JBFCS Goldsmith Center, Barnes & Noble Hold Charity Book Fair
Proceeds to fund new Goldsmith library
NEW YORK, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Saturday, December 5, 2009, JBFCS Goldsmith Center and Barnes & Noble will join forces to raise money for a new Goldsmith library. For one day, Barnes & Noble will give JBFCS credit for purchases made by its supporters, at any of its stores, after they present a special voucher. These vouchers can be found on the JBFCS website (www.jbfcs.org). The book fair, at 230 Main Street, White Plains, N.Y., will feature author Michael Balkind. From 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM Balkind, writer of such popular mysteries as Sudden Death and Dead Ball, will sign his books. Lauded by authors James Patterson and John Grisham, Balkind is well-known for his unique blend of sports and intrigue.
The Jerome M. Goldsmith Center for Adolescent Treatment is a residential treatment facility in Hawthorne, N.Y. for young men with complex emotional issues and challenging needs. Licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health, the Center provides supervised living units and a program of therapeutic and educational services. The program provides a secure in-house acute-care unit as part of the continuum of care.
“Now JBFCS supporters can take care of their holiday shopping and back a great cause at the same time,” said Jeff Shapiro, Ed. M., Director, Jerome M. Goldsmith Center for Adolescent Treatment. “Every purchase that is made…every credit that we get…will bring us closer to building the library we so desperately need.
According to Lenny Rodriguez, LCSW, JBFCS Deputy Executive Director, “Growing the imagination is what healing is all about. Bringing a library to the Goldsmith Center will better prepare the boys for a brighter future. ”
Fighting the Battle of Illiteracy
A recent study of troubled teens and concerned teachers, headed by the University of Chicago, shows that as reading levels improve anti-social behavior and dysfunctional behavior is reduced. Since virtually all the residents of Goldsmith Center struggle with literacy, it is hoped that providing them with easy access to a library will not only raise their reading levels but will improve their outlook on life.
The JBFCS (www.jbfcs.org) offers the most advanced mental health care and social services to help promote well-being, resilience and self-sufficiency for individuals and families. Every year 65,000 New Yorkers from all ethnic, racial, socio-economic and religious backgrounds, across the five boroughs and in Westchester, rely on the JBFCS for help through some 175 programs.