Reports From Journeys to Yonkers, NY (Greyston)

 

Roshi Bernie Glassman is going to Yonkers NY to serve at Greyston one day  per month. He has He is assisting Dail Mose-Taylor in further development of the Pathmaker Program, working with clients and outreach in Maitri, the HIV Clinic and meeting with Greyston Staff and Board members to discuss the history and vision of the Greyston Mandala.

 

Greyston Glossary

 

GREYSTON’S MISSION STATEMENT

Grounded in a whole-person approach, which we call PathMaking, Greyston Foundation, a pioneer in social enterprise, creates jobs and provides integrated programs for individuals and their families to move forward on their path to self-sufficiency.

Greyston Mandala

All of Greyston’s interconnected programs and services, all of its employees, tenants and program clients and board members.

 PathMaking

It is both a guiding philosophy and a program at Greyston.  The PathMaking philosophy is our belief that individuals can be supported to achieve “wholeness” (self-sufficiency) that comes from having a well-balanced, satisfying and integrated personal, spiritual and professional life.  The PathMaking program at Greyston provides direction, support and referrals, to all members of the Greyston Mandala- employees, clients, and the board, in the areas of personal and professional development and organizational success.

    Spirituality at Greyston

We understand that we all are connected to one another, have responsibility for each other, and for ourselves; there are ways of being in the world that can help ourselves and others.

    Openness

We believe that our openness is our authentic willingness to include and accept all others in a non-judgmental way, while holding ourselves and others accountable. We understand that we are all connected and have responsibility for respecting and acknowledging one another. We welcome innovation and accept the existence of endless possibilities.

Loving-Action

We believe in loving-action as a practical application, creating the conditions for others to become empowered, approaching all persons with compassion and all situations with integrity and commitment to do the right thing.

 Transformation

We believe that our acceptance of others where they are, followed by right action, will lead to growth and positive change in the evolution of individuals, programs and communities.

Open Hiring

This refers to our process for hiring new entry level employees at the Greyston bakery, regardless of their previous work experience, prior incarceration or educational level.  Applicants interested in working at the bakery are required to put their name and contact information on a signup sheet in our reception office.  When there is an anticipated need for additional employees, all individuals on the current list are called to attend an Open Hiring orientation session.  During the session, they are introduced to the bakery and to the other services of the foundation.  The various entry level positions of the bakery are described to the audience, as well as a full explanation of our 10 month apprenticeship program, with its strict guidelines for success.

If an individual is still interested in pursuing employment at the bakery after this full disclosure, they complete an employment application and are placed on our on-call list for the first available opening.  Individuals are scheduled for pre-training while on the on-call list so they are better prepared to begin work here at the bakery.  This pre-training also provides them a free opportunity to garner soft skills that will enhance their employability elsewhere should the opportunity present itself to them.

PathMaking at Greyston is 2 things

PathMaking is both a philosophy and a program at Greyston. When things are out of wack in your life, people say you need ”balance” right? A well balanced life has three main areas being addressed in the right proportions, personal life, spiritual life, and professional life.

PathMaking the philosophy

The PathMaking philosophy is our belief that individuals can be supported to achieve “wholeness” (self-sufficiency) that comes from having a well-balanced, satisfying and integrated personal, spiritual and professional life.

PathMaking the program

The PathMaking program at Greyston provides direction, support and referrals, to all members of the Greyston Mandala- employees, clients, and the board, in the areas of personal and professional development and organizational success.

PathMaking for Individuals

PathMaking Services with respect to individuals, is like life coaching in a way. By using specifically designed tools and measurement instruments- the Personal Balance Sheet, the Strengths and Barriers Assessment and the Life Plan, PathMaking Services helps individuals focus on specific areas in their life where personal or professional development might help them move towards greater wholeness/balance/ self sufficiency and their own defined “success.”

PathMaking for the Organization

With regard to our organizational community, PathMaking Services fosters better internal communication by assisting employees in articulating their concerns, clarifying their issues and beginning the process of healing rifts that can occur within agency departments. Similarly, PathMaking Services helps to explore Mandala-wide issues with the intent of affecting positive community change by, first providing a consultative function to the entire Mandala and supporting the Executive team on matters concerning employee rights and treatment, and secondly by conducting trainings and creating activities that promote community, building and celebrating Greyston’s distinctive culture.

 Maitri’s  unique programming

One of the significant components that makes Maitri’s Adult Day program unique is the use of the wellness model of health; meeting the patient’s physical, mental, emotional as well as spiritual needs. Key to this is the combination of alternative and complimentary healing techniques and a traditional western medical model.

Our staff’s commitment Maitri members live with a host of medically complex issues beyond HIV. To deal with these complexities, Maitri staff continually monitors and works with clients to avoid medical complications or crisis. Education is an important aspect in treatment so members can become advocates of their own health and wellness.

 

Maitri’s unique method

Maitri’s methods use a multi disciplinary approach including medicine, nursing, nutrition, mental health, social work, fitness, art, acupuncture and massage with the goal of creating a client centered plan of care. At Maitri, each discipline has an equal and important role in promoting which interventions and techniques will best serve the member.

East meets west

The eastern practice of meditation is a specific technique which addresses nearly all aspects of the wellness model. Meditation, for example, has become almost synonymous with stress management. The health benefits of meditation are now well documented in the scientific literature. Studies have shown meditation techniques reduce blood pressure, increase blood flow, enhance memory, aid in pain management, and promote emotional health as well as an overall sense of well being. As pain management is an important part of our practice, a holistic approach is ideal.

Greyston’s Child Care programming is world class. The Center’s Director, Sarah Brown, brought a struggling center back to life when she came on board 15 years ago. Through the efforts of Sarah and her staff, our program is now one of only two child care centers in Yonkers to have national accreditation. A lot of learning is happening at our childcare center and it’s not just our six week to five year olds who are benefitting. Parents and teachers learn new things every day. Teachers learn in team meetings and with direct coaching from our Education Coordinator, Eric Watkins. Parents learn skills that make parenting easier at home by attending parenting workshops that the center hosts.

The staff’s commitment is the key to the program’s success. Greyston Child Care makes learning fun. The Center uses the Creative Curriculum to teach children the skills they need at every stage. The Education Coordinator assesses the needs of each child quarterly. He outlines activities for teachers so each child can reach their goals. The teachers work through play with the kids and keep parents involved with daily updates at pick up time. Everyone is encouraged to look at things through the eyes of a child. Wise advice, indeed.

 

4/18/2014