Christal Montage (left), VIP’s Chief Program Officer of Substance Abuse and Social Services shares a moment with OASAS Commissioner Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez at the 2018 NYS Recovery Conference. The theme of this year’s conference was “The Journey to Recovery Wellness: Home, Health, Community and Practice.”
The Staff Picnic was a great success. We had 3 raffle winners for the Boat Cruise. Poster boards were created by each department describing their programs in a fun way. Other gifts were raffled as well. Games and activities took place, and a delicious lunch was had by all. It was a beautiful sunny day at Tremont Park for VIP.
VIP Community Services participates in a “National Night Out” to honor and serve the Bronx community. This annual event promotes community and police partnership and was particularly emotional because it highlighted the loss of local teenager Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, who was brutally killed at the hands of the alleged Trinatarios gang. Mayor Bill deBlasio and the NY Police Commissioner
In association with: Councilman Ritchie Torres, 48 Pct. Community Council Phipps Neighborhoods, and VIP Community Services
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 | 4pm–8pm
187th Street (Between Arthur Avenue & Belmont)
VIP Community Services and the New York Police Department (NYPD) are working together as community partners for National Night Out, a nationwide effort to partner law enforcement and the communities they serve in a positive way. The NYPD coordinates in each borough through their local precinct for the event. Our precinct is #48 in Bronx County. Each year, this event is held on a different street or area within each precinct, and this year’s event will be held at 187 & 188 Street & Hughes Avenue.
VIP Community Services and other community-based organizations will be displaying information about their many programs. It’s a fun event with police manning booths and playing games with the children, pony rides, hot dogs, burgers, ices, ice cream, and popcorn (carnival style) at no cost to the community.
For more information contact:
48th Pct. Community Council – Aida Haddock | 917-642-0197
Between Arthur & East Tremonth Avenue
Friday, August 10, 2018 | 11am–4pm
Be prepared to enjoy yourself at the VIP Staff Picnic!
Food | Games | Raffle | Music
Transportation provided by VIP
Bring your beach chairs, bug repellants, blankets, etc.
Rain date: Thursday, August 24, 2018 | 11am–4pm
It was a hot summer day in the Bronx at Tremont Park. There were many children at the park enjoying the weather with friends and family. The Story Hour with our Director of Health & Wellness was well attended by the children under a cool tent. A clown created fun things with the children, including making animal balloons and creating funny faces for the children with face painting.
The Bronx continues to experience disparities in pediatric health care. For example, children in the Bronx are 3.5 times more likely to be hospitalized for asthma than children in the other boroughs. Correspondingly, when factored by race and ethnicity, the disparities are even more shocking. Statistics released by the Citizen’s Committee for Children of New York, Inc., in 2017, showed that over 40% of the children in the Bronx live below 100% of the federal poverty guideline.
With these striking statistics in mind, VIP will be providing comprehensive services to children from birth to 18 years old. We understand children are our future!
The Community Resource Fair held on Saturday, June 16, 2018, in the parking lot at 716 Fairmount & 1870 Crotona Avenue, was a collaborative partnership with our local school CS44, VIP Community Services, CBO Phipps Neighborhoods, NYC Community Planning Board #6, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, and Parent Teacher’s Association. Resources were available for the community such as New York Public Library, DC 37-Voter Registration, Health Services, Narcan Training, Rain Senior Services, and many other community-based organizations. The event was also attended by Assemblyman Michael Blake from our 79th District and Senator Gustavo Rivera from the 33rd Senate District. Our CEO Debbian Fletcher-Blake greeted the participants.
Grand Opening for Pediatrics was held on June 20, 2018. We are very excited about the opening of this unit of health and wellness services for children. It is a vital part of healthcare in our community. A Health Fair has been scheduled for June 28, 2018, from 4pm to 7pm at Tremont Park.
VIP Community Services conducted voter registration at our Meet & Greet and successfully registered potential new voters.
Health screenings and Narcan trainings were held. Primary care, wellness, and 24-hour access to care information was distributed to the community at large. Great community event!