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A Trip to the Zoo

A Trip to the Zoo

Our Child Care Center takes the learning outside again with a summer trip to the Prospect Park Zoo! With name tags gleaming on their chests, maps spread wide, their mothers in tow, and the sun slowly emerging from the clouds, the kids explored the various exhibits gasping and pointing at the many unfamiliar creatures. With the free roaming peacocks, sea lions racing through the water for treats, and monkeys dangling from branches, the Prospect Park Zoo served as the perfect classroom for the children to learn about many different types of animals and fish.  It's with many fun times and adventures had that we welcome the weekend, Happy Friday!

 

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Hope Stories: Aniana

Hope Stories: Aniana

We are so happy and excited for Aniana as she and her daughter move in to their own apartment! Aniana came to Providence House with her daughter fleeing domestic violence. While at Providence House she worked as a home health aid while also working tirelessly with our housing specialist, Natasha. With time and diligence, Aniana made incredible progress, making her dreams of a bright future, finally her reality! As Aniana and her daughter settle into their home, they can now harness their relentless spirit of perseverance and dedication in their new chapter of life.

Aniana and her 2 year old daughter 

Aniana and her 2 year old daughter 

Hope Stories: Jessica

Hope Stories: Jessica

Jessica came to our residence after leaving an abusive relationship two years ago. Finding a supportive community at Providence House, she quickly made progress toward independence. A mother of two, Jessica managed to save money diligently. She even managed to keep the same job during her bout of homelessness! This month, Jessica and her children have moved into an apartment in a safe neighborhood, with excellent transportation to her job. Though missed by the many who came to know her well, we’re so proud and happy of her accomplishments!

Summer Gardening

Summer Gardening

Today, the Providence House Child Care Center took the fun outdoors with some gardening! With help from our child care teacher Lynisha, the children gathered their tools and got right to work. 

Learning through the action itself, they filled the dirt plots with flowers and a variety of vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. Amid laughter and squeals of excitement, the soil was turned with sturdy plastic spoons and plots gradually filled to an abundance. Another day of laughing, learning, and growing for our little ones at the Child Care Center!

Mommy & Me Music Workshop

Mommy & Me Music Workshop

Our moms and their kids had a great time bonding in a music workshop held at the Providence House Child Care Center. The workshop was created with an attention to sound as a mode of expression, encouraging our kids and moms to make some noise! The children worked together to make their very own musical instruments, and explored movement, rhythm, and pitch through dance, song, and a variety of engaging games. Through the music, crafts, and play there was laughter and quality time well spent for our families.

Hope Stories: Benedicta

Hope Stories: Benedicta

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Benedicta grew up an orphan in Nigeria and came to the United States in search of a better life only to find herself on someone else’s floor month after month. Soon after, Benedicta became pregnant. Still unable to support herself she became depressed at the prospect of raising a child without a stable home. “When I came to this country I thought I messed up. But sometimes disappointments are blessings in disguise,” she said as looked lovingly at her three-month-old daughter, Lakisha.

Benedicta’s healthcare provider referred her to New York City’s Department of Homeless Services, which directed her to Providence House. Benedicta grew close with Natasha, our Housing Specialist, as well as core community members Sister Mary Walsh, Sister Theresa Scanlon, and Sister Joan Gallagher. She quickly formed an especially close bond with Debbie Farrell, the Residence Manager. “Miss Debbie has been so wonderful because she is like a mother to me,” she said. “She is calming and she advises me to carry on no matter what.”
Debbie helped Benedicta through a very painful pregnancy due to a health complication. “She was in a lot of pain and you could see that but she was always pleasant, always a pleasure to be with,” Debbie said. “She mentors the other young women here and she is also working with our volunteer GED tutor, Melissa, so she can get her high school diploma.”

Despite difficulties in Benedicta’s past, she had only relentless enthusiasm and gratitude about her stay at Providence House and hope for the future. “Providence House is a wonderful place. It is a place of hope and I can never believe that I live in a shelter because I always have it in my heart that I live with my family,” she said. “The sisters and everyone else – they are pushing you to be someone in life and I am so thankful to them for standing by me,” she added tearfully.

Hope Stories: Shernice

Hope Stories: Shernice

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After going through a few short-term shelters, Shernice and her two-year-old son arrived at Providence House where she finally found the chance to heal, stabilize her life and make a plan to live more self-sufficiently. With the support from Tonisya, our Residence Manager, and others on the Providence House team, Shernice began to rebuild her life, pushing herself to stay motivated and positive.

“Miss T is like a mother figure to me…she is always giving me advice,” she said. “She will always motivate me and remind me that things often get more difficult before they get better.”

Our Job Developer, Robin, worked diligently with Shernice to help her find a job, searching for opportunities in the food industry in which Shernice had past work experience. Robin even accompanied her on job hunting outings. All of Shernice’s hard work and determination paid off when she was hired on the day of the interview at an upscale bakery in Manhattan. “This place is so great. It’s a blessing that fell right into my hands because they wanted somebody in the morning and those are the hours that I can have my son in school so it was just a perfect opportunity,” she said. “This June marked my one-year work anniversary…I love my job.”

In addition to celebrating her one-year employment milestone, Shernice also looks forward to another significant event this summer: moving into her own apartment in August. “I’m being responsible because whatever I do now has an effect on my son,” she continued. “I’m just trying to fix every mistake I made as a young adult so it’s time to do everything I need to do and Providence House is that stepping stone for a lot of women.”