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Congratulations to our Graduates!
We celebrated 11 graduates during our March Graduation ceremony!
This was a record year for St. John’s as this was the first time we had so many graduates graduating at once!
Congratulations to the 11 young men! They demonstrated true ability, character, and grit as they preserved through the challenges of last year to cross the finish line!
We were honored to have Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato join the ceremony and share a few words of encouragement and well wishes.
Congratulations graduates! You did it!
Thank you to Amazon for their generous holiday donation!
We are so grateful to Amazon for supporting St. John’s with a holiday donation of $10,000!
With their support, we can continue to provide the young men in our care with the essential programs and services they need to reach their best potential!
Thank you to the Rockaway Hotel and Imagine Swimming!
Thanks to a partnership with the Rockaway Hotel, young men in the Close to Home program were invited to participate in a four-week pilot swim program led by Imagine Swimming.
The program was initially scheduled to launch earlier this year but was delayed due to COVID. We were thrilled that the hotel wanted to move forward to support the local community and partner with our young people.
We are thankful for the opportunity to provide new experiences and skills to our young people, especially at a time when those opportunities are not readily available!
The Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy collaborated with St. John’s Residence for Boys through a program called Wild Year. Click here to read more:
St. John’s is closely monitoring COVID-19 and its impact and following guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and local health officials and authorities.
Fred Rogers famously said in an interview that his mother would tell him to “always look for the helpers” when a catastrophe occurred. “There will always be helpers,” he said, citing medical workers and others who come into a troubled situation. “Because if you look for the helpers, you’ll know there’s hope.”We have heard from many of you wishing to be a helper – thank you! In that spirit of looking for helpers, we are in need of helpers to help fill the resource gaps to maintain steady program delivery during these unprecedented and uncertain times You can help by:
- Donating online by clicking here.
- Being a leader in assisting St. John’s to find more helpers by sharing this link on your social media pages: tinyurl.com/s3wcmch
- Donating much-needed items like hand sanitizer and other health and hygiene products such as hand and body soap, body lotion, toothpaste, shampoo and condition, deodorant, etc. If you would like to help in this way, please email email@example.com to get more information and details.
St. John’s and Little Flower Children and Family Services of NY Affiliate
St. John’s and Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York (Little Flower) announced that they have entered into an affiliation agreement. Both organizations, each with a deep history and strong ties in their communities, will retain their independent identities and Boards but will be stronger together in an affiliated structure. This partnership will allow for increased collaboration as a means to continue the missions of each organization, to increase efficiency in the programs and services offered, and to broaden those services to a growing base in the communities they serve. St. John’s will have the ability to draw from Little Flower’s larger operational systems while the combined service footprint and services offered by the affiliated organizations will create a deeper and broader regional presence.
St. John’s in the News!
The Community Advisory Board meeting at the St. John’s Residence for Boys, Monday, Jan 13, 2020, was brief with a positive outlook for the new year. The meeting opened with the Executive Director of St. John’s, Jennifer Horsley, inviting Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy Chief Alex Zablocki to speak briefly on a new partnership that would bring more volunteer opportunities to residents of the St. John’s home. For more info https://www.rockawave.com/articles/sjh-community-advisory-board-meeting-shares-rockaway-parks-conservancy-colab/
Jennifer Horsley Appointed St. John’s Executive Director
A six-month trial-by-fire in dealing with several of the issues affecting St. John’s Residence for Boys (SJRB) has proven to be a rewarding endeavor for Jennifer Horsley, who was recently appointed as the facility’s permanent Executive Director. For more on this story see https://www.rockawave.com/articles/here-to-stay/