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					                                       Message from the Director:
                                 Dear Friends,
                                         Meetings, meetings, and more meetings; my calendar is full
                                and it is very time consuming, though frequently valuable. As part of
                                Nassau County Committee to End Homelessness in Ten Years, we
                                studied a very thorough and insightful report which was issued in
                                July. The programs discussed could end the cycle for many chroni-
                                cally homeless people. I encourage you to get a copy and read it. As
                                part of the Nassau County Perinatal Services Network, we attended
                                their conference on “Tomorrow’s Healthy Babies Begin with Today’s
                                Healthy Women: Preconception and Interconception Care”. Hope-
                                fully the very important information presented will reach the women
                                most affected. At MOMMAS House, we will definitely promote
                                healthier lifestyles. Deirdre Shea, MSW and Daniela Richards, MSW
                                our social workers attended workshops on the legal issues for mothers
                                and children involved in domestic violence. Joan Phillips, MSW
                                represents MOMMAS House at the Continuum of Care meetings held
                                by the Nassau/Suffolk Coalition on the Homeless. Both Deirdre and I
    MOMMAS Inc.                 meet with the Pregnancy Services Network of Greater New York and
                                when we can, the Inter Agency Council of Glen Cove. MOMMAS
    1857 Wantagh Avenue         House also participates in the “Case of the Week” with the Nassau
     Wantagh, Y 11793           County Housing Office and other community agencies involved in
                                housing. This is just a sample of the many, many areas that we must
    Office: (516) 781-8637
                                be concerned about when we house these young families; so all the
                                meetings help us to network and to learn.
  Glen Cove: (516) 609-0079     The ladies of Glenby Lane! You know all about the T.V. shows that
   Jericho: (516) 938-5211      feature the antics of various neighborhoods, but seldom do you hear
                                about a neighborhood with such a concentration of good people.
  Hempstead: (516) 280-3220     Glenby Lane is in Brookville and this group of neighbors were the
E. Massapequa: (516) 781-8637   first to welcome our home and residents. They have stayed with us all
                                of these years and are the central core of our North Shore Fundraising
     Board of Directors         committee as “The Friends of MOMMAS House”. (This year’s Din-
                                ner Dance will be held November 14, 2008 at the Garden City Hotel
      Patricia Fitzgerald       and will honor one of the Glenby Lane families).
     Joseph Bottner, MD
                                 Thank you so much for these wonderful families and their friends, who
     Thomas Lilly, Esq.            have raised over a million dollars during these past fourteen years.
     Joan Phillips, MSW
     Hilary Becker, CPM                  Recognition for the work of MOMMAS House
   Mary Gilroy-Doohan, MD
                                Pat and Deirdre Shea will be the honorees at the Msgr. Ferris Life
      Joan Durso Serra
                                Center dinner on September 25th, which will be held at Russo’s on
       Mary McCaffrey
                                the Bay in Howard Beach. For ticket information call 718-634-2229.
    William Sullivan, CPA
        Jeanne Towers           On October 23, Pat will be honored at the “60 Over 60” Awards
                                Gala to benefit School Business Partnership of Long Island, Inc., at
                                the Crest Hollow Country Club. For information, please call 516-
     Director: Patricia Shea    997-1950.
                                The Greater Hempstead Housing Development Fund Corporation             has chosen Pat to be one of it’s honorees for their December dinner.
                                More information to follow.

