Have a relaxing, loving and happy Mother’s Day

Being a mother is one of the most fulfilling roles of my life and it is a sentiment shared by many mothers across the globe.

After listening to an inspiring sermon at church, I look forward to relaxing with my daughter and my mother for the rest of the day. 

Thank you for all the Mother’s Day greetings!

To every mother, everywhere, my prayer for you is that your day will be filled with love, joy and happiness. Happy Mother’s Day!–OnPointPress.net–

Nonprofit focused on affordable housing celebrates 45 years, hosts fundraiser

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Brooklyn, NY: Forty-five years after opening its doors with a mission of developing affordable housing units in the Southside of Williamsburg, Southside United HDFC-Los Sures is still going strong. On Wednesday, April 26, at 6:00 p.m., the nonprofit will host its annual fundraiser at Freehold Brooklyn, 45 S. 3rd St., to honor its inspirational story, under the theme “Celebrating 45 years of commitment to affordable housing, community development and advocacy.”

“Now more than ever, with affordable housing still being a major issue for residents of Southside Williamsburg, our organization is keenly aware of its role in stabilizing families and the community as a whole, despite the challenges that we face,” said Southside United HDFC-Los Sures Executive Director Ramon Peguero, Esq. “Many organizations close down after 45 years but we are determined to achieve even more in the next 45 years as we work diligently to meet the needs of the community and continue to be a beacon for those who rely on our services.”

The non-profit has expanded its mission over the years and now it not only develops affordable housing units. Los Sures manages affordable housing units, operates a weekly food pantry, hydroponic farm, senior center and provides entitlement services such as tax preparation at through its social services office. Additionally, the organization operates a local museum, El Museo de Los Sures, which is a hub of exquisite artistic expression, attracting patrons from the neighborhood who are eager to experience diverse artworks.

“We hope that the community members will come out in large numbers to support our 45th anniversary fundraiser because it is through their involvement that we are able to provide the menu of services that we do,” Mr. Peguero said.

Among the distinguished individuals who will be honored at the event are Luis Garden Acosta, Founder and President of El Puente; City Councilmember Antonio Reynoso and NY City Council General Counsel Jason Adolfo Otano. Hirschen Singer & Epstein LLP will receive the corporate award and a surprise humanitarian award will be presented at the event. Dime Community Bank, which is based in Williamsburg and has been in operation since 1864, is the event’s legacy sponsor, while FG-PH Corporation is the platinum sponsor. Kings County Politics (KCP) is the media sponsor. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please contact mduran@lossures.org. For interviews, please contact cglover@lossures.org.

Southside United HDFC-Los Sures, www.southsideunitedhdfc.org, is a pioneering, community-based non-profit organization that was among the first to answer the call to rebuild North Brooklyn 45 years ago. Not only has Los Sures undertaken large-scale rehabilitation of many buildings, allowing families and individuals to live comfortably while creating an aesthetically pleasing neighborhood, but the organization provides a range of social services, including a food pantry, a fresh produce distribution center, a senior center, tax preparation assistance, community and tenant advocacy and workshops. The organization also operates a community museum, El Mueso de Los Sures, which showcases diverse artists.–OnPointPress.net–

Condolences, Prayers for Peace, this Palm Sunday

As Christians around the world celebrate one of the most significant days on the Christian calendar, we pause to extend condolences, and prayers for the many believers who were murdered earlier this morning in Egypt during their Palm Sunday worship.

Palm Sunday marks the last Sunday of Lent and beginning of Holy Week. For Christians, it represents Christ’s return to Jerusalem before he was crucified. For those of you who celebrate this day’s meaning, Happy Palm Sunday. Remember to pray for each other.–OnPointpress.net–

 

Thanks for your Impact, President Obama

As President Barack Obama leaves office to make way for the President-elect to be sworn in, it’s fitting to reflect on the strong impact that he has had during his eight years in office.

President Obama inherited a grave recession, and, despite coordinated obstructionism from a Republican-led Congress, he oversaw consistent job-creation every year since his tenure.

President Obama and his daughters go book shopping.

He provided universal healthcare coverage, engaged in regular talks on racial divide, got rid of Osama Bin Laden, promoted women’s rights, launched My Brother’s Keeper Alliance to provide training and job creation for Black and Latino young men, championed sensible gun control laws, among many other notable achievements.

