In observance of Mother’s Day on May 14, DYCD is excited to invite you to join our #DYCDCommunityMoms campaign to celebrate mothers and other caretakers who provide inspiration and support, while contributing to the physical, social and emotional well-being of families and communities.
From now until Mother's Day we invite you to join our conversation on social media by using the hashtag "#DYCDCommunityMoms", and share stories with us. Community moms can be a mother, sister, aunt, teacher, mentor or caregiver. Don't forget to tag us on Facebook and Twitter so that we can re-post and re-tweet all of your great stories.
Phyllis Yvonne Atwater
Phyllis Yvonne Atwater was an extraordinary and brilliant woman who graduated college with honors at 16, went on to complete her Master’s, started a Community College, was the President of a Bronx nonprofit. She was also my first supervisor and a tremendous mentor who always pushed me to be greater than I knew I could be. Thank you, Phyllis and rest in peace.
Thanks Hildy for being you. So many lives have been touched by your kindness and generosity whether it is helping a neighbor with homework, cracking jokes at the Oval, or sharing a meal and the Word at Ellie's. You are such an encouraging spirit in the Parkchester community. You are the best!!
Bo Kuan Hom
Ms. Bo Kuan Hom is an 83-year-old senior with HCS community senior center. She is a loving mother of two sons. She has been with our center since the start and have always volunteered to help whenever we needed her including helping to clean up after our events. She is a talented bead artist and have volunteered the past 19 years to teaching other seniors how to make beaded ornaments including the 12 zodiac animals. She often beads item to give away. Her selfless nature and thoughtful personality makes her a special senior and our community mom. As part of the HCS family, we all appreciate what she does for us here and hope she can continue to make new creations with her beading projects for years to come.
The Community Mom for UpNext is Michelle Morrillo. She is a Financial Empowerment Advisor with New York City Financial Empowerment Center. Michelle has provided individual financial counseling to UpNext fathers and thousands of other New Yorkers all while increasing their knowledge of financial literacy and ways to empower them to meet their long term financial goals. Michelle has helped numerous UpNext fathers access and rebuild their credit, open bank accounts and get a better hold of how they can take steps to work on becoming financially stable. She has made a tremendous impact in the lives of many and continues to play an important role in UpNext as she helps program participants navigate some of the financial challenges they face to be the best fathers they can be as men and providers to their families.
Lai Yung Ing
Ms. Lai Yung Ing is a senior with HCS community senior center. She is a breath of fresh air and always full of energy, warmth and sincerity. Ms. Ing came to the US in the 1950s. She has been a loving mom to her five kids, a devoted wife to her husband as well as a caretaker to her in-laws. The house she still lives in now is quieter without her kids who have moved out, her husband who passed a few years ago, but she is still caring for others including her many grandkids teaching them the values of hard work, perseverance and treating others with kindness and respect. Ms. Ing turns 80 this year and has been with our senior center since it first started. She is always helpful at the senior center and often make things to give to other seniors in our program. We are lucky to have her be part of HCS family. She is a wonderful community mom deserving of our recognition.
Ms. Rivers is an 89 year old female. She has lived all her life in New York City. She has two daughters. Ms. Rivers while raising her two daughters and with the assistance of her second husband, she went to college. She attended Lehman College where she received a certificate in early childhood education. Upon her graduation, she applied for a job with the Board of Education and was hired as a Paraprofessional. After 20 years at P.S.1 she retired and remained at the school as a volunteer for the Grandmothers Program for more than 10 years. Ms. Rivers has a good relationship with her daughters and she loves to help others especially children. She is highly motivated and independent, she loves to read, watch TV and she loves to play onsite Bingo with her peers few times per week!
Ms. Rivers keeps an active life, she moves around with the assistance of her walker. She is very responsible and follow up with all of the services that she is currently receiving. Her daughter Venita is always in touch with our program regarding Ms. Rivers matter and wellbeing.
On May 12, 2017 Ms. Rivers celebrates her 90th birthday!!!
Our 2017 Mother of the year selection for our NDA4 DYCD Program (Hope Gardens Multiservice Center) was Mrs. Rosa Espinal. Mrs. Espinal is one of our members of the center, who goes above and beyond to help us and others. She is a member of our community for many years. Despite her health issues Mrs. Espinal is always giving us a hand in the center whenever she can.
The Community Mom for Forestdale Inc. is Karen Trujillo. Karen Trujillo goes beyond her role as a Fathering case manager as she ensures that all her participant fathers receive all resources available to them. She partners with her participant fathers to help them have the greatest impact on the lives of their children, family, and subsequently their community.
For over 25 years, Jocelyne Mayas has empowered thousands of Haitians and immigrants through her nonprofit in Brooklyn and in Queens. She is a strong believer in education and its power to strenghten individuals and communities. I am blessed to know Jocelyn and she has taught me so much about being a fighter that never quits.