Feeling like a family at Ward's Island
|Volunteers team up with CFH Social Services staff|
to hand out healthy BBQ choices such a turkey hot dogs,
turkey burgers and fresh fruit.
On Wednesday, July 10th, Care for the Homeless' Social Services, Health Education and Program Evaluation departments joined together with a group of CFH volunteers to have a summer BBQ and wellness event at the HELP Supportive Employment Center - Wards Island men's shelter. A total of 65 residents participated and most of the men did one or two health screenings as well as learned the value of healthy eating choices.
Case Manager Training Specialist Anisha Perez-Miller organized the event and said, "I can tell that the men felt like they were part of the CFH family. Today, I got so much feedback from both the staff and clients stating what a wonderful event it was. They are requesting another one which proves that we all provided a great service to the clients."
This success is being found with our Social Service teams throughout the city. Senior Case Manager Benny Rodriguez started a group at Bushwick Family Residence for father’s whom are struggling with homelessness, and because of how well it was received, it has been implemented as an ongoing group that will be held twice a month. At the Ali Forney Center, Clinical Coordinator Heather Garber held weekly groups on Behavior Modification and Co-morbid disorders that totaled 38 participants.
Over the course of June, Social Services saw a total of 181 homeless clients and have even more events planned for July. For more info on mental health services at CFH, click HERE.