EVENT: The Fresh Air Fund Executive Director, Jenny Morgenthau, and Lutheran Family Health Centers’ (LFHC) Senior Vice President of Community Based Programs, Kathy Hopkins, will host a “Fresh Air for Coney Island” joint event to register Coney Island children for free Fresh Air Fund summer experiences and to inform the community about LFHC’s Coney Island Connections’ program that provides counseling and assistance to residents in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy.
DATE: Thursday, April 24 at 5 p.m.
PLACE: PS 329 Surfside
2929 West 30th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11224
On April 24, The Fresh Air Fund, LFHC staff and community members will gather at P.S. 329, a Coney Island school heavily impacted by Super Storm Sandy in 2012. The Fresh Air Fund will kick-off efforts aimed at giving more children in Coney Island enriching Fresh Air experiences, free of charge. Fresh Air staff will provide program and registration information to families about their “Friendly Town” and “Sleep Away” Camp programs. Families are welcome and encouraged to register their children for The Fresh Air Fund at the event, as well as to speak with LFHC counselors about the Coney Island Connections’ program.
LFHC provided counseling services to Coney Island residents in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy with Project Hope and will continue to do so with Coney Island Connections. The program will work with residents to obtain public benefits assistance, childcare, early intervention services, mental health, Adult Education classes, job training programs, The Fresh Air Fund enrollment and much more. Coney Island Connections is funded through a Super Storm Block Grant and services are free and confidential. The “Fresh Air for Coney Island” event is the seventh annual registration and outreach event hosted by The Fresh Air Fund and Lutheran Family Health Centers. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information on Coney Island Connections, call Suzann Jacquez-Sanchez, LCSW, AVP of LFHC Community Based Programs at 718-630-4093.
THE FRESH AIR FUND, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. More than 9,000 New York City children enjoy free Fresh Air Fund programs annually. Each summer, over 4,000 children visit volunteer host families in rural, suburban and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada. 3,000 children also attend five Fresh Air camps in the summer on a 2,300-acre site in Fishkill, New York. Close to 2,000 young people participate in year-round educational programs at camp and in New York City. For more information about programs and/or registering, families can visit www.freshair.org or call 800-367-0003.
THE LUTHERAN FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS (LFHC), based in Sunset Park, is a federally qualified community-based ambulatory health care system affiliated with Lutheran HealthCare. LFHC is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home. Governed by the Lutheran Family Health Centers’ Board of Trustees, LFHC is one of the largest health center networks in the country serving as southwest Brooklyn's medical home for more than 45 years. With nine full-time community health centers, 29 school-based health centers and community programs, including three WIC programs, adult and family literacy programs, three child care centers and a family wellness center, the network is the primary medical provider for more than 100,000 people providing nearly 700,000 patient visits per year.