The members of the Engage Men’s Group kept themselves extremely busy this summer with a wide array of new and old programs. Following is a rundown of some of their activities.
Ongoing Tech Soup computer and mobile phone training for seniors takes place at two JASA sites, Club 76 Senior Center and Penn South NORC. The program may be expanded to other locations, including the Riverdale Y, this month. The program’s new scope also includes teaching basic Facebook skills, which was piloted through a session held on August 31 at Lincoln Square Synagogue.
At the JBFCS Ittleson Center, a residential treatment center for emotionally traumatized youth in the Bronx, the men got their exercise by participating in a sports program, spending several Sundays playing coed soccer, badminton, football, Frisbee, Wiffle ball, and basketball. They are working toward a continuing engagement program, called Engage Boosters, to stay in touch with Ittleson Center participants at times when they are not able to physically be there.
On Ward’s Island at the Manhattan Psychiatric Institute, the Engage men worked with residents over the summer to weed, set up, and maintain a vegetable garden. Future plans include cooking a meal with the resident chef using ingredients from the garden.
At Covenant House, whose mission is to help homeless kids escape the streets and provide loving care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked, and exploited youth, participants from the Men’s Group hope to participate in mock interview sessions and find other ways to contribute.
Several members of the Men's Group participated in a City Harvest Food Rescue from the Fancy Foods Show at Javits Center in June, helping to identify kosher food that was then brought to kosher food pantries around the city.
And finally, a repeat visit to a Staten Island Yankees game, this time during Jewish Heritage Night on August 18, was attended by 12 Men’s Group members and their guests.