                                                   MOMMAS HOUSE
     Summer 2008
                                                  A Real Choice For Life
MOMMAS, Inc. INK                                                                                           Summer 2008

Tributes Received                       What’s Happening Around MOMMAS House
 Please remember in your prayers:
    Carroll Agoglia*
                                                             Welcome ew Board Members
    Cathy Barakat*                   MOMMAS House is proud to announce our newest Board members, Bill Sullivan and
    Margaret Black                   Jeanne Towers.
    James Brengel                    Bill is managing partner of accounting firm, Sullivan & Menendez, LLP. A local;
    Nicholas Caralan                 reared in North Merrick and graduate of Chaminade H.S. and St. John’s University.
    Nicholas Cartolano               He and his wife Laurie are married 25 years and have two sons, Billy and Ryan.
    Helen Cassin                     Jeanne Towers is a single mom, R.N. with a decade of experience as a Hospice nurse,
    Leonard Cassin                   an astute business woman and an instructor/lecturer on her field of expertise. Look for
    Joann Cola                       her on Telecare speaking on topics such as: Death and Dying, home care and the
    Paul Finbar Cronin*              spirituality of illness.
    Gerry Dillon
    Brian Duff
    Jim Errico, MD
                                                        SAVE THE DATE
    Carl Griffin                            Plan now to attend our fun benefit night of games of luck:
    Francis Hughes
    Gussie Lacertosa                     Blackjack, Roulette, Slots, Texas Hold’Em for PRIZES
    Hon. Joseph Kunzeman
                                                      On Saturday,      September 13, 2008
    Sophie Manzo
    Mary Moriarity                                                 from 7-11 PM at
    Gustave Meade
    Eleanor Rebori                                               St. Frances de Chantal
    Pat Reitz                                                    1309 Wantagh Avenue
    Bernadette Reynolds
                                                                  Wantagh, NY 11793
    David Stallings
    James Swiatek                                                Tickets only $40/p.p.
    Stephen Szwarce                                              includes play money and
    Rose Vasco                                                  boxed deli dinner w/dessert
    Anna Bridget Wallace                            For more information call Sarah @ 516-781-8637
    Tom Ward
                                                                           Upcoming Events
     Fundraising Report…                                 September 13 “Take a Chance on Life” (see info above)
                 Grant Update                              ovember 14 Dinner-Dance Gala @ the Garden City Hotel
      Sincere appreciation to the trustees of the           honoring Hon. Richard & Irene Goodwin.
           following for Grants received:                December 18 Christmas Benefit Concert at St. Rocco’s,
 Fund For the Poor, Bank of America, and the               Glen Cove by the North Shore Pops – Free Will offering
 Oddfellows Pacific Lodge in Mineola in addi-
 tion to the Hagedorn Family, O’Sullivan Chil-
                                                                  C a p it a l Fund Campaign Update
 dren and Barker Welfare Foundations
                                                   The current status of the Capital Fund Campaign is making progress.
  We are halfway “home”! Please consider investing in the future of MOMMAS House and the women and babies we
  serve. We would be most grateful if you would consider hosting a reception at your home/business or anywhere fea-
  sible to accommodate an intimate gathering. Light refreshments only, as the main purpose is to have a platform on
  which to explain what MOMMAS House is and what it hopes to accomplish. There will be no high pressure tactics
  used, only the distribution of information and ways one might help if so inclined.
MOMMAS, Inc. INK                                                                                                       Summer 2008

                              I was born in Jamaica, West Indies. I did not grow up with my brothers or sisters, as they all
Her Story                     lived in the United States. I was raised by various relatives including my grandmother. My
                              Grandmother was the only one that understood
 me. I could tell her anything. When I left Jamaica in 1999, I was heartbroken
 knowing that I was leaving my grandmother behind. I was eleven years old
 when I came to the US to live with my mother and siblings. It was the first
 time I had ever seen them all together, in person. For the first four years, I
 tried to get them to accept me for who I was - the way my grandmother did,
 unconditionally. Everything went downhill when I turned fifteen. My
 mother and I rarely saw eye to eye. I tired of her wanting me to be just like
 my brothers and sisters. I felt that no matter what I did, I would never be as
 good as them. I decided it was time for me to try and make it on my own. I
 left my mother’s at eighteen, and moved in with a friend from work. My first
 job was working in sales, I did this full time while attending high school. A
 few months later, I found out I was pregnant by my boyfriend of a year and a
                                                                                             Samantha and Jeremaiyh
 half. I decided to quit school and work full time to support myself and the
 baby. One month later, I lost my job. Without any sense of direction, my girlfriend and I made some calls and I was re-
 ferred to Catholic Charities Regina Residence Maternity Services. While staying there, I learned of MOMMAS House.
 Coming to MOMMAS House has been on of the best decisions I ever made. Because of MOMMAS I am back in school
 and working on getting my high school diploma. Once that goal is attained, I plan on going to school for nursing to make
 a secure future for my son and myself. I have grown a lot since my early teenage years. I became a mother and learned
 more than I ever thought possible. MOMMAS House is a phenomenal place for women in my situation, I would not
 hesitate to refer anyone to this organization – it saved my son’s and my life!
                                                                      Detective Steven and Honorable Patti McDonald for their loyal and

