November 1, 2012

At a time when the Lower East Side is struggling to come back from Hurricane Sandy, we’re reminded of the strength of this neighborhood and the resilience of the “East Village” in a pre-recorded Healthstyles program. Host Diana Mason, PhD, RN, interviews Susan Luck, PhD, RN; Adriana Pezzulli, Director of Development; and Jennifer Sugg, Environmental Educator–three women who are involved in the rebuilding and expansion of the Lower East Side Girls Club. This Girls Club is a safe haven and oasis for girls and their families. Founder Lynn Pentecost has a vision for expanding the Girls Club into a new space with services that include promoting the health, and wellbeing of girls from this neighborhood and beyond. The Girls Club is engaging a commnity to participate in the development of these young women, much as Hillary Clinton envisioned in the phrase “it takes a village.”

I just learned from Adrianna Pezzulli that their new building on Avenue D is OK, but the girls and families they serve are not so lucky. They need an extended village to help them. You can make a donation to support their work by going to this web page.  Adrianna emailed me that “we need to help our families restock their fridges, recoup lost wages and get back on their feet. Any amounts would be appreciated and will be relayed directly to affected families. Let’s show them that their village is larger than they thought.