In This Issue
February 2019

Early Childhood Center Students Join in Our 125th Anniversary Celebrations

Students from our Sunflower classroom created a beautiful mural to commemorate our 125th anniversary. The project was incorporated into the classroom's daily lessons, with students learning about our founding as a kindergarten and the history of our programs. Teachers showed archival photographs of our early classes and engaged students in discussion about what has changed and what has stayed the same over the years. Students also learned about how Lenox Hill Neighborhood House helps people of all ages, facilitating a conversation about neighborhood, community and friendship. This type of holistic learning is central to our teaching philosophy and is key to helping our children to excel and prepare for school and for life. 

Women's Mental Health Shelter Peer Advocate Publishes First Book

A huge congratulations to Stephanie Schroeder, Peer Advocate at our Women's Mental Health Shelter at the Park Avenue Armory, on the publication of Headcase: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Health and Wellness, a book that she co-edited.  In a review of the work,  Library Journal  writes, "Few books can make the claim of being unique, but this is one of them . . . the editors intend to start a conversation among LGBTQ people and the therapy community about topics that are usually hidden or ignored. In this goal, they succeed admirably . . . This terrific and essential work will benefit all readers."  Stephanie has been working at the Women's Mental Health Shelter since 2017 and recently expanded her role to become a full-time Peer Advocate. 

Our Impact: By the Numbers

In an analysis of the impact of our many programs over the past year, our Performance Management team found that 97% of our Early Childhood Center students met or exceeded age-level expectations before entering kindergarten. Our Teaching Kitchen trained 64 organizations serving 5.5 million meals annually. And our Legal Advocacy Department helped avoid $6.68 million in shelter costs for local families who preserved their housing. These are just a few of the ways that, together with the help of so many friends, supporters and volunteers, we reach 15,000 New Yorkers each year. 

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CARE Participants Enjoy Healthy Cooking Demonstration and Discussion

Clients of our CARE program for older adults living with dementia enjoyed a healthy pancake cooking demonstration by our Teaching Kitchen team. Participants and their caregivers learned how to make pancakes using healthy ingredients such as fresh blueberries, bananas, oats and yogurt, discussed the health benefits of probiotics and of course tasted the final result! The Teaching Kitchen works across our programs to promote health and overall well-being through nutrition education and healthy, fresh, locally sourced and sustainable foods. 

Legal Advocacy Team Participates in NYCHA Rent Reduction Clinic

Led by Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Housing Attorney/Equal Justice Works Fellow Chris Helwig, attorneys and advocates in our Legal Advocacy Department worked alongside pro bono partners Morgan Stanley and Simpson, Thacher & Barlett to help public housing residents determine their proper rents and avoid rental overcharges.  Through a series of recent Rent Calculation Clinics, we have helped nearly 50 NYCHA tenants, saving them hundreds of dollars of rent each month. We look forward to continuing to expand our impact through these important partnerships.