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New Day Cafe and Workshop Offers Path for Youth Training on STJ

For years, St. John residents have been looking at the vocational programs including carpentry, culinary arts and marine trades offered by My Brother’s Workshop and asking, “Why can’t we have something like this on St. John?”
Brian Zehring of V.I. Staffing Solutions has funded hot meals for seniors through the St. John Community Foundation.

On STJ, Multiple Free Meal Programs Fight Hunger

Church groups on St. John have been providing meals for at-risk residents on St. John, but the threat of hunger resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has individuals and community groups teaming up to fight hunger.
Rasheed Baker helps set up lunches for distribution at My Brothers Workshop and Cafe. (Photo provided by My Brothers Workshop)

World Central Kitchen Partners with My Brother’s Workshop for COVID Response

Chrystie Payne, of My Brother’s Workshop, took a chance and reached out to the international World Central Kitchen for help feeding needy Virgin Islanders.

My Brother’s Workshop Supplies Over 9,500 Meals

As the territory grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations such as My Brother’s Workshop have stepped up to the plate to ensure that the most vulnerable stay fed.
In this October 2017 photo, My Brothers Workshop prepares meals for people in the month after Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the islands. Source file photo by Kelsey Nowakowski)

Coronavirus Strains V.I. Charities

While government officials are advising people to isolate themselves at home, hundreds of Virgin Islands residents wander the streets, sleep in alleyways and congregate in parks.
AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins, left, presented the Andrus Award Tuesday to Scott Bradley and Alma Winkfield. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

AARP Honors Pair During Visit by National Officers

The AARP of the Virgin Islands presented its top award for volunteers Tuesday, bestowing the Andrus Awards to Scott Bradley and Alma Winkfield. The awards were presented at the recently reopened Ritz-Carlton on St. Thomas.
Volunteers stuff supplies into new backpacks Tuesday. (Photo by Samuel Hodges for Home Depot)

My Brother’s Workshop, Home Depot Distribute 2,000 Backpacks

The Home Depot Foundation, the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands and local nonprofit My Brother’s Workshop worked together to outfit 1,000 backpacks full of school supplies for students and schools throughout the St. Thomas and St. John districts.

13 Students Graduate High School Through MBW Education

The ceremony was held at the St. Thomas Reformed Church, where MBW founder Scott Bradley created the non-profit 12 years ago.
SJCF Executive Director Celia Kalousek (2014 file photo)

They Survived the Storm, Now the Struggle is on to Fund Nonprofits

After several months of responding to high demand for services, Virgin Islands charities are facing some more familiar challenges. Some, but not all, say they’re feeling funding pressures and point to a trickle of revenues from the government that help fuel their operations.

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