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Hurricane Sandy – New York Dream Center Responds

Many people were affected by hurricane Sandy. All you see on the news is the damages that it caused, the after effects of a natural disaster.

Unfortunately, there were many people who died. Some people lost their houses, their electricity, their gas, and so many other valuable and important things. Many of which are irreplaceable.

If you were affected severely by the storm, my prayers goes out to you and your family. If you weren’t affected by the storm than you should find some time or some way to help out the people who were.

I thank God that the worst my family and I experienced was a little cold weather and not anything extremely serious.

Since Wednesday I’ve been searching for a way to help out the victims of Sandy. Looking up information in the internet barely helped.

I want to volunteer and just be put in the middle of things to help people ut right away. But all I saw was “Donate this amount of money”  and “Donate that amount of money”. Donating is great but I don’t have any money to give.

I hardly found clear links to places where I can volunteer my time, skills, and services. And, if you wanted to volunteer than you would have to attend an orientation or training, nothing right away. I understand some people need to be trained on how to deal with people, but there’s so many things going on that need immediate help so I wanted to share what NEW YORK DREAM CENTER is doing.

NEW YORK DREAM CENTER is an amazing church in downtown Manhattan that is volunteering and giving aid and everything they have to all everyone they can reach.

To volunteer, we will be meeting up in West 25th St between 9th and 10th avenue at 11am. Feel free to walk up to any one of us.

Check out the video and you will certainly be motivated!

Hey Everyone,
I pray this letter find you safe and dry from the crazy couple of days we all have had. Hurricane Sandy I guess really wanted to make her presence known on the east coast. We are doing everything we can to begin to meet the needs of those impacted by the storm in the city. We presently are working daily in our normal Adopt A Block Site in Chelsea. We are bringing water,candles, and supplies to those stuck without any power. Many elderly live on high floors and cant get out due to no power. Our team has been amazing walking up 15-20 flights of stairs in the dark bringing supplies to those who are without.
There are two ways you can begin to help 1.) Follow us on twitter to find out daily what time and where we will be out bringing supplies to those in need. We need all the man power we can get. 2.) We have started a Hurricane Relief Fund to help us provide resources to get all the supplies needed during the Relief efforts. We NEED donations! Please visit newyorkdreamcenter.org to Donate.What an incredible opportunity we have as a church to simply BE THE CHURCH to our City. The need is GREAT and we will do our part in seeing that need met. The Dream Centers Motto has always been “Find a need and fill it, Find a hurt and heal it.” And we get to do just that during this trying time. Let give JESUS an opportunity to shine like never before! To any of you that are reading this that need help during the aftermath of the storm please email or call us with your needs so we can do our best to help you. For further updates please follow us on twitter @nycdreamcenter to stay update to date with all that we are doing.Stay safe and keep our city in your prayers. We love you all!!!

Pastors Brad and Stella Reed

Church Email: nydc@dreamcenter.org
Church Phone: 917-327-6050
Website: newyorkdreamcenter.org                           

How to get Ombre hair yourself!

I think its time for a change, perfect timing to change my hair style. I’ve never done anything to my hair, I love my natural hair color so I’ve never dyed it, never had highlights, or even extensions. I’m adventurous but not with my hair!

Ombre hair is a very popular trend for 2012, and I like it. I might just try it myself. What do you think of it? For those of you who already have it, what is your opinion on it?

If you want to try it out on your own here’s a video to guide you: ¬†Hope you like it!

Get Ombre Hair Yourself!

10 Tips for New College Freshman

¬†“I wish someone would have told me this before college.” ¬†

First off ¬†Congratulation to all those who graduated, you’ve made it and now it’s time for a new era in your life! : )

I wanted to give new college freshman’s out there some helpful tips for their first year. I might have been more excited for college if I wasn’t worrying about these things. I did not live in a dorm room my first year, I commuted which means some things might be a little different for college newbies who are going to dorm this year. ¬†These tips should apply to almost any school you go to. So here we go:

1. Be on time!

College is not like high school, they will not care if you are late or early it’s your responsibility to make it there and not miss anything. Though some colleges do mark lateness, they will not tell you until you see it on your grades, (you should know that more than three lateness is bad).

Leave early enough to grab the best seat and to be prepared by the time the professor walks in.

On their first day a lot of people plan on making it on time, but unplanned things DO happen and you do not want to be the person who doesn’t get there on time, who has to find an empty seat in a packed room, somewhere that you can’t hear or see the professor. That person has already missed part of the lesson and disrupted a class. Then they will also have to take out their things, taking ¬†more of their time, using a laptop? they’ll have to find a plug, using a book? they’ll need to ask someone for the page number. Woah, too much!

