Skip to main content

Approaching a New Normal in Red Hook

Military vehicles have become a familiar sight in Red Hook during the past week
There was a spectacular outpouring of volunteer support in Red Hook over the weekend (including a celebrity or two), but Monday saw many volunteers taking the newly up and running subways back to work. Monday also marked the first time since the storm that all of the Red Hook Community Justice Center's staff and AmeriCorps volunteers who were able made it back to the Hook from far flung locations throughout the tri-state area, to check in with each other and on the Justice Center, as well as do a staff service day in the neighborhood.

As the neighborhood comes to grips with the grim reality of entering a second week largely without electricity, heat, or water, everyone is beginning to approach a new normal. FEMA and the National Guard have become a consistent presence in Coffey Park, continuing to efficiently hand out food and water, as well as blankets, baby care products, toiletries, flashlights, and other much-needed supplies. The orange t-shirts of volunteers from the Mayor's Office and the yellow and blue sweatshirts of the New York Juvenile Justice Corps have also become a welcome and recognizable sight. Community organizations such as the Red Hook Initiative and Visitation Church have been running their donation collection and volunteer organization efforts like a well-oiled machine (but they still need volunteers--check us out on facebook and twitter for the most up-to-date needs). Local elected officials have been stopping by, lending their staff to volunteer, and mobilizing support through social media, including City Council Members Sara Gonzalez and Brad Lander.



Scenes from the relief effort in Red Hook on Monday

The Justice Center is also starting to pick up the pieces and resume operations where we can. The 76th Precinct and Good Shepherd Services will soon be hosting our Youth Court and other youth programs while we rebuild, and Kentler International Drawing Space, located on hard-hit Van Brunt Street, will host our JustArts Drawing Program. Staff have been keeping our social media efforts--including our blogfacebook and twitter--up and running as a resource for residents and outside volunteers to find out up-to-date information on resources and needs in the neighborhood. Staff even used Coffey Park as a mobile office:

Justice Center Deputy Director Jessica Colon
works from her mobile office in the middle of Coffey Park.
The Red Hook Clinic Never Sleeps: Clinical Director Jessica Kay speaks to a client in the park.
Please stay tuned as we continue to work towards the recovery, rebuilding, and renewal of the Justice Center and greater Red Hook. Photos and quotes from our staff's volunteering efforts have appeared in publications all over the world, from right here in New York, to Washington, Florida, and Pennsylvania, and as far away as Guatemala, Finland, and Russia, but the best place to get the most recent updates continues to be here, on facebook, or on twitter.

Comments

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Summer College Trip 2016

Every summer the office of Youth and Community programs takes our youth program participants on an annual college trip. We like to explore different colleges  and university's including in places like New Jersey, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.

Last week students from our Just Works Summer Internship Program, which aims to connect teens and young adults to professional development opportunities teamed up with our Youth Court and a few of our Red Hook Community Resilience Corps members. Together they headed out with staff to Connecticut to visit and tour the University of Connecticut and the College of New Rochelle.
     It was a great day, especially to get out of the city and expose our youth to different campuses, dorm life and educational opportunities out there!  
We look forward to next year! #GOREDHOOK










Red Hook Youth Court Spring Recognition and Induction Ceremony

On June 16th, 2015 the Red Hook Youth Court opened its doors to family, friends, guest and staff for our Spring Recognition and Induction Ceremony where we acknowledged our members for their hard work and dedication. Honorable Judge, Alex Calabrese was the Key Note speaker of the ceremony. He is a huge supporter of the Red Hook Youth Court and truly believes in the mission of the program. We had a full house, with laughs, smiles and hugs!

10 members are moving on to other endeavors, in which 4 of those 10 are graduating seniors from High School who will be starting college this Fall. 10 Members will be staying on to serve as mentors and 10 newly inducted youth court members who were sworn in by Sergeant William Bauman, of the Unified Court System will all be sitting on the Youth Court and beginning their journey this Summer. Additionally, Jamilah Daniels and Ann Doc, graduating members from Youth Court and High School wrote speeches on their experiences within the program, the gratitu…

A Day of Service!

Today, July 10th our JustWorks: Summer Internship Participants teamed up with the Justice Center's Neighborhood Restitution Crew and the Community Service Supervisors to help with a project at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church. The church's gate spans about  three blocks and is extremely rusted and has chipped paint. Our project today was the scrape away the loose paint in order to prep it for a new coat of paint in a few weeks. It is a large job but we were out and ready to work!


It was a beautiful day and our interns wore their Justice Center shirts proudly and cheered each other along. The Father of the church was extremely  grateful and even people passing and driving by were cheering us on and thanking us as well. Projects like this are a good way to give back to the community through teamwork. It is the first of many projects we are working on with the church to help repair and beautify it. It was a great first service day for the internship program!  Thank you to Derek a…