Healthy minds and bodies strengthen our community

Restoration is at the forefront of efforts to address health disparities in Brooklyn and empowering communities to improve access to healthy foods, increase physical activity, and abstain from high-risk behavior.

Center for Healthy Neighborhoods

Restoration has spearheaded a number of initiatives to tackle the serious health problems that affect low-income communities in Central Brooklyn - such as high rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. To facilitate access to healthy food, it has sponsored a modern, well-stocked supermarket (Super Foodtown) on its own premises. For the past four years, it has organized a Farmers Market during the summer months. The market supports local farmers and food producers and is one of the few very places in Bedford-Stuyvesant to offer a wide selection of fresh, organic produce.

With rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes exceeding state and city averages, Central Brooklyn’s communities of color face significant health challenges. Restoration is leading a number of initiatives to address these health disparities. Strategically, we’ve focused on improving access to healthy foods and promoting opportunities for active living.

To promote physical activity among area residents, Restoration hosts free exercises programs twice a week, attracting 50-120 attendees on a typical evening. The Citi Bike program, introduced in 2015 with the aim of encouraging bike sharing both as an exercise and a transportation alternative, has also seen an impressive growth in ridership over the past two years.

With the introduction of Citi Bike in Bedford Stuyvesant several years ago, Restoration took on bike share as a valuable tool to improve health and increase savings. Restoration leads the Better Bike Share Partnership with partners including Citi Bike Operator Motivate, the NYC Department of Transportation, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, two local hospitals, and many more. What started as a pilot has now grown into a citywide program. Our partnership has likewise expanded with a goal of replicating our successes across communities of color citywide.

For more information on what we’ve accomplished, read our full report on Bringing Equitable Bike Share to Bed-Stuy here!

Webinar Resources

Restoration has launched a webinar series as a means to educate and raise awareness of our bike share work, and help other organizations replicate our model. We hope these resources will provide powerful tools to other organizations and communities, whether starting or expanding
bike share programming.

Building Subsidized Bike Share to Improve Community Health - Part 1 -February 13th, 2018 - Description:
Bikeshare programming can be used as a workforce development tool to empower employees and clients to improve their health through increased physical activity and mobility. This webinar will present a case study of Brooklyn-based Interfaith Medical Center's work as a
model for replication by healthcare providers, nonprofits, and employers.

  • Power Point
  • Webinar Recording (for download coming soon)

Building Subsidized Bike Share to Improve Community Health – Part 2 -Feb 27th, 2018 - Description:
This webinar spotlights two unique organizations- CORE, which services homeless and re-entry populations, as well as Per Scholas, which is a citywide workforce development organization- and describes how they used bike share to support their employees and customers.

  • Power Point
  • Webinar Recording (for download coming soon)

Promoting Bike Share through Promoting Bike Share Through Ride Leadership and Community Events 

March 27, 2018

Webinar Information:

Learn how a community may use weekly bike rides and community events as a means of promoting a culture of biking. This webinar will demonstrate how communities such as Bedford-Stuyvesant and Harlem have used these vehicles to better engage residents and promote the health and wellness of residents.

  • Power Point
  • Webinar Recording (for download coming soon)

Check out these future webinars

Promoting Bike Share through Youth Engagement

April 24, 2018 - 2 pm

Webinar Information:

This webinar explores a variety of efforts in NYC being used to engage youth as early adopters of Citi Bike. Strategies include ways to better connect youth to biking as a mode of transportation to school, work and recreation with examples including NYC pilots such as Citi Bike to School and Citi Bike for Youth.

RSVP here

Biking Your Way to a Bigger Bank Account

May 22, 2018 - 2 pm

Webinar Information:

Learn how bike share can be used by both organizations and individuals as a valuable tool to increase savings. This webinar addresses how various membership options can support your clients, staff, and broader community. Hear from financial counseling professionals on how to translate transportation savings into other areas of one’s financial plan. The session also addresses how bike share can be used as an entry point for the unbanked, encouraging them to open a bank account and address credit issues impeding their financial health.

RSVP here

Promoting Access to Healthy Food

  • Restoration is proud to bring the Restoration Plaza Farmers’ Market and the Woodhull Hospital Farmers’ Market to the local community. Taking place every Wednesday from July through October, patrons may enjoy healthy, affordable produce and family programming including exercise classes, music performances, and book readings by celebrated authors.
  • Restoration’s Farm to Institutional Sourcing is working to connect regional food producers with early care centers, senior centers, and hospitals, integrating fresh produce into the daily meals of thousands of Central Brooklyn residents.
  • Farm Share programming and intergenerational educational programming with healthy cooking demonstrations and garden visits helps educate and empower residents around the importance of healthy eating choices. To learn more send us an email.

Connections to Care

Our goal to help individuals become healthy both physically and mentally. The Connections to Care initiative de-stigmatizes mental illness and increases access to mental health provider services in communities where mental health often goes unaddressed. We're one of the community based organizations working in conjunction with the Mayor’s Social Innovation Funded, Thrive Initiative to address the mental wellness of New York City residents. Mental illness is an issue of public health. We are embedding mental health in our daily operations to ensure all members of the community have a place to go where they can receive assistance coping with life challenges.

Services:

  • Screening for stress, anxiety, depression and substance abuse needs.
  • Referrals to onsite and external trained counselors and other support networks.
  • Stress Management Peer to Peer support group services (Tuesday 2-4).

