On Wednesday, March 12, DHS hosted the Precious Dreams Foundation's (PDF) "Comfort Drop" event for 25 teens ages 13 to 18 from the Auburn Family Center, Bushwick Family Center and Crotona Inn Family Center, at its agency headquarters at 33 Beaver Street.
Commissioner Taylor, Deputy Commissioner Julia Moten, along with members of the Office of Communications and External Affairs, joined PDF President and Co-Founder Nicole Russell for this event, which showcased a group of successful young professionals who shared their experiences on the importance of learning to "self-comfort" during stressful times, particularly while in transition and dealing with hardships.
Guest speakers, including reality TV star and musician Po Johnson from VH1's show "LaLa's Full Court Life" and NFL running back Ryan Grant, led a discussion with the teens and then distributed knapsacks with pajama pants and PDF shirts, a book and a journal.
DHS has been partnering with PDF for the past year and has co-sponsored successful Comfort Drops for school-aged children at three shelters in the Bronx and Brooklyn. This is DHS' fourth Comfort Drop.
PDF was founded in 2012 to support the well being of kids in foster care and poor communities by means of a special technique of using bedtime necessities and positive reinforcement to empower children, make sleep easier and inspire a happy imagination. They have partnered with various foster care agencies, churches and community organizations throughout New York.