In This Issue
April 2019

Neighborhood House Staff Play BronxWorks in Basketball  

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House staff played a friendly game against our settlement house colleagues from BronxWorks in our gymnasium! Staff of all experience levels joined the team and were excited to practice together and get to know their colleagues better in a fun-filled evening. Dozens of staff and friends from both organizations cheered on their teams. Both teams gave it their all, with BronxWorks capturing an exciting 56-43 win. Everyone had a great time and, after the game, both teams celebrated in a local pub! 


Legal Advocacy Department Offers New DRIE Clinics with Support from The New York Bar Foundation

We recently launched our Rent Freeze for People with Disabilities Clinics, a new initiative by our Legal Advocacy Department. Through this program, made possible in part by a grant from The New York Bar Foundation, we are enrolling individuals with disabilities in the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) program, enabling them to remain in their homes with affordable rents. A huge thank you to The New York Bar Foundation for its support.

For more information about the clinics, contact DRIE@lenoxhill.org or 212-218-0503, option 0.


Early Childhood Center Students Celebrate Birthdays by Baking Healthy Cakes 

Our Early Childhood Center children celebrate their birthdays each month by making a birthday cake using seasonal and healthy ingredients, such as carrots in winter and zucchini in summer. In this fun baking project, students discuss the seasons, explore ingredients using their senses and learn about how vegetables grow. The teachers and children mix the ingredients together in the classroom, while the children work on their fine motor skills and get more comfortable with cooking. The cake is then returned to the kitchen, baked and frosted for the class to enjoy. Happy healthy birthday!

Columbia Occupational Therapy Students Work with Geriatric Care Management Clients

Each year, we welcome two Columbia University Occupational Therapy students to intern with our Geriatric Care Management program. As part of their fieldwork, the students visit some of our most vulnerable and frail clients in their homes over a three-month period. This year, the students have been working with clients to make motivation boards, using positive thinking and setting goals for health and overall well-being. Featured above is one of our clients, Siggi, displaying a motivation board that she created with the help of our  Columbia University student interns.

To learn more about our Geriatric Care Management program, visit  www.lenoxhill.org/geriatriccare

The Teaching Kitchen Travels Upstate to Offer Training in Plattsburgh, NY

In our first experience offering a training outside of New York City, The Teaching Kitchen at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House traveled to Plattsburgh to work with local organizations aiming to serve more fresh, healthy and local food. Teaching Kitchen Executive Chef Lynn Loflin and Teaching Kitchen Chef Evelyn Garcia worked with the Senior Citizens Council of Clinton County, the Joint Council for Economic Opportunity, Pine Harbour Assisted Living and the Clinton County Department of Health to evaluate their current food programs, develop goals for improvement and devise a plan to achieve those goals. Some of the goals established were to serve more diverse local grains, vegetables and vegetarian meals. We were  excited to work with our upstate neighbors and to provide some tools for their programs to start making healthy changes! 
 
A special thank you to the New York State Health Foundation, a key supporter of The Teaching Kitchen, for facilitating the connection with the Clinton County Department of Health. This experience of "taking the show on the road" provided many useful takeaways for our team as we work to develop new materials and training methods to expand The Teaching Kitchen's impact statewide.