Eligibility:

  • All members of the community are eligible for our mental health services.

How To Enroll:

  • Call customer service or simply walk in to schedule an appointment.

Contact:

  • Shimonah Israel at (718) 636-6994 or sisrael@restorationplaza.org

Do you ever find yourself feeling completely dismayed by a physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and or social aspect of your life?

Are you nervous, anxious of constantly worried?

Have you been sad for 2 or more weeks? Has it negatively impacted your work or ability to function?

Has drinking or other drug use caused problems between you and your family or friends? Has it negatively impacted work, school or your personal life?

Resources

Get immediate help 24/7 coping with any mental health issue by visiting link: https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/

Active Living

Restoration is committed to increasing opportunities for physical activity. Part of our work has included transforming the physical environment to make it more conducive to active living. Efforts have included activating public spaces for exercise, building playgrounds, and renovating
a local football field. Most recently, Restoration has been promoting bike share as a convenient transportation tool with numerous mobility, health and financial benefits. Efforts include:

  • Citi Bike: With 36 Citi Bike stations in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Restoration is working to promote equitable bike access and usage among Bed-Stuy’s largely minority and low income residents. Restoration's Brooklyn Bike Brigade facilitate events, education and bike rides throughout the community in order to familiarize residents with Citi Bike and its many benefits. To purchase a Citi Bike annual membership visit citibikenyc.com or email us at citibike@restorationplaza.org to find out about additional discounts.
  • Free twice weekly guided bike rides depart Restoration Plaza each Wednesday and Saturday from May through October. Check out our calendar for times and routes.
  • Thanks to efforts by Restoration, Motivate, the operators of the Citi Bike program, NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), and NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Citi Bike ridership in Bedford-Stuyvesant increased by 56% from March 2015 to December 2016. Read the full report on Bringing Equitable Bike Share to Bed-Stuy here!
  • Major community events hosted by Restoration and our partners include bike safety workshops, helmet fittings, and giveaways. Check out our calendar for event times and locations.
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July 2018

Community Bike Rides: Kweli Campbell

July 28 @ 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on April 21, 2018 at 10:45am

One event on May 12, 2018 at 10:45am

One event on June 2, 2018 at 10:45am

One event on July 28, 2018 at 10:45am

One event on August 18, 2018 at 10:45am

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August 2018

Wealth Building Wednesdays: The Savings Mindset

August 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Bridging the Racial Wealth Gap Description: We know it’s important but we keep dipping in.  Learn about the importance of saving for Education, Retirement and a Home, how to find the best savings options and get the best terms. _______________________________________________ Get on track to financial stability and success with free 2018 monthly series, that provides the inspiration and information needed to help you reach your goals. The series will include inspiring speakers, professional practitioners, successful entrepreneurs and  hands-on workshops to put…

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Community Bike Rides: Kweli Campbell

August 18 @ 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on April 21, 2018 at 10:45am

One event on May 12, 2018 at 10:45am

One event on June 2, 2018 at 10:45am

One event on July 28, 2018 at 10:45am

One event on August 18, 2018 at 10:45am

Register here so we know how many Citi Bikes to reserve!

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September 2018

Wealth Building Wednesdays: First steps to Starting your own Business

September 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Bridging the Racial Wealth Gap Description: A celebrated Brooklyn entrepreneur will tell her own story and what she wished she knew before she started. Presented by Restoration's Brooklyn Business Center.   Get on track to financial stability and success with free 2018 monthly series, that provides the inspiration and information needed to help you reach your goals. The series will include inspiring speakers, professional practitioners, successful entrepreneurs and  hands-on workshops to put your knowledge into practice.   The series will cover a rich…

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October 2018

Wealth Building Wednesdays

October 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on June 13, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on July 18, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on August 15, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on September 19, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on October 17, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on November 14, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on December 5, 2018 at 6:30pm

Bridging the Racial Wealth Gap Get on track to financial stability and success with free 2018 monthly series, that provides the inspiration and information needed to help you reach your goals. The series will include inspiring speakers, professional practitioners, successful entrepreneurs and  hands-on workshops to put your knowledge into practice.   The series will cover a rich array of topics including: The Five Rules of Economic Liberation; How to get to 750; Slaying your Debt, The Savings Mindset, Your First Home Purchase…

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November 2018

Wealth Building Wednesdays: First home purchase, the Route to Wealth

November 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Bridging the Racial Wealth Gap Description: Mitchell Lama Housing Options.  Hear from former clients of Restoration’s counseling program who now own Mitchell Lama Housing…learn how to get a quality, affordable apartment in NYC. Get on track to financial stability and success with free 2018 monthly series, that provides the inspiration and information needed to help you reach your goals. The series will include inspiring speakers, professional practitioners, successful entrepreneurs and  hands-on workshops to put your knowledge into practice.   The series will…

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December 2018

Wealth Building Wednesdays

December 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on June 13, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on July 18, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on August 15, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on September 19, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on October 17, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on November 14, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on December 5, 2018 at 6:30pm

Bridging the Racial Wealth Gap Get on track to financial stability and success with free 2018 monthly series, that provides the inspiration and information needed to help you reach your goals. The series will include inspiring speakers, professional practitioners, successful entrepreneurs and  hands-on workshops to put your knowledge into practice.   The series will cover a rich array of topics including: The Five Rules of Economic Liberation; How to get to 750; Slaying your Debt, The Savings Mindset, Your First Home Purchase…

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