              We Salute...                                            immeasurable support!
                                                                     Recognition goes to Tara O’Neill and Maureen Rodgers for doing
A fond farewell to our social work intern, Lauren LaFrance and       their Girl Scout Gold Award project to benefit MOMMAS. The girls
mental health intern Lisa Morhaim; and welcome to mental health      had the innovative idea to host an Art and Music Festival. They
interns Maureen DeAngelis and Elizabeth Adams, who come to us        charged admission; got printing and refreshments donated, and gave
from C.W. Post, L.I.U., Mental Health Counseling Program.            deserving, budding artists an opportunity to perform. Due to the
                                                                     event’s success, $1,000 was raised and they were able to purchase
For extending your arms and opening your hearts: Long Island’s Jr. two big-ticket items off our Wish List - a big screen TV (installed)
League, Rotary Clubs, Churches, Synagogues, Kiwanis, Massape-
                                                                     and a new vacuum. Way to go girls!
qua and Scouts - our gratitude to all. Special thanks to North Shore
Community Church, Oyster Bay for committed monthly support.          Also, our Hempstead House wishes to thank Girl Scout Troop 3735
                                                                     for all of their assistance.
Bob Dougherty, who has helped to raise over $28,000 on the Capitol
Fund Campaign. Thanks Bob, for believing in our mission.             May is traditionally a big month for organizations to hold “baby
                                                                     showers”. The following groups held one for MOMMAS House:
Ryan of the “Atta Pepper” family is a Junior Girl Scout. She gener- Maria Regina R.C. Church, Seaford; St. Barnabas the Apostle, Bell-
ously donated Girl Scout cookies for which we were most grateful;
                                                                     more; Church of the Intercessor, Malverne; St. Anne’s, Garden City.
every last one was devoured.
                                                                     St. John’s University for continued support volunteering service/
A special thanks to the Mineola Daughters of Portugal who made up
                                                                     learning hours, in addition to some clubs/sororities doing their thing
exquisite gift baskets in addition to a generous monetary donation.
                                                                     to help. More and more colleges/universities are establishing a win-
Our mothers also wish to acknowledge the Shelter Rock Church for win relationship with us. They are practicing what they are learning,
their tremendous Mother’s Day celebration. Additionally, they re- be it: public relations, speech therapy, early intervention etc. bene-
ceived gift baskets from Our Lady of Lourdes - Malverne, St. fiting us both.
Anne’s - Garden City, Trinity Lutheran Church and the Church of
                                                                     To our many workshop instructors who offer their time and exper-
the Resurrection, Locust Valley.
                                                                     tise to MOMMAS’ residents, affording them a real chance at suc-
The Youth Group from Cathedral Church of the Intercessor for the cessful living.
baby items collection and the AWESOME job they did with yard
                                                                     To all of our other volunteers: those that rock our babies, drive to
work at Jericho. Adelphi University’s service club, CALIBER did a doctor appointments, sort clothing, pick-up furniture/food, make
great job with our garage at East Massapequa and Jr. Girl Scout
                                                                     fundraising events memorable and profitable, write grants, keep the
Troop 3239 for the lovely flowers they planted at East Massapequa.
                                                                     books, “camera-ready” Journals, make up our Board of Directors…
Another Guardian angel - this one leaves cash donations in our mail you know who you are and what you do, we hope you know how
slot. God bless your kindness.                                       grateful we are!
MOMMAS, Inc. INK                                                                                                Summer 2008

