A DAY AT EDENWALD: JCCA CEO Ronald E. Richter spends afternoon with inspiring youth
Recently JCCA’s CEO Ronald E. Richter visited some of the boys living at our Edenwald Center on our beautiful campus in Westchester. The pool is open, the kids are spending lots of time outdoors and Ron wanted to hear from our clients and our staff.
Edenwald serves children with emotional difficulties, as well intellectual challenges, autism and other developmental disorders. They live in homelike cottages with specially tailored, highly supportive programs that help our young people learn daily living skills such as how to socialize and interact with peers, teachers and adults.
Here’s what Ron said about his visit:
“I had a wonderful time getting to know some of the boys at Edenwald. They are sweet kids (11-13 years old) with warmth and senses of humor. They really appreciate positive attention.
They were totally motivating. You can see from the photos that we had fun. Talk about resilience and brightness! They are a smart, charming, engaging group. It was touching to see that each young person was eager to support the other, helping them finish each other's sentences, as they answered my barrage of questions about their birthdays, their favorite foods and best field trips. They all love basketball and, eventually, they got me to shoot a few hoops. Like I said, they are a motivating group! Then we shared ice cream and some laughs. I can see that our residents are benefitting from our warm, homelike environment and our wonderful staff. I was touched by the staff’s knowledge of each boy’s unique needs and specific challenges, and how they used a “strengths based” approach, encouraging kids when they did well, no matter how small the achievement."
The boys echoed his feelings about the visit. They said, “Mr. Richter you are so cool. Next time come with sneakers so we can all play ball.”
Adds Traci Iorio, Resident Supervisor, “I enjoyed seeing how he took time to get to know each individual. We hope Mr. Richter can come again soon.”
bukharian teen lounge: Sonya's internship with Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi's office
Sonya, a personable and vivacious 16-year-old who is a participant in JCCA’s Bukharian Teen Lounge, an afterschool program helping immigrant teens integrate into American life while retaining their rich cultural heritage, hadn’t expected to have a summer internship in a government office. But life had other plans for her, and since she wanted experience working with community issues, she was eagerly recruited by the office of NY State Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, who has represented the district since 2005. “Assemblymen Hevesi’s office has consistently provided excellent opportunities for many interns who have learned about how the democratic process really works. For some of them, it has been a gateway to a new career,” says Manashe Khaimov, Director, Bukharian Youth Services.
“We’ve had interns from the Bukharian Teen Lounge for the past three years and they have all been exceptional,” says Lauren Capozzi, Hevesi Chief of Staff. Asked why Sonya was hired, Ms. Capozzi explains, “Sonya carried herself so well, had a very professional resume, and has such a great smile! She has proven herself smart and resourceful—we would definitely have her back.”
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Jewish Child Care Association is a comprehensive child and family services agency. We work with those who need us most, including children who have been neglected or abused, immigrant Jewish families, and those building new lives. Most of our clients come to us because they struggle with poverty or family crises, and because they are working to create an independent future. JCCA helps more than 16,000 children and families every year and is consistently rated at the highest levels for the quality of our programs. In all our work, we are motivated by tikkun olam, the value within Jewish tradition that calls upon all of us to repair the world, and by our belief that every child deserves to grow up hopeful.
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