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Programs and special events such as Cause Wash (car wash discounts), Amazon Smile, One World Goods (fair trade gifts), Wednesday Women’s Golf Leagues, and United Way’s ROC the Day all provide excitement and support for St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center. Next up? Wine Therapy for a Cause is hosting a Bubble Party to benefit St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center on Tuesday evening, January 16th from 6:00 – 9:00 at Via Girasole Wine Bar 3 Schoen Place, Pittsford. There will be live music, a bubble machine, silent auction/raffle and a coloring contest with prizes. Each guest will get a glass of bubbly, fun light up eyeglasses and a hand painted champagne flute. Tickets are $25 – available at the Wine Therapy for a Cause Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/events/2099455600340688/
The New Year, 2018, will be “The Year of the Healthy Heart” at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center. As Michael Brennan, Clinical Coordinator, recently shared in a newsletter with medical providers, “We have dedicated the coming year to improving our patients’ cardiac health and decreasing their risk factor for ASCVD [hardening and narrowing of the arteries, heart attacks, strokes and peripheral vascular disease] by following new guidelines and focusing on lifestyle changes: smoking cessation, diet and exercise, patient centered health care.”
We’ll have educational bulletin boards, in-services, hand-outs, and data reports from our electronic medical recordkeeping system, as we do our best for our patients. Pictured below, pharmacists Karlee Platts and Anne Krasniak designed and assembled the Year-of-the-Healthy-Heart bulletin board in our medical office. Here’s to your healthy heart!
We are privileged to participate in a community-wide effort to address structural and institutional racism, at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center and in all of our communities. We support the vision and value of diversity, racial equity and inclusion. This is not our only area of focus but in supporting access to health care and good health, but it is important to the health of the community. We ask you to join us in creating a wide open tent with a sheltering place for all.
Remember the young guy who recently organized a team to build new shelves and level part of our old, old basement at the Neighborhood Center? He’s at it again! Jake LaDue organized a contest at the Harley School, challenging students by grade levels to bring in personal hygiene supplies, sample size soap, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, etc. Who was the winner? We all are winners; he brought us 4 big boxes filled with needed items for our neighbors and community members!
Each year, the members of St. Mary's Church select five organizations to receive gifts from their giving tree. This year, as in many past years, St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center was the grateful recipient of a carload of office supplies, pantry items for the Center and gas cards, bus passes and Wegmans gift cards to support our patients and clients. If health is a community effort, our dear friends at St. Mary's lead the way. Pictured are volunteers Kathy and Jody. The greeted us and helped fill our van with goodies. We are grateful!
This young man collected personal hygiene supplies for our community members... instead of receiving birthday gifts! His bright smile and generous spirit had us all talking for days!
Murrays Create Magic
Introducing the Murray family (without Dad Mike). Linda is the mom, the kids are Joseph, Sarah and Elly. They assembled personal hygiene kits for distribution, just a few weeks ago. Each Friday community members stop by to pick up toothpaste, shampoo, lotion and other necessities, a small gift of hotel sized amenities to make life a little bit easier. That week, thanks to the Murrays, there was an excellent supply and kits were decorated with creative artwork!
Linda Iekel was working here for a year as a volunteer and Mike started volunteering that year. Things got serious and now there are five Murrays. Magic can happen at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center. Thank for your magic, Murray family!
21st Annual Breakfast Celebration is Sweet & Delicious
Volunteers from the Women’s Club of Pittsford and Zonta International rose with the roosters on Saturday, October 28th to set tables, serve breakfast and greet the community on behalf of the Neighborhood Center. The 21st Annual Fall Breakfast at The Clover Center raised $2000 for the health care programs of St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center. Board and staff members of the Neighborhood Center pitched in and an abundant baked goods sale contributed to the excellent results.
Recently, we hosted a wonderful effort sponsored and organized by volunteers from Our Hearts to Your Soles. Nearly 100 gentlemen, who had signed up in advance, received a pair of boots and some warm socks. Volunteers Dan Sherwood, David Cardillo, Lisa Nobles, RPAC, Luke Loveys MD, Judy Baumhauer MD, Emma Baumhauer and Sophia Davis DO, joined Center staff to make magic happen. In the last decade, Our Hearts to Your Soles has expanded to over 38 locations and has provided socks and shoes to more than 40,000 people.
Abundant quantities of socks allowed us to share 75 pairs at a giving depot: Supporting our Refugee Neighbors, and another 70 pairs were delivered to the Ibero American Action League. They are coordinating assistance and welcome for the hundreds of guests here in Rochester from Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria.