Kinship Support Program June 2012 Newsletter Upcoming Events Children’s Nature Programs Saturdays, June 9, 16, 23, 30 11am Beczak Center 35 Alexander Street, Yonkers Caregiver Support Group Friday, June 8, 10am-12pm Yonkers Riverfront Library 1 Larkin Center, Yonkers Summer Youth Program Planning Meeting Friday, June 15, 10:00am 30 S. Broadway, 8th Floor Yonkers June 25 is the last school day for Yonkers students Family Service Society of Yonkers Feeling Fabulous After 50 Monday, June 18, 6pm-7:30pm Grinton Will Library 1500 Central Avenue, Yonkers Pool Party & Barbecue Tuesday, June 19 (Raindate is June 20) 10:00am–3:00pm Saxon Woods Park Pool 1800 Mamaroneck Avenue White Plains Family Barbeque Friday, June 29 10:30am-4pm V.E. Macy Park, Picnic Area 1 914 Rt. 9A, Ardsley, NY Rescheduled! Kinship Family Barbeque/Potluck Friday, June 29 10:30am-4pm V. H. Macy Park Picnic Area 1 Ardsley Supervised children’s activities. Relaxation time for caregivers. Bring a dish to share. FSSY will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages. RSVP to Efrain Rodriguez by Friday, June 15. Caregiver Programs Cancelled if inclement weather on June 29. Relative Caregiver Support Group Lyn Beville, Retired Yonkers Public Schools Social Worker, will discuss fun ways for the children in your care to continue learning through the summer and to jumpstart the 2012-13 school year at the June 8 meeting. Contact Lori Viera for more information and to request childcare during the meeting. Note: no meeting on June 22 due to the June 29th Kinship Family Barbeque. Feeling Fabulous After 50 Paul Moglia, Ph.D., Associate Residency Director at South Nassau Communities Hospital, will discuss Controlling Overeating and Managing Exercise: We Can’t Have One Without the Other. RSVP by June 13 at 914-377-6806. Please bring canned food for donation to a local food pantry. Sponsored by Yonkers 55 Plus and other organizations. Pool Party & Barbecue Westchester County Department of Senior Services and Programs (WCDSPS) invites you to poolside party. The event is open to all relative caregivers and the children in your home who are not in school. Admission and parking are free. Lunch is available for $4; To order a lunch please called WCDSPS at 914-813-6380 or 914-6423 by June 11. Make checks payable to “WCDSPS” and mail to Pool Party, WCDSPS, 9 South First Avenue, 10th Floor, Mount Vernon, NY 10550. For more information, call 914-231-4564. Training and Support Opportunities WEEKLY SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN, Thursdays, 3:30pm—5:00pm, at the Mary J. Blige Center, 489 S. Broadway, Yonkers, sponsored by the Westchester Jewish Community Services. Childcare and dinner provided. Contact Myriam Barenbaum at 914-423-4433, ext. 21, to register. ABC PARENTING COURSE offered by Family Ties of Westchester on June 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7 from 5:30pm-7:30pm, at the Yonkers Family Ties Resource Center located at 53 South Broadway, Mezzanine Level. Attendance at all sessions is required; certificates awarded upon completion. Please call 914-964-2063 for more information. FINANCIAL PLANNING AND DEBT REDUCTION WORKSHOPS offered by the Westchester Community College for Financial and Economic Education, 75 Grasslands Road in Valhalla. For more information, contact Suzanne Matthews at 914-606-5627, or [email protected] Grandparents, Caregivers and Friends Walking Club Miracle Walkers Sundays, June 9, 16, 23 at 11:30; meet at S. Broadway and Valentine Lane Sunday Sunshine Steppers Sundays, June 10, 17, 24; meet at the Yonkers Pier, Main and Water Grant Streets) Glen Evening Walkers Thursdays June 7, 14, 21, 28 4:30pm; War Memorial Field, located on Copcutt Lane off of Nepperhan Avenue (meet near the Walsh Road Parking Lot) Sunrise Strollers On break during June Contact Efrain Rodriguez for more information YOUTH PROGRAMS Free Tutoring Volunteer college students who are enrolled in teacher training programs are available to tutor youths living in kinship homes on Monday afternoons during June. Contact Efrain Rodriguez to set up an appointment. Minority Student Scholarships College scholarships sponsored by a range of companies and organizations are available for minority students; contact Efrain Rodriguez. Summer Employment for Youth Ages 16-24 New York Youth Works can assist with finding summer employment and/or career preparation. Obtain applications at www.labor.ny.gov/formsdocs/es326.pdf. Call Allen Kelly at 914-0995-3924 or email [email protected] Children’s Nature Programs Free Saturday children’s events at the Beczak Center. A hands-on nature program on June 9, 16, 23 & 24, 30 for children ages 5-12. For information, contact 914-377-1900 or go to the Beczak website at www.beczak.org. Yonkers Recreational Activities The Spring and Summer Parks Department brochure is now available on the City of Yonkers website. For the on-line brochure, go to http://www.yonkersny.gov/Index.aspx?page=227. Camp Morty Apply for a free week of sleep-away camp sponsored by the Westchester County Department of Social Services in North Salem, NY. Activities include swimming, boating/canoeing, sports and games, arts and crafts, evening campfire programs and leadership development. Please contact Teri Guillen at 914-703-1412 or [email protected], or Efrain Rodriguez for more information or an application. Kinship Summer Youth Program for Children Ages 5-12 July 10 – July 26, 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM Family Service Society of Yonkers Contact Efrain Rodriguez to register, 914-963-5118 or [email protected] Applications due by June 30 Please be advised that a minimum registration of 15 children is required for the program to be offered. Parent Planning and Orientation Meeting on Friday, June 15, 10:00am, at FSSY, 30 S. Broadway, 8th Floor, Yonkers Resources Assistance for Older Home Owners Learn about property tax discounts and available resources to pay back taxes; sponsored by Mayor Mike Spano, Westchester Residential Opportunities and the Yonkers Office for the Aging. Call 914 428-4507, ext. 313 for an appointment. Community Garden Plots Would you like the opportunity to raise fresh vegetables for your family in a Yonkers neighborhood community garden? Contact Efrain Rodriguez for details. Hearty Helpings Meat Buying Co-op The Food Bank of Westchester sponsors a meat buying co-op at the Yonkers Community Action Program, 164 Ashburton Avenue. Pre-paid orders due by Tuesday, June 12 at 12pm; pickup on Friday, June 29 from 2-4pm. Contact Tarsha Arthur for more information or to place orders, 914-423-5905, ext. 10. KINSHIP SUPPORT PROGRAM, FAMILY SERVICE SOCIETY OF YONKERS 30 S. BROADWAY, YONKERS, NY 10701 914-963-5118 CAROLYN FLUCKINGER, DIRECTOR, [email protected] LORI VIERA, Counselor, [email protected] Efrain Rodriguez, Program Coordinator, [email protected] www.fssy.org Sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services, NYS Office for the Aging, NYS Office of Children & Family Services, WC Department of Senior Programs and Services, WC Department of Social Services, Yonkers Department of Planning and Development, the Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation, The Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation, The Elias Foundation, the Entergy Charitable Foundation and the MAXIMUS Foundation. Health and nutrition activities are sponsored by the Southwest Yonkers Community For All Ages and funded by the United Way of Westchester and Putnam, and the Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation.
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