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Turning Point: The Shower Project

Turning Point: The Shower Project

Mel is fortunate to work with a non-profit organization in Brooklyn called Turning Point. The amazing staff at Turning Point help their clients find resources to make better decisions for brighter futures. Services like helping someone get the GED, find permanent housing, improve literacy, and even providing HIV tests are improving the Brooklyn community.  Over 7,500 people are using Turning Point’s varied services everyday!  That kind of community service needs support.  We would especially like to let you know about another essential service that they provide called the Shower Project:

The Shower Project is the gateway to mental and physical well-being for many Turning Point clients. A community outreach initiative, the project invites the homeless in for a shower, change of undergarments and a hot beverage. A washing machine is also available, as is access to detergent. It’s a simple service, but one that is irreplaceable to the hundreds of people the project serves.

It is also a service that brings them in contact with Johnny, who runs the Shower Project. He is crucial in finding them help, first with a shower, then with access to all of Turning Point’s other social services, including education, housing, drug rehabilitation, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, and vocational and career development.

We humbly ask you to go to this link to donate. The link will lead you to the donation page for “DISCIPLESHIP OUTREACH MINISTRIES INCORPORATED,” the corporate name for Turning Point. Your contribution will pay for heat, hot water, soap, towels, basic toiletries and underwear.

  • Donate $20 and provide showers for one person for a week.

  • Donate $80 you will cover a month of showers for someone.

  • Donate $1,000 you will provide an individual with safe and warm place to shower for a year!

Give whatever you can. Every bit helps! We try to practice gratitude on a daily basis. As we rush through this Holiday Season, remembering that others may need something as a basic as hot shower is a poignant reminder that we should not only be grateful, but lend a helping hand. A hot shower could make the winter season easier to get through and help someone get a job or lift the spirits of an individual struggling to stay on a more productive path.

We are humbled by the efforts of the Turning Point staff to recognize a need and provide an answer.

Go Do Yoga and Give to Charity

Go Do Yoga and Give to Charity

Mel will be teaching a yoga class tomorrow (Tuesday, April 30th) at the Paris Health Club (Upper West Side, NYC) for a charity event.  Details:

Paris Fitness is reaching out to the community by helping our local children at PS 75. For one full week from Monday, April 29 to Sunday, May 5 the Paris Fitness team will donate their time and talent to help raise funds to support our local public school. Paris will donate over 15 classes to raise money for PS 75!

kidsSo if you want to make it tomorrow or for the rest of the week go to the Paris Fitness Facebook Page and sign up for a class at the email address below, drop your donation in the lockbox and participate in classes taught by top of the line Paris Fitness instructors. All proceeds will support PS 75 enrichment classes, gym equipment and much more! Classes will be held at Paris Fitness at 752 West End Avenue.

Sign up today for as many classes as you like!
To sign up write to for details and class schedule.

Run Strong For Boston

The city of Boston has suffered unnecessary tragedy and ensuing violence.  Grief is the primary emotion that has been felt this last week, not just in Boston, but by everyone witnessing as well.  But now is the time to find strength and help our Bostonian brothers and sisters to reclaim their streets and sense of freedom.  There have already been runners pounding the pavement in solidarity around the country and world.

London runners take a moment of silence for Boston.
London runners take a moment of silence for Boston.

The runs for Boston will continue on Monday, April 22nd.  For a list of those runs go to this Facebook Page made by the Independent Running Retailers Association.  If you can’t make it for a run show support by contributing to one of these causes listed by the Huffington Post.  Efforts like these have already raised, “more than $7 million in 24 hours” for the One Fund Boston.

Runner shows support for Boston
Runner shows support for Boston

For more specific information on joining runs in New York City go to the Facebook page (this one is for Central Park) made by the retailer JackRabbit Sports.  After such inhumane actions it’s important to come together and reestablish our connections to one another as loving and peaceful beings.  So, run far and run free!


Donate to Newtown, CT Victims.

The Sandy Hook school shooting is a tragedy of immense proportions.  Words do not adequately express the sadness that surrounds this time.  We, as a nation, can share in only a small part the grief that those families of the victims are now suffering.  It is in the spirit of humanity, service and the desire to support those families that we list here websites you can use to make donations:

The United Way of Western Connecticut

Newtown Youth and Family Services

The Newtown Memorial Fund (on Facebook)

The Newtown Parent Connection

From here on may our thoughts and actions carry the glimmer of hope for positive change, a better future for our children and the wisdom to know how to prevent a tragedy like this from ever happening again.