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CAMBA Connection July 2013

Cheer for the Cyclones and Support Our Clients at CAMBA's Night at the Ballpark


Next Thursday, August 8, come out to MCU Park in Coney Island for our third annual Night at the Ballpark.

Bring the family and join us for a fun evening with CAMBA staff and supporters. Watch the Brooklyn Cyclones and take in the cool breezes of Coney Island.

Tickets are available for our field boxes ($30/seat, including a Cyclones cap) or for a catered luxury suite ($175). Either way, you'll enjoy the game and support our services to 45,000 New Yorkers each year. Learn more and buy your tickets here.

See you at the game!


Playground Party! Flatbush Celebrates a Playground with a Day of Safe, Healthy Fun



"Our Kids. Their Park."

That was the message a couple of Saturdays ago, when almost 300 Flatbush residents came out for a party at their local playground.

CAMBA' Flatbush Promise Neighborhood Initiative (FPNI) organized the day---full of music, facepainting, Zumba, dancing and healthy refreshments---to remind the community what a playground is meant to be: a place for kids to have safe, healthy fun.

"The children loved it," said Marjorie Momplaisir-Ellis, CAMBA's Senior Program Director of FPNI. "And parents were asking if we could do this every single weekend."

Sitting next to P.S. 269, home of CAMBA's Beacon Community Center 269, the Nostrand Playground looks like it should always be full of children running, playing, sliding and climbing. But this isn't the case; the playground has become a haven for adults struggling with alcohol and drug abuse.

"Parents have been reluctant to let their children go out in the playground because they feel it isn't safe," said Momplaisir-Ellis.

The party was funded by a Community Transformation Grant from the Fund for Public Health in New York. Through the grant, CAMBA and community groups are working to turn the playground back into a vibrant community resource where children from the school and the surrounding neighborhood can come to engage in healthy physical activity.

"This party was to educate people," said Momplaisir-Ellis. "The message got out there."


Vote for 97 Crooke Avenue in National Magazine Contest



We are proud to announce that CAMBA Housing Ventures' 97 Crooke Avenue is a finalist for the Affordable Housing Finance 2013 Readers' Choice Award.
97 Crooke Avenue is a state-of-the-art affordable and supportive building in Flatbush that empowers people in need and helps them achieve independence. And now our worthy building needs your vote to go all the way and win the national award.

Here's how to vote:

1. Go to the Readers' Choice Awards voting page.

2. Fill out your name and the other required fields and...

3. Vote for 97 Crooke Ave. in two categories: Special Needs Development and Best Overall Development.
It's as simple as that... but to make it even easier, here's a diagram showing just what to do:


Now go vote and bring 97 Crooke the national recognition it deserves.Voting ends August 16.


Employee Profile: Rosmery Potes

Family Support Worker, Healthy Families Home Visiting Program


What’s your role at CAMBA and how long have you worked here (include any past positions)?
I have been with CAMBA for three years. I am a Family Support Worker for the Healthy Families Home Visiting Program, which offers home visitation services and family support to expectant families and newly parenting families, beginning prenatally or shortly after the birth of the child. We provide in-home services to our families until the child is in school or in Head Start. The goal of our program is to ensure the safety of the children while supporting families through education and child development and by promoting self-sufficiency.
Where did you grow up and how long have you lived in NYC?
I was born in The Dominican Republic and have been living in New York City for the past 26 years.

Talk a little about your day-to-day at work---how do you spend your time?
My day typically begins in the office preparing for my home visits. During my home visits, I focus on providing families education on parenting and child development. My work also includes connecting families with medical providers for prenatal/well-baby visits and immunizations; assessing children for development delays; and helping families access community referral resources and services.

What part of your job do you find most rewarding?
The most rewarding part of my job is seeing our families transform their lives through change, achieving one goal at a time. I have always loved helping people and being able to do what I love is rewarding in itself.

Tell about a memorable work-related experience you’ve had.
There are so many experiences, it is difficult to choose one. But one that I truly enjoyed, and that touched me personally, was our last Christmas party for our families. I was truly impressed by how many families dressed in their Sunday best to come and take pictures with their support worker, Santa Claus and our decorations.

How has your work changed the rest of your life? (Do you have a different perspective outside of work? Do you treat people differently?)
Every day, as I witness how much some of the families can accomplish with so little resources and support, it inspires and motives me in my own personal journey.

What other profession have you always wanted to try (or what do you plan to do in the future)?
As a young girl I wanted to be a hairdresser, but I shifted my interest to criminal justice as a teenager. In the future I hope to get my degree in child psychology and continue my work with children and families.  
What is your favorite spot or thing to do in New York City?
I don’t have a favorite spot in New York City, but I do enjoy spending time at the beach with my family during the summer.
If an actor/actress were to play you in a movie, who would it be and why?
I would be honored to have Oprah Winfrey play me, simply because I admire her strength.

What one thing would you like colleagues to know about you that they probably don’t already know?
I have been fortunate enough to work with an amazing team and we share a lot together. One life experience I don’t believe I’ve shared with everyone was my experience as child as a participant in a home visiting program on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where I grew up. I have fond memories of our home visitor, who helped my mom and my family through some difficult times.

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