President Obama and his family, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia and their dogs.

Although he was disrespected repeatedly during his time in office, President Obama was the epitome of class. He was chic, cool, balanced, knowledgeable and forgiving.

I know I’m among  many who will miss him as well as they example that his family set for the country. So I take this opportunity to express my gratitude to a President who made me proud.

Thank you President Obama. May God continue to guide and protect you and your family–OnPointPress.net–

Happy MLK Day, Thanks Dr. King!

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As we honor your legacy today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we say thank you.mlk6

Thank you for your message of non-violence.

Thank you for your unwavering commitment to equality.

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Thank you for being an example to us all.

Happy Birthday Dr. King! We need your example more than ever today.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day to all who support freedom.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day to all who support equal rights,

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day to all who support justice.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day to all who support acceptance.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day to all you support and promote love.

Here is a link to Dr. King’s LETTER FROM A BIRMINGHAM JAIL.

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On this day, we especially acknowledge Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) for his powerful legacy of standing in the trenches with Dr. King.

Thank you Rep. Lewis for your boldness and your courage.

Thank you Rep. Lewis for dedicating your life to serving others and fighting for the very principles for which we honor Dr. King today.

Happy MLK Day! Thanks Dr. King.—OnPointPress.net–

The Holidays: Happy for some, depressing for others

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By Charles Glover, Jr.

We look forward to many things during the holiday season that begins with Thanksgiving and culminates with the New Year: extra time off from school and work, more time around family, home-cooked meals, and of course, the presents. Amidst all of these enjoyable moments are the extensive hours people spend trying to make the holidays wonderful for their loved ones.

A couple enjoy the holiday spiirit.--Photo: Getty Images

A couple enjoy the holiday spirit.–Photo: Getty Images

Simple tasks can lead to feelings of stress--Photo: Getty Images

Simple tasks can lead to feelings of stress–Photo: Getty Images

The added stress around the holidays can make what is a wonderful time for many a depressing, dreadful, lonely time for others. Michael Kerr from Healthline.com explains it this way:

“Depression may occur at any time of the year, but the stress and anxiety during the months of November and December may cause even those who are usually content to experience loneliness and a lack of fulfillment.”

While there is little evidence that supports that the suicide rate increases during November and December, it is still important to recognize that there not everyone views the holiday season as a joyful time. Stress is a well-known trigger for depression and the holidays often create new tensions as well as reignite old hurts and feelings of inadequacy or loneliness, resulting in morose thoughts and unhappy feelings.

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It is important to learn how to manage the stress and recognize if a person may be in need of greater help. As Brenda Patoine from The Dana Foundation summarized;

“Finding ways to cope with the heightened demands of holiday gatherings, or filling the gap where they aren’t, is key to surviving the season with affect intact. This can be challenging, because one’s coping strategies may be the first things to fall by the wayside in the busy holiday season.”

The Mayo Clinic lists a number of recommendations for coping with the stress of the holiday season. A few of the suggestion are regular exercise, maintaining a strict budget, and volunteering. If you feel that you or someone you know may need assistance dealing with the emotions of the holidays, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a senior writer for OnPointPress.net and aspiring author. Follow me on Twitter @GloverIsGood.

Happy Thanksgiving, we’re grateful for a lot!

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This year has been filled with enormous trauma for many of us due to horrific murders in our inner cities, the continued war on African-Americans, ambushes of police officers and a steady stream of untimely deaths of African-American journalists and entertainers, among other things.

 

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Yet, in the midst of all the turmoil and feelings of loss, there is still a lot for which we are grateful. As you travel to celebrate the Thanksgiving season with loved ones, friends and family, take some time to say a prayer for those who are grieving. Say a prayer for those who suffered loss. Say a prayer for someone who lost a job, a home, a relationship, a way of life.

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As you celebrate your blessings and express appreciation for what makes your life rich and vibrant, take a moment to acknowledge, support and give solace to those among you who need an extra word of encouragement and resources. Remember that being thankful is not a static state.  A thankful heart is open wide to bless, honor, support and enrich others.

The OnPointPress.net family warmly wishes all of our readers and supporters a blessed, peaceful and loving Thanksgiving–OnPointPress.net-