Lauren Lottermoser

Mental Health & Certified Recovery Peer Advocates

Mobile Crisis Assessment Team (MCAT) – Mental Health & Certified Recovery Peer Advocates The Problem The stigma on mental health in our nation leaves many people left without treatment which can lead to adverse behaviors (substance use). The World Health Organization noted that “the single most important barrier to overcome in the community is theContinue reading →

Surviving Summer Vacation

Surviving Summer Vacation! Every parent and child care giver at home with a child in the summer can probably tell you how many days  left until Labor Day. While summer can be an amazing time to connect with your children, it can also be draining to be home all summer long with children that demand constantContinue reading →

How Job Stress Contributes to your Mental Health

How Job Stress Contributes to Your Mental Health Something that is very well known in the scientific world is that job related stress affects you emotionally and mentally. Many people either have to work, or, choose to work in order to keep them busy and help them feel a sense of being needed which isContinue reading →

What is Universal Pre-K?

What is Universal Pre-K? Universal Pre-K, or UPK, is a government-funded preschool program, which means it’s free to those that attend.  In New York State, only a select number of school districts offer UPK. Why Is Universal Pre-K Important? In the 2013 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said, “Education has to startContinue reading →

The Neighborhood Center 2020 Calendar – exciting advertising opportunity for local businesses!

We are offering a great opportunity to partner with the Neighborhood Center, Inc. where you can make a difference! For more information on ways you can help our cause through advertising/sponsorships, please Click Here and contact Jeff Gornick, Director of Development at (315) 272-2622 or Our mission at The Neighborhood Center is to enrichContinue reading →

Clinical Director, Shawn Johnston’s Interview with the Observer Dispatch

June 17th, 2019 – Our very own Shawn Johnston, Clinical Director, was interviewed by the Observer Dispatch this week for their Monday Morning Conversation piece. Johnston discussed her role as Clinical Director and why she returned to The Neighborhood Center – – find the interview HERE.

Norm’s Child Care Challenge

As a long-standing board member and father of two, I have strong feelings about the importance of child cares’ role in a child’s development and the success of the family unit.  You may have heard me talk about my feelings on this before. I strongly believe that if we are able to support one youngContinue reading →

National CACFP week is March 17-23. 

National CACFP week is March 17-23. During National CACFP Week, The Neighborhood Center, a New York State based non-profit sponsor of the CACFP joins with Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, and Fulton family child care providers in acknowledging the many ways our community benefits from the CACFP. Research also indicates that participating in the CACFP isContinue reading →

Yoga and Stress

For centuries, Yoga has been proven to reduce stress and increase joy in one’s life. The benefits of yoga in regards to stress reduction are limitless. Yoga lessens stress on one’s mind, body and spirit.  The timeless teachings of yoga tell us that joy, wisdom, energy, and love lie at the core of our being. Continue reading →

Reflections on 2018 at The Neighborhood Center

As 2018 draws to a close I cannot help but reflect on all that has been accomplished this year.  I think to myself, what do YOU and more than 200 dedicated employees of the Neighborhood Center help provide each year to more than 40,000 individuals in the Mohawk Valley and beyond? I am proud toContinue reading →