                                                  PHOTO ALBUM
                                                  Layla and her mom Tara enjoy
                                                 Mother’s Day Brunch hosted by
                                                 Shelter Rock Church, Manhasset

Katherine & Lisa graduate Hunter Business!                                                  Pat congratulates graduate Sharon!

                         Fond farewell to Jean
                         Prochillo who pro-
                         vided the Hempstead
                         house with out-
                         standing child care

                                                     Godwing gave birth to baby
                                                                                          Lisa & Omar enjoy Mother’s Day Brunch

      Our TWINS - Joseph & Jasiah                                   Elijah, Amaya and Madison enjoy ice pops at the Jericho House
MOMMAS, Inc. INK                                                                                                       Summer 2008

Volunteer Spotlight… Tara Casazza
As an aspiring Social Worker, I was introduced to MOMMAS House through
Joan Phillips. I began my volunteering with helping to organize and partici-
pating in the Annual Christmas Reunion which included implementing a
collection drive. Today, I continue my involvement by baby-sitting the chil-
For those who may not be aware, MOMMAS House is an outstanding or-
ganization that gives young women a safe environment in which to find
shelter and the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to assume inde-
pendent living. The mothers attend workshops weekly on a host of various
topics: parenting, finance, cooking, budgeting, job interviews to name just
a few. Focus on the whole person is the goal – education, successful par-
enting and life skills.
There are many ways to help MOMMAS House. Not everyone is in the po-
sition to contribute monetarily, volunteers are always welcome. To facilitate Tara (right) pictured here with Joan Phillips after helping
the moms, on-site child care is provided; almost anyone can hold a baby.             to organize and execute the 2007 Holiday Reunion
Additionally, some volunteers drive the mothers to appointments inaccessi-
ble by public transportation, share a particular talent or pitch in with special occasion celebrations. If you are interested,
they will find a way for you to involve yourself.
I am a senior at Kellenberg Memorial High School; teach religion at St. Anthony’s, Oceanside, Captain our Varsity Tennis
Team and I belong to the Leaders Club and the National Honor Society. (Editor note: Involved students are generally suc-
cessful with time management.) On a personal note, I am continually amazed to see these girls, so close in age to my-
self, with their babies. Pat Shea and her staff are so committed to giving these young families the opportunity to grow and
hope for a successful outcome. I wish that after receiving my degree in social work I may continue to work with this won-
derful organization.

          And the winner is ……                                                  UNWANTED CAR?
We are pleased to announce the winner of                                                           Donate to MOMMAS House
the Get-Away Week at Gurney’s Inn this                                                        With the success of our Drive to
March was Felicia Perna. Congratulations                                                      Thrive program, many of our
Felicia!                                                                                      mother’s are obtaining their
                                                                   driver’s licenses and are now in need of some wheels!
                                                                   If you have a working car you’re looking to get rid of, please
                                                                   consider donating to MOMMAS House. The car will be
                     Here Ye                                       given to any resident who has obtained her driver’s license
                                                                   and begun working. All donations are tax deductible, and this
   At long last, the big momma is a grandma. Pat                   would be a wonderful gift for one of our young mother’s just
 Shea’s eldest daughter, Keara and husband, Gary                   starting their careers.
 welcomed Amelia                                                              Please contact the office at 516-781-8637
   Helen into their                                                          and leave a message about your vehicle, etc.
 family March 20,
  2008. The entire
  Shea clan is over                                                                 At Your Service
 the moon and Pat                                                   Do you need an extra set of hands at your next party or
    admits, “This                                                   family/corporate gathering? We have trained some of the
  child’s feet may                                                  young mothers to provide this service and I am sure you
   never touch the                                                  will be pleased by their conscientiousness. They will set
      ground.”                                                      up, serve and clean-up. Please give them a chance to earn
                                                                    some money, while they attend school and parent their
   God Bless You,                                                   children. Contact the Office at 516-781-8637 if you are
       Amelia!                                                      interested in this service.
MOMMAS, Inc. INK                                                                                  Summer 2008