– Why not just start the day a great way and be early and ready instead. They would have been much happier.

2. Buying books

Do not buy books in the college bookstore, they are way more expensive there than anywhere else. Try Amazon, Chegg, Cengage, Barnes and Noble, or other cheaper book stores.

For those of you who might not really want to buy all your books, I have great news, you do not HAVE TO order them all until your first day of school. On the first day many professors give out a syllabus, sometimes it’s online, and then they say that the book is not mandatory, it’s optional and they give ¬†a week or two for those who don’t have their books.

But if you rather be safe than sorry, I recommend you to buy all the books because there a lot of things in the books that are not covered in class and you’ll need the information for finals. But then again you can study with a friend from their book and save money. It’s up to you.

When you’ve spent ¬†$100 on a text-book that was unnecessary, that you might not be able to sell back for the same price it sucks. ¬†I have books that I bought that I haven’t even opened yet and the semester is over. I guess that’s when renting books is good.

Renting books aren’t always a good idea though, you are paying less and that’s awesome, but you can never get any of that money back like if the book were yours, you can never make marks on it, and what if you have to repeat the class, then you have to give the book back and rent it again spending much more money than if you had bought it in the first place.

Ebooks are also not the greatest thing, for those of you who love being on electronics and can manage reading on a small cellphone or on the computer screen then go ahead, otherwise it’s better to be old-fashioned with a textbook.

 3. Get organized

Professors will be giving a lot of papers, a lot of books, a lot of things that seem like they’re not important right now. One day you may need them, so keep them organized.¬†I have three folders that I label and I know where to go to look for something if I need it.

Pay attention to due dates! and take a lot of notes.

Not only should your books and papers be organized, you should be neat as well. Have you ever heard the saying, “a crowded room leads to a crowded mind”, well it’s true.

For the people dorming, Mom and Dad aren’t there to take care of you any more, college is all DIY, so start learning how to cook, how to do your laundry, and how to put your things in order, in the end it will benefit you.

There might be someone walking around with a tiny pink t-shirt and you’ll know it’s because they didn’t know how to do their laundry. Keep yourself clean, keep your room clean, and keep your bag clean.

4. Friends

Everyone is looking for a friend in the first few weeks of school. College is no different. In fact people are more friendly than ever because they want to meet new people and make a friend. If you have a roommate it might be easier to have a friend because you’re sort of always around each other. Be nice, be open and be yourself, I’m sure you’re a great person! If you’re still having a hard time making friends Get Involved, which leads me to the next one..

5. Get Involved

I know it’s the first year and you might want to settle in before joining any groups or teams but I think it’s better to join right away. try new things. You’ll meet new people who already know their way around the school, sometimes you’ll get to know the staff and that’s always good, and you’ll have an activity for when you have nothing to do, which believe it or not it is often, unless you want to study all day then go ahead. Maybe you can start your own club.

6. Be healthy

Don’t forget to eat breakfast – it’s not a good idea to eat in class. You don’t want to starve in the middle of a three-hour class. A healthy breakfast can last you for a long time, can wake up the brain and get your metabolism going. Drink a lot of water and maybe bring small snacks if you want. Try to stay away from foods that make you tiered and lazy.¬†Exercise is great and very much necessary, even if you’re already fit, it’s always good to get the heart going.

GET ENOUGH SLEEP.

7. Check your school Email

There is important information and updates that you might miss because you didn’t check your school email. Also clean out your other email addresses so that you won’t miss anything important and urgent.

 8. Take advantage!

Take advantage of everything your school offers. Especially take advantage of the library. Take advantage of their books and computers. Take advantage of their counseling or tutoring¬†programs. Take advantage of the faculty that are there to help you. Take advantage of the scholarships that they offer. I think you get the point. Most importantly ask your questions and don’t hold them back, it might seem overwhelming at first to ask in front of a large crowd but you’ll get used to it.

9. Majors

If you know your major that is great, but if you don’t then do not worry. You have two years to experience and think about what you want to do. The sooner the better of course but you don’t need to freak out over not knowing what you want to do with your life yet. Most of the people in college have no idea what they want from their major.

10. Be happy!

Last but not least, Be happy, you made it farther than a lot of people. Do not stress out over the little things. You will definitely make lots friends, studying is not as hard as it seems, and remember to be intelligent, quick and adaptable to the different situations.

For the people who are going to live in a dorm:

“Dorming is a life experience you can not get anywhere else. It instills independence & responsibility. You build friendships that will last a lifetime.”

Good bless  you all on your first year and may you all experience and learn great new things with great new people.