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RYAN OUTREACH BOARD PRES. JOE GIBBONS' REPORT: Summer Camp!

Here is what Joe talked about in his letter to supporters, friends, families of our Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center Summer Camp: 

Friends, 

Thank you for all your advice, suggestions and referrals in response to my email regarding the bus situation.   Following up on your contacts, we received multiple bids and selected We Transport for camp busing this year; the owner became personally involved, gave us a great rate and his management team has been very accommodating.   The cost is a little more than budgeted but worth the dependable, no hassle, professional service.  The campers have been going to the pools and having a fun time.

We are three weeks in and Summer Camp is going great! We are at capacity but will always take the special cases like homeless and shelter children; these are the children we want, so we can care for them.  I will provide our homeless and shelter children stats in a few weeks.

A nice twist this year is our “Thursday is Fruitday”. We now purchase quality fruit from the Greenfield family-owned ShopRite store in Morton Village, Plainview, and have received donations from the UFCW Union Local 338 and Local RWDSU (RETAIL, WHOLESALE & DEPARTMENT STORE UNION) to help cover the cost.  It is great to be able to give each camper fresh whole fruit as they leave for the day. 

Naycha has the camp humming: a typical day includes breakfast, two hours of educational enrichment (i.e. reading, writing, math, science, social studies), arts/crafts, math, reading games and book reading. We serve a quality lunch then go outside to the parking lot where they play basketball, soccer, jump rope, hop scotch and other games.  We also serve a good snack in the afternoon. 

For some of the homeless children, this is their last meal of the day so we discreetly give them leftover food as they leave for the day, or other food sometimes at our own expense. 

Other planned activities for the six weeks of camp include: trips to the North Lindenhurst Pool (twice a week), a movie (Despicable Me 3), a Carnival in the parking lot, White Post Farms and Roller Skating for the younger campers and for the older children, a day trip to Cedar Beach Marina and a boat day (marine biology) trip. We also host a SJB basketball clinic, crazy hat day, mismatch sock day, and Bring-a-poem in your pocket day.   

We are taking the thirteen 4th grade girls for an ArtSea session; this is an art studio where they will paint a picture and take it home, check out what they do:  https://www.artseastudios.com/

Thank you for the support.  Our Wyandanch children, who you support, can just be children for six weeks and are having a blast. 

Sincere Regards,     Joe

Ryan Outreach Staff Help Get the Ball Rolling! PAL Soccer Clinic for Kids Off to a Great Start

FROM THE DESK OF JOE GIBBONS (Ryan Outreach Board President)  -- May 19th / Reporting after the 2nd of 8 scheduled clinic Mondays. 

The Police Officers of the First Precinct, the Police Athletic League, some St John the Baptist DHS coaches, the TOB parks team, Councilman and Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, the Outreach Center, and a few local Wyandanch parents are using focused, community-building actions to help bridge the gap between local law enforcement and Wyandanch youth. 

It's gratifying to see 75+ children and their parents come to Wyandanch Park in their blue PAL tee shirts ready to work on developmental soccer skills, and then play some games. In the 2nd week, parents were seen walking the field perimeter for exercise and socializing in the bleachers.

It's also great to see our local Police Officers running this clinic, and getting to know the names of these 3rd to 8th grade "futbol" players. We saw a lot of handshakes and smiles out on the field. 

By this second session, children were getting to know Officer Liz, Officer Jeff, Officer Christine, and Officer Patricia by name. Officer Jeff walks the field and makes sure everyone is hydrated and interacting positively with the players, especially with encouraging words like "great job, or great kick" "way to be!" and so on. 

Officer Liz, Officer Patricia, and Officer Christine welcome every child and parent that come through the gate and make sure they have a shirt and are ready to play. Some children need sneakers and Officer Patricia has a few new pairs to give out.  We expect to have 100 children at our next clinic. 

 

NEW BISHOP JOHN BARRES VISITS THE RYAN OUTREACH / MARCH 25TH

Our new Bishop in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, John O. Barres, came to be the celebrant of the 9:30am mass at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Tuesday, March 25th. 

Afterwards, he visited the Gerald J. Ryan Outreach and was given the "grand tour" by Joe, Noelle Naycha and others. 

Here's how the story was reported in the Long Island Catholic in the last week of March:

http://licatholic.org/bishop-barres-welcomed-by-wyandanch-parish/

 

OLMM AND PASTOR BILL BRISOTTI FEATURED IN NATIONAL PUBLICATION

SISTER CAMILEE D'ARIENZO'S INTERVIEW WITH FR. BILL WAS PUBLISHED JULY 5th.

Bill, during the past 42 years, you have lived and labored in Wyandanch, reputedly one of the most economically challenged areas on Long Island. How did this assignment come about?