                             What’s on our Wish List?
                              GOODS                                                       SERVICES
•   MiniVan in good running condition - late model for a reason-        •   Sponsor a young mother for driving
    able price.                                                             lessons - $500-$600, perhaps your
•   A used WORKING CAR for newly licensed mothers                           family, group or organization can
•   METROCARDS*** - this is how our girls get to school,                    raise the funds for this purpose.
    work, doctor’s appts., and counseling.                              •   Driver’s Education teachers to help
•   Potty Training seats - we have several toddlers ready to                our moms obtain their driver’s license
    take the next step!                                                 •   VOLUNTEERS!! Clerical work - mail
•   Paper goods for all houses: paper towels, napkins, toilet               assembly, filing, maintenance of
    paper, tissues, baby wipes, diapers (all sizes especially 4, 5          mailing list; minor house repairs /
    & 6), copy/printer-paper                                                maintenance & yard work, help sort
•   All Cleaning Supplies – kitchen, laundry, bathroom                      donations, build some storage
•   Toiletries - toothpaste/brushes/floss/mouthwash, liquid/bar soap,       shelves, etc.
    Band-aids/antiseptic, shampoo, children’s “Tylenol”, Pedia-Lyte,    •   Child care volunteers during the day
    baby health/first aid kits                                              & evening, especially in Glen Cove!
•   Bed in a Bag sets - twin size                                       •   Join existing Fund-Raising Commit-
•   Solid color Knit Crib Sheets!!                                          tees
•   Gasoline / Phone Gift Cards                                         •   “A few good men” with a truck/van to
•   We are NOT in need of infant clothing at this time, but if you          pick-up and deliver donations, espe-
    are having a drive or baby shower, we could use new                     cially furniture
    TODDLER size clothing 2T-5T.                                        •   Minor house repairs/maintenance
•   New / Upgraded Credit Card Machine for office.
                                                                        •   Seasonal gardening – all houses re-
•   Plastic shelving (sturdy) / storage bins
                                                                            newal (clean-up, bushes, flowers)
•   New house at Hempstead requests: (3) dust mops and (5)
    wheeled 3-drawer plastic containers

            Your support for all events is greatly appreciated. There are many ways to
               contribute to MOMMAS and we hope you will choose one of them:
    1. Join our volunteer staff – greatest need, the fundraising committees
    2. Donate on the Internet -
    3. If you are a federal employee, donate to MOMMAS, Inc. through the LI Federated Campaign
       payroll deduction Designate MOMMAS #31704 as the recipient
    4. Employer offer “Matching Gifts Program”? Choice of Monetary or Time & Talent offered by some
    5. Commemorative Cards Available – Memorials, Births, Anniversary, Birthdays – any occasion worth
       remembering, make your gifting “meaningful”
    6. Internet Shoppers – Make purchases through and MOMMAS will get a percent of every
       sale from 600+ retail participants. Go online to register or call office for details.
    7. Information available on how to remember MOMMAS when involved with Estate Planning
    8. Place the enclosed envelope where you pay your bills so that you will keep us in mind when
       contribution is possible
    9. A 2006 law makes charitable giving from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA) tax-free. Peo-
       ple 70 1/2 and older can gift assets from an IRA to a qualified organization without it being
       taxed as income. Please remember MOMMAS House!
MOMMAS, Inc. INK                                                                                        Summer 2008

 Light our way…
 Please give now as the need is great and the options are few. There are many ways to support our mission -
 to help pregnant or parenting young women on their journey to become good parents and self-supporting
 Please help in any way you can

    Support upcoming events

    Volunteer your time and share your gifts.

    Designate MOMMAS as a recipient of your Federated
    Campaign contribution

    Include MOMMAS, Inc. in your estate planning

    I would like to make a Monthly donation of $ ________

                                                                                   Joseph has a seat in the
    I would like to make a One Time donation of $ ________                        Hempstead House nursery

    I would like to make a pledge of $________ to the Capital Fund Campaign for MOMMAS to purchase a new home to
    house homeless mother and their children. OR ______ I would be interested in hosting a reception at my home to en-
    courage others to pledge support for the Capital Fund Campaign - please send more information.

  We accept checks made payable to MOMMAS, Inc. or Credit Card Payments (complete information below). You
  can send this page and your contribution in the self-addressed envelope provided. Thank you for your support!

      ame _________________________________________ Phone                umber: ____________________________

     Address __________________________________________________________________________________

     I wish to make a contribution of $ ___________________ for my choice of support indicated above.

     Charge Card         ____Visa        ____MasterCard           ____American Express              ____Discover

     Card umber ____________________________________________ Expiration Date _____________

     ___ I wish to charge my donation of $ ____________________ monthly / one time (circle one)

     Signature ________________________________________________ Date _______________________
MOMMAS, Inc. INK                                                                                                   Summer 2008

                   MAILING LIST                                                       GO PAPERLESS!
                 UPDATE REQUEST                                           Are you environmentally conscious? Or maybe you
                                                                          just hate the paper you’ve got piling up around the
 We are pleased to have over 7,000 individuals, groups,
                                                                          house? Well now you can choose to have your
 businesses and families on our Mailing List. We strive to
                                                                          MOMMAS House newsletter sent to you electronically!
 keep our supporters informed and involved in MOMMAS
                                                                          Just email with the             subject
 House. However, the cost of printing and postage for
                                                                          “Email Newsletter” and inside please indicate your
 such a large list is cumbersome. We ask that you
                                                                          Name and Address where you currently receive our
 please let us know if you are no longer interested in re-
                                                                          Newsletter. We will stop sending you paper newslet-
 ceiving the newsletter. Please let us know if you have
                                                                          ters, and instead you can get the newsletter emailed to
 moved and your mail is being forwarded, so that we
                                                                          you in PDF format 4 times a year! This would really
 may update your contact information.
                                                                          help MOMMAS House cut down on the costs of
                                                                                                             printing and mailing!

                      Attention Internet Shoppers
Today we received our third award check from – talk about effortless
giving! First, for signing up your designated charity will receive a $5 bonus, even if you
never make any purchase. However, if you like me habitually shop on-line, many (see site
                                                                                                We’d love to be able to keep our
for listing) well-known stores (SEARS, J.C. Penney’s, Home Depot, STAPLES, etc.) offer
                                                                                                friends and supporters up to date
rebates to your charity of choice on all on-line shopping. I personally have now earned
$78.18 of the $170.23 currently raised for MOMMAS House - in less than one year. The            on MOMMAS events in between
potential is enormous, and it’s easy. If this method of giving appeals to you, you may regis-   our newsletter mailings. Please
ter on-line or we will gladly furnish you with additional information at the office.            email us at
                                                                                                with the subject: “Keep In Touch”.
 -Sarah, Admin Assistant

                                                                                                                  Non Profit Org
MOMMAS, Inc.                                                                                                     Sec 3465 (e) PL&R
1857 Wantagh Avenue                                                                                               US POSTAGE
Wantagh, NY 11793                                                                                                 Permit No 304
                                                                                                                  Hicksville, NY
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