WHO WE ARE
The Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center is a not-for-profit organization serving Wyandanch and surrounding communities. Our dedicated staff, volunteers and donors believe that we must follow God’s call to meet the needs of others – one individual at a time. It is our challenge and commitment to live out the words of Bishop Gerald Ryan for whom our center is named.
WHAT WE DO*
Our Outreach Center transforms the lives of families, individuals and children who are struggling to break the cycle of poverty. We do this by providing food, clothing, education and employment opportunities, hope and compassion for those in crisis.
* the asterisks mean...a timely and important message! it's all about holiday season planning, beginning with thanksgiving preparations...then christmas time action. help is needed and there are abundant 'good samaritan' volunteer opportunities to learn about. just click link below and read...then give us a call! or just show up!
JOE GIBBONS' END OF SUMMER REVIEW -- STARTS HERE AND CONTINUES IN OUR "NEWS" SECTION
joe gibbons update & summer action review here....[penned september 19th]
With a successful Summer Camp and Back-to-School Backpack Program behind us, the Outreach Center staff is now preparing for our Tuesday Night Homeless Shelter, Safe Halloween party and the Thanksgiving and Christmas distributions.
A Few Summer Camp Highlights
We tried to do more this year and broaden the educational experience for the children:
· ArtSea Studio: Kim and Barbara Hirten hosted 15 fifth-grade girls at their art studio in Babylon and the girls all painted pictur which they very proud of; this was a great new experience for the girls and were all very excited to take their paintings home. One girl who is a shelter child asked me to hold her ainting until they got a oom. I said sure. This will be the start of her art collection.
· Boat trip on-board the Bay Princess II out of the Captree Boat Basin: Lenora Daniel, Education Director Sport Fishing Education Center located at Cedar Beach responded to a grant from "The Fisherman" (A Long Island fishing magazine) and charted the Bay Princess II for 50 campers.
Each child caught at least two fish (sea robins and fluke shorts) and four campers caught huge flukes that the mates filleted for them to take home. enora gets it and really loves the campers. The boat and fishing was a first for most of the campers - we had a perfect,perfect day. This is the second year that Lenora has invited the campers down to the Sport Fishing Educational Center.