I came here in January 1974 as an associate until March 1983. At that point I moved over to Casa de la Paz, a new Catholic Worker community house, also in Wyandanch. I had asked Bishop McGann for permission to do this, and had the approval of the pastor, Fr. Andy Connolly, to live with the new CW community and promote its work in Wyandanch and continue serving as a curate in the parish. Bishop McGann refused my request and sent me a letter suspending me from priestly ministry. Another priest was sent to replace me at the parish.

That must have been a hard blow. What did you do?

I used the next three years to get increasingly more involved with the undocumented immigrants and spending significant time in Central America, the source of most of these immigrants, helping promote the visiting of many U.S. citizens to learn about the troubles causing this tremendous migration of people, and to promote the value of the 'accompaniment presence' to help ensure some bit of security for the people. I worked as a volunteer with the program of refugios for the displaced in the San Salvador archdiocese in El Salvador, living in one of the camps for several months.

PLEASE VISIT THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER FOR REST OF THIS INTERVIEW: http://bit.ly/2ahcNgq

 

Ryan Outreach Golf Outing a Day to Remember: May 25th

TIMBER POINT GOLF CLUB / GREAT RIVER, N.Y.

The rumor going around on May 25th was that Father Bill Brisotti was in charge of the weather. And having conscientiously served the OLMM parish and Wyandanch community for the past 40 years - Fr. Bill's prayers were answered from "on high" with a day of perfect golf weather!  There was brilliant sunshine, 85 degrees temps, and a cool ocean breeze--making any humidity a non-factor. It was the best possible weather, in fact.

View more photos of the Ryan Outreach Summer Camp Golf Outing, here: MEDIA GALLERY

Board of Trustees President Joe Gibbons commented:   "I would like to personally thank everyone who generously supported the golf outing and dinner for the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center. I've been to many golf outings in the past, but have never seen this level of attendance post-golf. It was gratifying to see so many people staying on for the entire night.  Once again, this reflects the high-caliber people and families we are so lucky to have leading the way in support of the Outreach Center. You are all part of who we are and what we do and I am very thankful for that!" 

All 80 golfing slots (20 foursomes) were sold out in advance. There were 142 dinner guests, including golfers, Outreach friends, supporters, and sponsors. 

Jim H's three-piece slow jazz band was a big hit--and since then, people have been inquiring about where & when they can see the troupe perform again! Andy Carracino, the Timber Point pro and his staff were more than helpful, and complimented us on what a great group of people we had.  

KEYNOTE:    The outing accomplished its goal of generating sufficient funds to extend the Ryan Outreach Summer Camp by an additional week, which now allows us to care for and feed the homeless and shelter children for one more week of the summer. 

We also raised enough to fund our After School Program, which provides a full meal daily for each child, as well as homework help, in a safe and caring environment for Wyandanch children during the school year (ending in May).  

CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL PDF LIST OF OUR SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS. 

WITHOUT GENEROUS SPONSORS LIKE THESE.....THERE WOULD BE NO SUMMER CAMP FOR OUR LOCAL KIDS! WE CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH.

We are happy to extend an open invitation to you, your family and your friends to visit us at the Outreach Center at any time. You'll be able to see firsthand, or participate in, activities such as the Summer Camp, the Back to School Program, the After School Program, the Thanksgiving and Christmas distribution, the food and clothing pantry, or the Tuesday night Homeless Shelter. 

Special thanks to St John the Baptist DHS and Temple Beth Torah for their ongoing support of the Outreach Center and their frequent and continuing participation in many of our events and campaigns.

Special recognition and kudos also are in order for Noelle Campbell, and her Outreach staff: Naycha Florival, Ivonne Tararas, and Myrna Salmeron for stepping out of their comfort zones and working tirelessly to make the golf outing & dinner a sure success. Just imagine the challenge of working hard for long hours with women and children in crisis all day.....and then having to worry if there are enough golf towels on hand at the outing! 

EPILOGUE:   The 50/50 raffle was won by a woman who had once been an outreach center client, and who had lived in a shelter. After crisis management by the outreach staff and her own hard work and determination, she now works full time and lives in a modest apartment in West Babylon. After she learned that she won the $2,500 prize, she said that she tithes at church and wanted to give back 10 percent. But Ryan Outreach staffers apparently told her:  "Absolutely not! You keep it all--and enjoy your windfall!" 

OLMM PASTOR WILLIAM BRISOTTI RECEIVES SPECIAL AWARD FROM ST. JOSEPH'S COLLEGE

Named after the College’s motto, Esse Non Videri: “To be, not to seem,” the Sister Elizabeth Hill Esse Non Videri Non-Violence Award is presented annually to individuals who exemplify compassion, social engagement and spirituality in the pursuit of social justice and peace. Recipients are chosen for their commitment to a nonviolent way of life and efforts toward bringing about peace, perhaps in an individual or personal situation, or to the wider community or world. 

[click on press release image to read full story @ St. Joseph's website]