Giving Back? Or Getting Back? It was supposed to be a "Flop"

Home Stager with Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island #888


 That's what they told me; my own Guild.  Trying to do a project on the scale has never been done before by ANY members of the Guild.  And if the project "flops" (their word, not mine), it will look like the Guild flopped.  I almost dropped the idea---almost.  Until my son stopped in one night when I had just gotten the letter discouraging me.  "Don't worry about it, we'll do it."  Right.  This is the kid who can't be bothered taking out the garbage.

But he didn't forget and I finally found a place that I wanted to go see.  With an interesting background. Samuel Jones, of Jones Beach fame left a $15,000 grant in his will to "the needy."  (In contrast to the $1,000 he left his wife, I'm sure SHE was pleased about that!).  1836. A board ran it and it had survived all these years.  They take in the elderly, the poor elderly I should say that otherwise would have no place to go, an increasing problem here on the Island.  We went to see the place, I got sad and my son got mad.  The deck (which opens up to a beautiful view of the water) was badly broken and the residents were stuck inside, year round.  Every room in the place was awful, they are totally non profit and badly overlooked, even by the government for grants.

I had in place two Guild members who said they would help.  Two.  Out of all the members on the Island and New York City.  Did we want to pick a room, the commitee asked us (I wasn't expecting to meet with a commitee).  And my son, the kid who can't pick his own socks up tells them HE is going to fix the deck.  He is actually sickened that the residents can't go outside.  And I am saddened by the rest of the place, there is not ONE nice room for them to go.  The residents crowd into a hallway and called it the Library. 

Until I had spent days, hours, and lots of begging to get supplies, posting for volunteers, and everything started to fall into place, one of the two came to help.  She picked out the color of the conference room (that purple was NOT my choice!).  Purple is supposed to be the accent color for money in Feng Shui, you're not supposed to be bathed in it.  But it's the room where all the financial decisions are made...and it apparently worked.  We painted, decorated, did a lot of Shuing and hoping for more people to come in. The garbage still doesn't get taken out and socks are still on the floor, but my son spent days on the deck.  And if I can get the pictures up, you'll see the difference!  And I'm going back again this year; there's alot of truth in "It's better to Give then to Receive."  Which I wouldn't have known had I let people discourage me.

The Jones Manor, Bayville, NYThe Jones Manor

I'll get these pictures down yet:)  The others are on my site if anyone wants to see, this is my first picture post :)






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Barbara J. Edwards, Exec. Director Nicholas J. Donohue, Counsel Peter J. Kurzweil, M.D., Med. Director


November 15, 2006

Ms. Carole Provenzale  

Dear Carole:

Barbara J. Edwards, R.N. Executive Director


r apologize for how long it has taken me to write. It does not mean that I do not think of you often and all the great things you have done for us. Just walking into the board room makes me smile. I also think your influence and that of your associates is working with a change in the atmosphere here. But there have been more concrete examples in the form of monetary gifts. We have received several gifts of cash, and two new private pay residents. In addition we received notice of a $ 20.000 grant from Senator Marcellino and a $ 150,000 grant from Nassau Country to replace our leaky roof. Dignitaries from the town attend the resident's birthday party, a group from Town Hall is holding a yoga class for the residents each Saturday, The Rotary Club is having lunch here this month, and the Mayor is holding a function here! Talk about energy you and your associated seem to have stirred up a lot of good energy at Jones Manor! Thank you,

*I apologize for the way the letter came didn't scan right.  But this is my first picture post so I'm getting there:)

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Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 



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John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
Very impressive and inspiring post, Carole! It must be gratifying to see the financial support, but even more so to see the spirit and life that you've brought to this building, its residents and the surrounding community. Congratulatons on a very successful project!
Mar 14, 2007 04:50 PM #1
Lola Audu
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Hi Carole,  This was a very inspiring post.  It's wonderful to see how your son also engaged and was so proactive in moving forward.  As you are giving to others, it is obvious that in many wonderful ways, much is being given back to you.
Mar 15, 2007 03:44 PM #2
Paul Anyanwu
CRS, SFR, Broker-Salesperson, Sales West Orange,NJ
I like your post i like giving back instead of getting back, thats why i like helping people.
Mar 17, 2007 07:40 AM #3
Debbie Malone
Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management - Lynchburg, VA
From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
Awesome post Carole! Kids can amaze us, you think they just live in their own selfish world and then they  step up to the plate better than adults sometime. Congratulations on a job well done. I'm sure this won't be the last collaboration between Mother and Son. How great for him to learn that HE can make a difference, I know you're proud of him!
Mar 17, 2007 01:53 PM #4
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Carole... there is a lot of truth to what you stated.  thanks for sharing.

In regards to your pictures... I read your comment in my other post. What troubles did you have here?  And what would you want corrected?  Let me know... maybe we can change it now...  giving you a quick idea how easy this can be. I did most of mine from trial and error. let me know.... 

Mar 18, 2007 11:44 AM #5
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

HI Jeff,

Thank you, I'm going to give it another shot soon....I am trying and it sounds easy until I get there!  If I erase one more post, I'm going to start doing them in another place to save them first!  Thanks so much for the kind offer.

Mar 19, 2007 03:33 AM #6
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