the catalyst president dr. katherine cobb vice president courtney gatesman secretary leroy darby treasurer becky cavallucci mary baldwin geraldine blanchard ryan brown dr. anthony catanese lesli dooley valerie holloway dr. joni oglesby dr. gordon patterson chris rodriquez joan sorensen board of directors 1151 masterson st. melbourne, fl 32935 a copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free 1-800-435-7352 within the state. registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. registration #ch12852. 100% of the proceeds benefit the mission of the brevard neighborhood development coalition. follow us on facebook and www.bndcserve.org hello friends, this catalyst issue is exciting and compelling as it chronicles so many ways that bndc impacts struggling communities, resulting in greater hope and opportunity for families! as a christian community development corporation, we pursue long-term relationship with our neighbors. bndc values partnership and a listening posture. after gaining understanding of residents’ needs, we appeal to the broader community – casting vision and facilitating as all stakeholders contribute expertise and resources. bndc staff and volunteers share christ’s love as we engage with neighbors. we invest our energy and donor funds in programs that affirm the dignity of others, extending hands up (not hand-outs). the remarkable reduction in crime in melbourne’s booker t. washington neighborhood is testimony that bndc leaders are not afraid to take on difficult projects and to walk alongside residents as they reclaim their streets. also, i am overjoyed as we watch a new generation of neighborhood leaders emerging! this summer, teenagers who have grown up at the dock, became “jr leaders”, mentoring children in the dock summer camp. and this spring when bndc needed city council approval to expand the dock, the teens filled 3 rows of seats at city hall! many also spoke; their statements providing powerful examples of what a difference bndc has made in their lives, and on the social fabric of the neighborhood. there is no doubt…whether you are a long-time supporter or a new bndc friend, you are making a difference! with deep gratitude, lynn 321-253-4214 www.bndcserve.org a special thanks to holy trinity episcopal academy’s graphics student, kenzie farrish, for the design of catalyst.
fall 2016 the dock the dorcas outreach center for kids is a safe haven for children and teens of the booker t. washington neighborhood. youth receive academic and spiritual mentoring and enjoy enrichment programs. greater heights an 18 unit apartment complex for low income working families and the elderly, also in melbourne’s booker t. washington community. evans center a multi-use project planned for palm bay’s powell subdivision, serving residents with a fresh food market, brevard health alliance clinic, and youth job training. what we bndc is charting the course for our teens thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, bndc was able to purchase the lot directly east of the current dock building in january. our intent is to build a center designed specifically for our rapidly growing dock teen program. prior to building, there was an obstacle to overcome and the teens were able to help us clear it with flying colors. the land was originally zoned as residential and city council would have to decide if the land could be used for commercial purpose. in april, dock teens joined bndc leaders in making presentations at city hall. they shared heartfelt, compelling testimonies about the impact of the dock on their lives. mr. howard said, “i am so proud of how these kids have conducted themselves and were able to advocate for themselves in a mature and effective manner. this experience will remind them how to properly handle future challenges.” the teen center has already been designed thanks to nu vision builders and will be built in partnership with mh williams construction. it is time to give the teens a space where they can find reprieve from their hectic lives among their peers. the 3500 square foot building will include a computer lab, break out rooms where teens can study to have private rap sessions with adult leaders, a dance studio, music room, and lounge with a pool table and ping pong. the teen center will allow bndc to serve up to 60 teens with programs that will give them a strong foundation for their futures. their parents work long hours at low wages and aren’t necessarily available to supervise them after school and during the summer months. highly impressionable teens are susceptible to negative behaviors on the streets. they need strong role models. they also need programs that are intentional and consistent, led by loving adults whose goal is to prepare them for their futures as successful, contributing citizens. the catalyst news from the brevard neighborhood development coalition “joining hands for a better future” to date, since the dock’s opening in 2004, no participating teen has been arrested, dropped out of school, or become pregnant. in may 2015, there were nine teens who regularly attended the dock. one year later, that number has grown to 31, which periodically forces us to have to turn away elementary aged children. at this tme, there are 10 youth on the waiting list. do
we all remember the often pain staking task of learning to write cursive, but little did we know about the positive benefits. with the skill no longer being taught in some schools, retired systems engineer and long-time dock volunteer (since 2006), janine mccann, decided to bring cursive to the dock. janine says, “the cursive logic method was innovative and efficient, but more importantly, research indicates that children who write in cursive have academic and creative advantages over those who use keyboards exclusively or in combination with printing by hand.” in fact, brain scans show that handwriting creates more activity in the brain than keyboarding, which means that a person will have better memory and understanding of what they write by hand. a recent article in psychology today cited research showing that students wrote more words, faster, and expressed more ideas when writing essays by hand versus with a keyboard. also, janine says, “it might seem trite or unnecessary in our digital age, but i believe it’s valuable to be able to read personal letters written by our ancestors and to read the original founding documents of our country as they were written, not simply transcribed into type.” 11th annual anchor breakfast april 20, 2017 crowne plaza oceanfront key note speaker: brevard superintendent of schools, dr. desmond blackburn this year, in partnership with love, inc. and club esteem, bndc will be kicking off gifts from the heart christmas shop. based on the understanding that families prefer to provide for themselves rather than accept a hand out, gifts from the heart christmas store