by News 12 Brooklyn. Gina and her volunteers also hosted a party, complete with Santa, photos, a DJ and food. In addition, Gina threw a party and delivered gifts for children at CAMBA's Flagstone Family Center homeless shelter. Their party also included Santa, photos, food and music.

CAMBA Junior Board: The group hosted a holiday party and toy drive that raised almost $2,000 to purchase gifts for children at The Landing homeless shelter.

WellCare Community Foundation: The Foundation provided a grant that brought gifts to  nearly 1,500 children in CAMBA's homeless shelters and supportive housing facilities.

United Neighborhood Houses: UNH contributed  $675 through The Sirus Fund for toys and winter clothing for children.

The National Women's Hockey League:   Fans of the New York Riveters donated two large boxes of men's and women's coats for our shelter residents and a large box of canned food for our pantry at their Nov. 29 game. Additionally, eight Riveters players helped to serve Thanksgiving dinner at two of our women's shelters.

You'll find a list of major toy drive donors on our website .

The following campaigns also brought food and love to CAMBA clients this past fall:

500 Turkeys for 500 Families: Our annual turkey drive, sponsored by Ditmas Park Corner, far surpassed its goal and raised nearly $11,000 for Thanksgiving dinners for our Beyond Hunger Emergency Food Pantry clients. CAMBA was able to distribute more than 1,100 turkeys to clients.

Fall Canned Food Drive: Schools, individuals and businesses collected more than 6,400 food items and almost $450 to help keep the pantry well-stocked over the winter months.

The Landing Thanksgiving: Residents and community leaders  of Elmhurst, Queens, turned out to host a Thanksgiving meal for families at The Landing homeless shelter. The event was organized by Joe LoBello. He and fellow volunteers also funded the festive meal, which was provided at a discount by  Sagaponack & Madeline Catering.

healthywaySave the Date: CAMBA's Annual Healthy Way 5k and 10k Race Is Sunday, May 1, 2016. Watch for Details Soon!