El Centro del Inmigrante
Project Hospitality is the lead agency in a collaborative effort with the Latino Civic Association and St. Mary's of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church to serve the undocumented immigrant community in Port Richmond, Staten Island. The program is located on Castleton Ave. in Port Richmond and operates as a multi-service storefront center called El Centro del Inmigrante. The center currently provides workshops on immigration and immigrant rights, health education, and labor law, and operates a job center, women's group to coordinate housecleaning services, and food pantry, and provides free meals.
Community Outreach and Education
We will gladly come speak with your congregation, school, or community group. Topics can include the mission and work of Project Hospitality, but can also focus more specifically on issues such as homelessness, hunger, HIV/AIDS, addiction, housing, poverty, volunteering, etc. In addition to staff speakers, Project Hospitality can arrange for peer educators with firsthand experience with these issues, to address your group. Literature, videos, and table displays are available.
“Moooove to 1% Milk” Healthy Heart Campaign
Staten Island has the highest heart disease death rate in N.Y.C, exceeding the other 4 boroughs' rates by more than 20% (Take Care NY 2003-04). With the support of the New York State Department of Health “Healthy Heart” program, Project Hospitality is working on a community health intervention to reduce instances of a common dietary behavior that increases our risk for heart disease: consuming high fat milk. High fat milk, or regular and 2% milk, are the leading source of saturated fat and cholesterol in our diets. With limited availability of low-fat milk or non-dairy milk options in our small grocery businesses of the North Shore, Project Hospitality is working with grocery store owners in Port Richmond as well as a committee of non-profits, schools, health care centers, faith-based organizations, resident community leaders, and Wagner College to educate residents about the health consequences and myths of high fat milk and to promote access to the healthier milk option in local stores with our “Moooove to 1% Milk” Healthy Heart campaign.
If you are interested in learning more or would like a 20-minute workshop on heart disease, obesity and ways to reduce our risks simply with our beverage choices, please contact contact Rev. Terry Troia at (718) 448-1544, ext. 103.
"Pouring on the Pounds" Health Education Campaign
Project Hospitality, in collaboration with the N.Y.C Department of Health, is working to reduce the risk of obesity and obesity-related illnesses, such as heart disease & Type II diabetes on Staten Island. Together, we are conducting a borough-wide eudcational campaign and retail advocacy project on sugary drinks such as sodas and sports drinks. Sugary Drinks are the #1 contributor to the obesity epidemic in the U.S.A. In Staten Island, we have the second highest consumption rate of SSBs in N.Y.S. as well as the highest heart disease death rate in the City - exceeding the other 4 boroughs by 17%.
Here are some media promotions New York City has created to spread the message about the harmful effects of sugary drinks:
Please repost on your own site to spread the word!