will allow parents and guardians to purchase gifts for their children at a drastically reduced cost. this is a unique concept because each gift is actually two - a gift for the child and the gift of dignity for the parent. to learn how you can help, visit www.giftsfromtheheartshop.org gifts from the heart christmas shop did you know the congress has reauthorized the ira charitable rollover? this means that if you are 70 ½ or older, you can make a charitable gift up to $100,000 from your ira. your gift will qualify for your required minimum distribution and you will not have to pay federal income tax on the amount given from your ira to charity. hats off to former dock teen emanuel “eli” campbell! after high school graduation, eli worked at burger king and earned certified production training (cpt) and osha certifications. these programs were initiated by the edc’s lynda weatherman and were implemented by our colleagues at macedonia baptist cdc. eli is now a proud army cadet and says that his training is paying off! to stay updated on what is new at bndc, follow us on facebook or visit www.bndcserve.org. summer camp round up the dock is back to school after a fun filled and educational summer camp! during the eight- week summer program, groups of campers attended codecraft camp, foosaner art camp, and makers camp and basketball camp at holy trinity episcopal academy. vacation bible school came to the dock, thanks to ascension catholic church, and the dock went to vacation bible school at northside presbyterian church. we explored st. augustine, visited kennedy space center and even got to see a launch! more adventure was found at andretti thrill park, the museum of science and industry in tampa, the orlando science center, busch gardens, the navy udt – seal museum, fit, brevard zoo, and the grave of zora neale hurston. campers even got hands on science lessons when bndc board member and fit professor, dr. gordon patterson, turned them into zika commandos! thank you to harris corporation and community foundation for brevard for grants that made all of this fun and learning possible! most importantly, dock youth are back at school without suffering the effects of the “summer slide” - the loss of academic skills and knowledge that can occur over the summer holidays. every monday through thursday, each child participated in the dock’s brain power hour, where math and reading were the focus. the catalyst - bndc news promotes brain activity learning cursive
“the place god calls you to is the place where your deep gladness in the worlds deep hunger meet.” -frederick buechner becky and gene cavallucci are thoroughly enjoying their retirement! the free time affords them travel opportunities and time to revel in being parents and grandparents. they have also found “deep gladness” as bndc volunteers. after 22 years as trinity wellsprings church business manager, becky made an intentional decision to engage as a bndc office volunteer, helping us stay in touch with donors by writing letters and assisting with special event planning. she was such a regular, valued volunteer, that we established an email account for her! becky stepped away from the volunteer corps in 2012, when she accepted a board position. she has served as secretary and is currently bndc’s treasurer. she also serves on the personnel, finance, and special events committees. when the friends gathering theme was italian, becky provided homemade desserts. she even engaged dock youth in putting the finishing chocolate touch on the biscotti! as a corporation active in both community development and social services, bndc encounters many situations that require legal advice. becky’s husband, gene, held the position of vice president, general counsel at harris corporation prior to his retirement. now, gene generously shares his time and expertise - from program policy review, to corporate documents, contract review, fair housing matters, and more. what a tremendous gift to be able to pick up the phone and talk to gene! when bndc set up an endowment with the community foundation for brevard, the cavallucci’s led the way, including bndc is their estate planning. their significant donation to evans center helped us meet a grant challenge match. thank you becky and gene for bringing joy and blessing in so many ways, to so many people! you are cordially invited to the gathering of friends at the stunning french colonial home of lila and keith buescher. join the fun as we kick off the dock expansion and chart the course for more youth in the booker t. washington neighborhood. enjoy hor ‘douerves, drinks, and a house tour while mingling with old and new friends, on october 28 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. to be a sponsor or reserve your ticket, visit www.gatheringoffriends. org becky & gene cavallucci the dock got a face lift anchors aweigh october 28, 2016 at the home of lila & keith buescher 2 0 1 6 lila & keith buescher g a t h e r i n g o f f r i e n d s for the we’re charting the course supporter spotlight dock kids reported to the first day of summer camp to find vibrant new paint, a new flat screen tv, a beautiful mural depicting the dock’s history and honoring founder, sister irene summerford, and several other enhancements. this project was made possible in part by bb&t, who chose bndc as a “lighthouse project” and sent over 20 volunteers over the course of a week. there are also many others to thank. supporter, mariel simon, coordinated with interior designer, annette bennett, who lent her expertise to our awesome new color scheme. jessie sibert painted the mural, chris taylor led the installation of our new baseboards, and the rockledge rotary helped purchase a new smart tv that was graciously installed by modern media. mec donated and installed a new bike rack. our teens helped prep, paint and clean up all week long! dock parents got in on the action too and helped with finishing touches late into the evening before camp began. residents in the powell- driskell heights communities are excited by the vision for evans center. this planned, multi-use building will include a market and brevard health alliance clinic. in this area, where 68% of residents own one or no car, accessing healthy food and health care is difficult. a community survey revealed that the majority of respondents grocery shop twice or less per month. that equates to limited fresh food in homes. to raise awareness and capital, evans center leaders have launched a monthly farmers & flea market on the future site! there is beautiful produce for sale and a variety of community vendors. a special thanks to the city of palm bay partnering on this project! for more info - www.evanscenter.org evans center update printing of the catalyst is underwritten by shein & wente, cpa 2627 w. eau gallie blvd. suite 101 melbourne, fl 32935-5318 321-394-1300 e-mail: [email protected] 2016